Tempstar SmartComfort VS80 Furnace
The Tempstar Smart Comfort VS80 is a gas furnace (an LPG conversion kit is available) with electronic controls and diagnostics. This furnace is rated an AFUE of up to 80%. It is a two-stage heater that has a two-speed blower and a variable-speed motor. The design of the Tempstar Smart Comfort VS80 Furnace is CSA certified.
Word of Mouth
Comments on HVAC-Talk message boards and heating contractor sites are occasionally critical regarding the Tempstar Furnaces:
- Repairing the Tempstar fan blower motor is high-priced, according to one guest at the HVAC-Talk forums. A service tech agrees, stating that even the smallest or simplest change, which usually includes parts, labors, and other fees, can cost a bundle.
- Another person at the HVAC-Talk forums stated that the outside condenser refuses to perform, and resetting doesn't do any good, suggesting poor wiring. Checking the wiring ahead of time saves headaches.
- The Tempstar works half the time, says another guest at the HVAC-Talk forums. Letting the unit rest does not guarantee better ongoing performance either. This unit is unpredictable and erratic.
- A service tech at HVAC-Talk forums states that a poor draft motor and faulty ignition can cause problems. Constant attention to the circuit board is a necessity; electrical design is questionable.
The Tempstar Smart Comfort VS80 Furnace can be adjusted for up-flow, down-flow, or horizontal air flow, depending on where the furnace is placed.
Tempstar has a 10-year no-hassle replacement warranty, a 25-year limited warranty on the heat exchanger, and a 7-year warranty on all functional parts. Warranties for the IIS80, DLX80 and PS80 are not as strong as for the VS80.