York vs. Trane: What’s the Best Furnace Brand?
January 18, 2017
If you’re considering between a York or Trane furnace, don’t worry: both are good brands, and both manufacturers make quality furnaces.
But when you’re comparing furnace brands, you should always do 2 things:
- Check the manufacturer's warranty
- Find a trustworthy furnace installer
We’ll cover both of these points in the article. Let’s start with warranties:
Check the manufacturer's warranty
No matter the furnace brand, over time, all furnaces break down and need their parts replaced. So you’ll want to make sure you have a solid warranty to reduce your out-of-pocket cost when it comes time for repairs.
- 20-year warranty on the furnace heat exchanger: A cracked heat exchanger is the most expensive part of a furnace to replace. So it’s a good idea to have it covered under warranty. Most furnaces live about 20 years, so you’ll want to make sure the heat exchanger warranty protection lasts for at least that long.
- 10-year warranty on parts: Good manufacturers will guarantee quality parts, backed by a warranty. Parts could include the blower motor or a hot surface ignitor. Before you buy a furnace, read through the warranty so you know exactly what’s covered and what’s not.
To qualify for these warranties, you’ll need to register your furnace online within 90 days of purchase.
It’s also worth noting that if you plan on selling your home, there may be additional paperwork and a processing fee in order to transfer the furnace warranty to new homeowners.
Find a trustworthy furnace installer
An improperly installed furnace can reduce the efficiency of your unit by 30%, which will cost you more on your utility bills and possibly shorten the furnace’s life. That’s why it’s important to find an honest and skilled contractor to install your furnace.
What makes a trustworthy furnace installer? Find someone who can:
- Demonstrate a heating and ventilation license: Contractors need to conform to local, state and national requirements when installing heating equipment. To find a licensed contractor in the Kansas City metro area, visit www.kcmo.org, select “Heating and Ventilation” and click “Get Contractors List.” Then search for the company’s name in that list.
- Provide proof of insurance: You wouldn’t let a doctor operate on you if they can’t cover an accident, right? Similarly, you shouldn’t let an HVAC pro install your furnace if they’re not insured. You shouldn’t have to pay if a contractor causes damage to your furnace or home during installation.
- Show you an AHRI certificate for your furnace: AHRI’s certification programs let consumers know that furnace performance claims made by manufacturers are accurate. When a contractor can show you this certificate, you’ll know that your furnace meets the efficiency quoted to you.
- Pull permits: For furnace installations in the Kansas City Metro area, you’ll need to pull a permit. Pulling permits assures that your furnace equipment and installation meet city, state and federal efficiency requirements.
- Offer a labor warranty: Some contractors will even offer warranties based on labor to ensure that they installed the furnace correctly. Before you install a new furnace, you should ask the contractor if they will extend a warranty on the installation.
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