Bryant Evolution 90i Furnace
The Bryant Evolution Plus 90i furnace features home comfort controls for easy operation. Gas and oil furnaces are available in the Evolution Line. This furnace is Energy Star rated with an AFUE of up to 96.6%. This is a two-stage, 4-way multipoise model with a variable speed blower motor. The design of the Bryant Evolution Plus 90i Furnace is CSA certified. The Evolution 90i was recently a awarded a Consumers' Digest Best Buy award.
Consumer Reviews of the Bryant Evolution Plus 90i
Date created: 2012-05-22
Name: B. Molgey
Location: Madison, WI
Years owned: 7
"Read it all through"
I have worked on furnaces for 7 years. I started with Bryants and moved to a company that sold Lennox. They are both great brands for dependability. Read the negative reviews carefully, friends. Most of them revolve around poor installation. There are technical flukes that can happen outside the range of warranty, but Bryant has a 10 year warranty. That's on a 5,000 dollar piece of equipment. How many of your 30,000 dollar cars even come close to that? (Settle down, Kia owners, I know.) The point is, read all the info in each review before making a decision. A lot is opinionated and a lot is poor installation. That is not related to Bryant, but to the dealer you chose. Consumer reports has a top 10 list, check it out. Goodman is not in top 5 on that one, just look. I have been in these machines and in 6 homes a day for 7 years
Date created: 2012-03-26
Location: Hamilton, CA
I just had the new Bryant Plus 95I Preferred Series furnace installed. I pray we don't have many issues and can save on heating and electrical. This is a 2 stage furnace with a dc motor and 60,000 btu.
Date created: 2012-02-08
Name: Ed Jones
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Years owned: 2
"Very good usually"
I actually own the 355cav60100 (Plus 95s Evolution system) installed in a downflow configuration. Not sure what the difference is in the cav and mav but the cav wasn't available on the drop down list. I also got the Bryant humbblfp1418a whole house humidifier with the Bryant Legacy Touch and Go thermostat. The furnace/humidifier has been a good package for nearly two years - I got it April before last so I've only used it for one complete winter. It maintains a very nice temperature without the large fluctuations of my last forced air furnace. While this makes for excellent comfort, it means the furnace has to run a lot - sometimes, a new cycle will start before the blower even shuts off from the last cycle. The humidifier is worth it as it tames the nasty static electricity we usually have in this dry Colorado air. It does use hot water though, so that costs a little extra. And it has a small fan. When the furnace is raising the house temp from the overnight or away setting, it'll run on low for 15 minutes or so, then kick into high till the temp is slightly above the set point. While this furnace is much quieter than my last furnace (it runs on low or medium most of the time), it can still make some noise on high. Sometimes it even kicks into high after the set temp has been reached - strange. The main relay took a little getting used to also - it's mounted on metal and makes a fairly loud noise when it engages - it can startle on a quiet morning. I put a rubber pad under it which helped some. I don't get regular service from the hvac company. I change the filters and humidifier pads myself. I hadn't had any trouble at all with this setup until last week. The temperature was coming up early in the morning, before I had gotten out of bed. I heard the furnace shut off abruptly only about 1/2 hour after it started - it usually takes about 1.5 hrs to raise the morning temp. I found that the control board and surrounding area was wet and some switches had shorted out, shutting down the operation. The humidifier is located above the control board in the ducting and for some reason I still don't understand, water had come from above, down the ducting and onto the equipment below. I dried out the board with a hair dryer, reset the trouble codes and it started working normally. It did the same thing the following morning while I wasn't watching again. It wouldn't do it while I was watching, although I couldn't see inside the duct with the furnace in operation anyway. All I ended up doing is turning the water faucet valve for the humidifier down to only 1/4 turn open. I had watched the dump line from the humidifier through numerous cycles and noticed a surge of water in the line one time. Maybe the solenoid valve does something weird. Haven't had any trouble in days so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I put a loose cover over the control board so it doesn't get sloshed if this happens again. I'm happy with my purchase and would buy it again. I think I got a pretty good deal as the dealer was trying to get rid of it, I guess to make room for newer models. I hope I don't end up needing some expensive service.
Date created: 2012-02-06
Name: Dave Mathys
Location: Chicago, IL
Years owned: 12
"12 Years running without a hitch"
I guess the best furnace is the one you just don't even notice. I've had this quiet furnace in my house for almost 13 years now. I have to admit I don't do the scheduled maintenance every year, but it doesn't seem to have mattered so far. I don't know what else I could ask for in a furnace.
Date created: 2012-01-10
Location: OAK CREEK
Years owned: 10
"BEST FURNACE I EVER HAD"
Had a goodman before which I hated--switched to a bryant variable speed unit. This thing is so cool. I never thought I would be so excited over a furnace but after that goodman experience its nice to have a warm home when you come from work. It's so quiet that I rarely know its on.
Date created: 2011-10-22
Name: John W. Peterson
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Years owned: 7
"Fragile high efficiency furnaces"
We have a Bryant Plus 90I (355 mav). It cost about $5000 for furnace and installation seven years ago. Installation was botched and furnace was almost ruined due to a number of issues. It generally needs service every year and this year we had a new inducer board installed. The furnace ran a few hours and this item failed. If you want to know what is going to happen to companies such as this look at the appliance market. Five years ago there very few "foreign" brands and now they are dominant.
Date created: 2011-10-12
Name: Frank Decker
Years owned: 1
"Plus 95 Evolution Furnace"
Installer advised Bryant furnace Evolution Plus 90i can't be made to work on "comfort" settings, consequently blows only slightly warm air, which causes wind chill in house.
Date created: 2011-08-20
Name: Jerry K
Location: Near Winnipeg Manitoba
Years owned: 7
"Almost lives up to the promises"
New house and the top-of-the-line Bryant Evolution Plus 90I 60,000 btu furnace with matching HRV and Bryant Evolution Puron 2 speed 2 ton outdoor unit. If installed and maintained properly, unit works great. Most technicians are baffled by it. Very important at the start of heating season to "prime" the condensate drain trap and ensure condensate drain is free, otherwise you will have a horror show of problems. I have learned to do routine servicing myself, at least I don't fubar it working on it!
Date created: 2011-05-04
Name: Debbie koss
Location: Aurora, Il
Years owned: 8
very quite , much lower utility bills, love the evulation controller thermostat .more even humidity control
Date created: 2010-05-11
Name: Ned Charlton
Years owned: 19
"Bryant Furnace and Air Conditioner"
For 19 years now my Bryant Air Conditioner keeps on running. It is one of the first scroll compressor units available and just won't stop. I'd really like to have one of the new Puron High Efficiency unit installed so please old unit fail this year. My newer Bryant 90I furnace with the variable speed and Evolution technology is the best furnace that I have ever owned and I've relocated many times in the past so I've seen Lenox, Trane and others in my own home but none heat as quietly and provide the comfort the new Bryant does. I get both my units maintained every year so I'm sure that has contributed to the lack of failures and smooth quiet running. This manufacturer makes a fine furnace and air conditioner but make sure you are buying from an industry professional. I think that makes a difference too.
Date created: 2009-05-16
Name: M. Mares
Years owned: 8
I purchased a Bryant 355a model high efficiency variable speed furnace about 8 years ago. I don't think I could have made a better purchase. The heat has worked seamlessly for over 8 years now and I haven't touched it other than some routine maintenance and changing filters. It's also quiet and cut my heating bills by almost 50%.
Date created: 2008-09-05
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Years owned: 2
The Bryant 90I system is a great system we had a 80% Bryant system before and because I am a hvac contractor wanted the best for my house. Some of the problems that I read about are installation problems where the service tec fixed a part but did not find out why the part failed. Of course there are brands that we will not install because they cost us money in call backs. Bryant Carrier and Payne are great systems and I make money on these units.
Date created: 2008-02-21
Name: Brenda Clapper
Location: Plano, IL
Years owned: 2
We bought the Bryant 90i furnace with air purifier and humidifier, and it has been great. We have the maintance service twice a year, and so far that's the only thing we've needed done to it. I have asthma and allergies, and the air purifier and humidifier has really helped. The only complaint I have is the cost of the furnace filters. But, if you have your ducts cleaned out regularly, you don't have to change them as much.
Word of Mouth
Comments on HVAC-Talk message boards and heating contractor sites are mixed regarding certain parts of the Bryant Furnaces:
- One person at the HVAC-Talk forums claims to have had no problems with the Bryant unit or replacement of any parts in 20 years. But the compressor keeps going out for apparently no reason. Perhaps this problem is associated with poor or complicated wiring that sometimes interferes with the functioning of certain parts.
- Two other people at the HVAC-Talk forums concur. In their particular cases, however, the wiring interferes with the pilot light's performance, which, in turn, prevents the flame from igniting or causes the flame to extinguish right after starting.
- One professional tech at the HVAC-Talk forums clarifies that Bryant's five-wire valves tend to be aggravating because they interfere with pilot performance.
Bryant Evolution Plus 90i Model Numbers
The Evolution Plus 90i is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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The Evolution 90i can be adjusted for upflow, downflow, or horizontal air flow, depending on where the unit is placed within the home and the measurements of the living space. Models within the same or similar series are determined by their output capacity:
Bryant furnaces come with a 5-year limited warranty on all of its parts. The unit's heat exchanger has a lifetime warranty.