Trane Furnace Consumer Reports

Consumer reports labels Trane as one of the leading marketers and manufacturers of gas furnaces. Trane models come in single and multistage configurations; most models have an AFUE rating of over 90%.

Trane units are available through a large dealer network and average about $3000, though the cost can range depending on the consumers needs.

Trane furnace consumer reports are readily available through consumer reports website or by reading customer reviews on various Trane websites.

Consumer reports claims they have found no significant differences between the major furnace brand names.

Trane furnaces are found to be one of the major brands least repairs, with a repair rate of 15% to 24%. Trane is listed as one of the top four furnace dealers/manufacturers, and the price tag is accordingly higher.

Trane furnace consumer reports have also found Trane dealers to have some of the best warranties among other top brands.

Despite what the consumer reports say, some actual consumers are not so impressed with Trane units. Most complain they were sold on a good warranty, but have found that Trane finds any way possible to avoid taking responsibility for unit problems, therefore leaving the problem not covered by warranty.

This would not be such an issue if the units were failing after years of services, but customer complains indicate problems after only a couple years.

Trane furnace consumer reports complain of Trane blaming installers or a homeowner’s ductwork for the unit issues, instead of considering a manufacturers error, and most customers end up paying for most or all of the repair parts and labor.

There are, however, many satisfied customers. Consumer reports list Trane as the third best furnace, only behind American Standard and Rheem, and these three brands trade places but consistently dominate the top three spots. Trane is typically just as good a buy as the other two, but for a lower or comparable price.

Trane is also very energy efficient. In 2007, they received Best of the Best award from the EPA. Trane furnaces have an efficiency rating of up to 97%, which means a lot more money staying in a customer’s pocket.

Most reports note that customers are more likely to leave a comment about a product if they are unsatisfied in any way, while happy customers are less likely to say anything.

Trane’s efficiency ratings also qualify consumers for energy conservation rebates through government programs in many states. While the higher efficiency models may have higher upfront installation costs, it seems to be worth the money for the energy and money saved down the road.

Energy efficiency experts recommend Trane as one of the most energy efficient and reliable brands on the market. In a unit with 97% efficiency, only 3% of energy is wasted, while the other 97% goes towards creating heat for the home.

As always, consumers are encouraged to do plenty of research before purchasing any new appliance. That being said, Trane offers a number of positives and has consistently maintained a presence in the top three furnace brands on the market.

Originally posted 2010-09-20 11:41:01.

Payne Furnace LED Codes

Payne furnace LED codes are a modern innovation allowing for built-in diagnostics to assist with identifying and correcting faults. The LED is used to alert the viewer to the unit’s condition. You will find the LED viewable through a port located on the blower access panel. You’ll need to be able to decipher and decide how to act on what the LED tells you.

Different codes signal different things. A steadily lit LED indicates the furnace is operating under normal parameters. A number of short flashes represents the first digit of a two digit fault code.

A number of long flashes indicate the second digit of a two digit fault code. Example: one short flash followed by two long flashes indicates Fault Code 12.

Some Payne furnace LED codes can be serviced at home, while others require a service technician’s expertise and experience. A breakdown of in-house codes that you can tackle include:

#12 indicates a power interruption of some sort occurred. Ensure the blower runs for 90 seconds prior to allowing the unit to run a normal heat cycle.

#13 or #33 indicates a limit switch lockout. Check the air filter as it may be dirty. If it looks fine, the air return or supply grilles may be blocked by debris. Locate and remove it.

#14 or #34 indicates an ignition fault or lockout, which means there is an issue with the gas supply. The control switch on the gas valve is probably on, and the supply shutoff valve might also be stuck in the open position.

#24 indicates the violet colored fuse. If a fuse is blown, there may be a short in the 24 Volt wiring.

#31 indicates the pressure switch is open. This might be caused by high winds or a vent restriction.

Payne furnace codes 21, 22, and 23 require a service technician’s know-how. Contact your local dealer for assistance.

If you ever feel uncomfortable or question remedying an error code, it is best to contact your local dealer for some extra assistance. Always remember to call for help is you detect the smell of gas while working on your unit.

Originally posted 2011-09-16 12:05:32.

Easy Haier Furnace Repair

Haier furnace repair is a topic that can ignite quite a flurry of conversation from current and past owners of Haier products. Haier is most well-known for making air conditioning units. They are a little less known for their furnaces, but their name has grown in the market due to their competitive prices.

Consumers report several common issues that end up needing repair. Within the first four years of use several consumers have had to purchase and replace the capacitor and fan motor.

Others have had to replace the heat strips and the system’s compressor within the same time frame. Almost all of these consumers have commented that they felt these parts should have lasted longer than four years or so.

The major down side to these common repairs is the ability of the consumer to quickly and effectively have repairs made. Although Haier does offer a warranty, consumers experienced a difficult time contacting the manufacturer when Haier furnace repair was needed.

They were expecting to speak with a representative or technician to troubleshoot their issues and order replacement parts, but were instead met by long waits on the phone with an automated system making it difficult to speak to a person.

Finding a qualified technician to work on a Haier furnace is another challenge many consumers have faced. It wasn’t until after dealing with a few inexperienced technicians that they finally found one qualified to troubleshoot and repair their issues.

Again, ordering parts was hard. Many consumers gave up on trying to use their parts warranty and instead tried to find the parts with local dealers or online.

Other consumers trying to diagnose and repair their units found it difficult to actually find any technician who would work on their unit. Haier is a top pick for contractor to install, but they are not qualified to work on them, making repairs a bit of a headache for someone who does not want to deal with repairs on their own.

Even the Do-It-Yourselfers out there have trouble with Haier furnace repair due to difficulties finding parts and proper troubleshooting guides.

Originally posted 2011-07-05 11:51:26.

Gibson Furnace Error Codes

When your thermostat starts blinking Gibson furnace error codes at you, it helps to have any idea what to do next. This guide is going to help you know how to deal with these kinds of situations. Before you know it, you will be a furnace technician.

Before you will be able to begin deciphering your Gibson furnace error codes, you will need to know where to find them. Some people think that Gibson furnace error codes appear on the furnace itself. This is not true.

Gibson furnace error codes show up on the thermostat. That is where you are going to find them. If you are looking other places, then you probably will not be able to find any Gibson error codes at all.

So, after you know where to find the Gibson furnace error codes, you will need to know what to do with them. There are some very common codes which might pop up. Some of these codes will be very easy to fix.

Other codes that come up will be really hard to fix. You might even need to hire a professional to come out and look at your furnace if some of the harder codes come up. Still, it’s a nice feature because sometimes you will be able to fix the problem on your own.

For instance, when the code “FLTR” comes up, that means that you just need to change the air filter. Most thermostats will have this message appear once every few months to remind you to change the filter.

This message doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the actual thermostat. Gibson furnace error codes like this are just reminding you to maintain your system. So, don’t worry too much about it.

After you change your filter, you might notice that the message is still there. Before you go and replace the filter again, you should know that the Gibson furnace error codes for filter change will keep coming up until you press a button on the thermostat that tells it that you’ve changed the filter.

If you don’t do that, then the system will never know that you changed it. So, make sure that you remember to hit the button after you change the air filter.

Some people have a lot of trouble looking for their Gibson furnace error codes because they don’t have an electronic thermostat. You see, analog thermostats will not have any Gibson furnace error codes. They would have no way of relaying this information. They are not built that way.

So, if you have one of the older systems, you will have to check this stuff on your own. There will be no friendly coded reminders for you. This can be a nuisance, but it might be better than buying a whole new system.

I hope that this how to guide has helped you learn how to understand Gibson furnace error codes. They can be a little complicated when you first start out, but the more experience you have with them the better.

Originally posted 2010-10-07 04:52:06.

Rheem Furnace Life Expectancy

When contemplating the purchase of a furnace unit for your home, it is important to research how long the product normally lasts before it either needs extensive repairs or needs to be replaced altogether.

You have to look at the quality of the parts used in the furnace itself, the length of the warranty given by the manufacturer, and the average amount of time furnaces last once installed and running.

In order to determine the Rheem furnace life expectancy, homework is required so crack open your laptop, find a search engine, and start finding facts about the furnace itself, and read accounts from people who already own one.

When looking a the Rheem Furnace Life Expectancy you have to take into consideration the quality of parts used when the machines are made. In some models of the gas furnace, they have started using a patented heat exchanger and a direct spark ignition.

Some of the models are also coming with filters that have a lifetime guarantee. They of course have to cleaned every month or so, but that means you do not have to buy filters for your furnace, and the filter is including the purchase of the product.

The gas furnace also comes with a integrated board that has a humidifier and electronic air cleanup hookups, and the box itself is made of galvanized steel. All of these things have had positive things said about them.

The Rheem gas furnace comes with a twenty year warranty of the heat exchanger and a ten year conditional warranty on parts when you register your product. The average furnace lasts about fifteen years, and both warranties fall between this time frame.

The heat exchanger may be guaranteed for twenty years, but if none of the other parts are covered after ten, it is pretty safe to say that the product is really only designed to last for about fifteen years.

It would appear that you might start pushing your luck after ten years as far as replacement parts are concerned. You will have to pay for them out of pocket when the parts warranty expires.

Many customers who have purchased a Rheem furnace, have said that they have owned units that have lasted up to 27 years without any major problems.

Many customer have said that their units are still working properly after twenty years. The product does seem to last, but many people get a little wary when the warranty expires because they are afraid of the large costs of furnace repair that could occur, so the choose to replace the furnace before the warranty expires.

Overall, it would seem that many people have had good experiences with furnaces over twenty years old, only having a few minor repairs to make in that time frame.

The Rheem Furnace Life Expectancy seems, according to customer reviews, to be over fifteen years. This is, however, from customers who have performed routine maintenance on their unit, and have had it installed properly.

Many of the minor problems people have had, have not cost them a lot to fix, and they have reported that Rheem customer service is willing to walk them through the process of some of these minor repairs over the phone.

As long as you take care of your furnace, it should take care of you and it has the potential to last over two decades. Nothing else seems to last that long does it?

Originally posted 2010-11-17 06:06:24.