Consumer Reviews of American Standard furnaces
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Date created: 2014-10-18
"To all complainers here"
First and foremost, as you have read here, no brand is fault proof. All brands break down, some more than others. American Standard is not as good as it used to be, but better than most. Carrier is the absolute pits, and for those who care to listen, I have some true life horror stories. For the people that say only Trane reps should do start up, you are obviously surrounded by idiots. I am not a Trane technician, but have installed dozens of Trane units without a glitch. A/C units are A/C units, easy to understand if you have a brain. Quality has gone down some for sure, but just like your car, A/C units need maintenance. Every customer I have who does a yearly service never has a major problem; just tiny little things once every few years. Problems compound themselves and fester, so waiting too long to see a problem usually leads to many issues, or a major issue. Most of the problems I have been reading about here are due to bad service techs, rather than due to American Standard. So those of you that do price shopping for installers and techs, you get what you pay for. Look at cars on the road and the service departments that handle them. They are always busy, with either repairs or warranty issues. Nothing that is used as much as cars or A/C units, with all the moving parts they have, does not have issues to be looked at. Rheem, American Standard and Ameristar are all good products, and yes, they still have issues. Don't buy Carrier; their customer service is the worst(at least here in South Florida) and the warranty is the worst in the market.
Date created: 2014-09-16
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
"Freedom 80 Comfort R"
6 Years in (1 Year after warranty) the circuit board and ignitor had to be replaced! The cost was $600.
Date created: 2013-03-19
Name: C Leon
Location: Littleton, CO
"Lasted 2 years after warrany then died."
Lasted 2 years after the 5 year warrany expired then both blowers failed and cost 1/2 the price of the unit to repair. Will not buy again.
Date created: 2013-02-07
Name: Werner Friesendorf
Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
"I am very happy with my American Standard Gold ZM"
The new furnace reduced temperature swings and helped to lower my heating bills by 47%. Thanks to the 2 stage heating, running at energy- saving 65 percent capacity more than 80 percent of the time, 97 % efficiency. I do agree it can be the installer who messes up. The company I hired showed me several things the installer from the old furnace did totally wrong. They fixed it all at no extra costs. For example the fresh air intake was too close to the exhaust and the old furnace sucked in a mixture of pollutant with oxygen. That caused the body inside the old furnace to roost and deteriorate. The heat has never been more comfortable than now with my 2-stage Gold ZM furnace.
Date created: 2012-12-04
"Wouldn't Buy Again"
Installed our furnace on Christmas Day in 2006. We asked for the very best available because our first furnace died after just 7 years in a brand new home. In the past 5 weeks I've had service out 3 times. First because the blower worked, no heat. But now we have heat and no blower. $1,800 to fix the motor and one other part. Do your research and buy something else!
Date created: 2012-08-07
Name: Jesse Winna
Location: Wright, WY
"Run and hide"
My thermostat manual disappeared and I needed to find out some information on it. Easy right? In today's connected world it should be easy. No way - their web site says contact the dealer. The dealer says 7 days for a new manual. Are you kidding me! Thank God it wasn't something broken or I would have been up the creak. Instead I get a system that can't be changed because they are to stupid to put the manuals on their website. Meanwhile I can download an operations manual for my $15 clock from Walmart in 30 seconds.
Date created: 2012-01-17
Name: C. Sun
Location: Monterey, CA
Years owned: 4
"Get the extended warranty"
Furnace works well as does the Acculean (Aprilaire) air cleaner that was installed at the same time. After 4 years the computer control board died and the replacement cost was over $500 plus the cost for the diagnostic trip by the tech and the second trip out to install the new controller. It was replaced under the 5-year parts warranty but we were still out the cost for the two service calls. It would have been a good idea to pay for the extended warranty with a part that when it dies will cost $800 to repair. With a 5-year warranty we may end up replacing the board another 2-3 times during the life of the furnace. The dealer that sold us the furnace and installed it turned out to be the one company in our area that provides the worst service after the sale.
Date created: 2011-12-10
Name: Frances Egerton
Location: Orangeville Ontario
Years owned: 7
"Never buy a Trane furnace"
I bought this unit between 7 and 8 years ago. And today is Friday December 10 2011 and my furnace died again for the 5th time -- the main board is gone. My first board went at the first year. I have had Trane rep. here and that did not fix the problem. So now here I am with no money for a new furnace and no heat. There motto is: "Nothing Stops a Trane" -- that's a lie. Don't ever buy a Trane.
Date created: 2011-05-31
Name: Honey Crosswhite
Location: marin county
Years owned: 2
"Freedom 95 now call Silver ZI"
Ordered Freedom 90, installed unit did not work, company upgraded to freedom 95 without charge but week wait for new unit. New unit difficult to install, expensive (almost 10k). Must have service yearly to maintain warranty ($100/yr). Now coldest weather in months and mother board zaps out. New part comes from L.A. parts distrib, wrong part. Wait 10 days new part. Still freezing, disabled and cold creates immobilizing pain. Still waiting. Know a good attorney?
Date created: 2011-05-29
Location: cary nc
Years owned: 5
"Very dissatified with american standard"
Have an american standard furnace. wow, what I could say about this. for some reason moisture & scum builds up in one of the pipes and then furnace or air conditioner will not work. have to suck out this mess periodically. I cannot believe anyone would build such a thing. I am not able to do this, and have to call repair man to come and it is costly. do not, I repeat, never buy american standard.
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