I have had four estimates to replace our 57-year old gravity furnace with a new forced-air gas furnace. The installation companies are all comparable, and the estimates are all in the same ballpark. So the only meaningful criterion I can come up with to make the choice is the quality/value of the furnace itself.
Each is proposing a different brand and model, and I am trying to get more information from one of them (no luck so far, but it’s only been a day or so). They are all 80% efficiency (plenty here in the very moderate San Francisco area) two-stage furnaces. Here are the brands and models:
Payne (unknown model so far; reportedly manufactured as an off brand by Carrier)
Bryant (probably Legacy Plus 80)
Anyone with actual experience with any of these manufacturers and/or specific models?
I have looked for comparisons on the internet, and other than consumer reports (which I have to pay for before I even know if they have any useful information) I haven’t found any site that says they compare different furnace brands and/or models. If you know of such as site, that would be a blessing. Or I would pay for the consumer reports if I had confidence that it would address at least some of these furnaces.