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Bryant Evolution Plus 90i Furnace

#8 of 15 Bryant Furnaces

Updated: Jan 27, 2016

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The Bryant Evolution Plus 90i furnace is a two-stage, 4-way multipoise model with a variable speed blower motor. This furnace is Energy Star rated with an AFUE of up to 96.6% and features home comfort controls for easy operation. The Evolution Plus 90i operates on low stage heating up to 90% of the time for efficiency, and the secondary heat exchanger extends heat transfer. The design of the Bryant Evolution Plus 90i Furnace is CSA certified.

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All 21" 1 20x25x1 filter
All 24-1/2" 1 24x25x1 filter
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Consumer Reviews of the Bryant Evolution Plus 90i


Date created: 2016-01-27 Name: Pissed !
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Evolution 90 I Plus needs more evolving"
Installed in 2005. Started intermittent problem in 2011. Supposed to have a 10 year warranty but ****** ******* said it was only 5 years since I didn't get them to service it yearly (which was apparently mandatory, I find this out when I call them in 2011). Problem is code 14 "ignition lockout" which occurs after three failed attempts to ignite the gas burner and provide heat. Between 2011 and 2016 the furnace was almost totally taken apart, cleaned, inspected, and tested. Had the gas valve replaced but same code 14 problem. Told it can't be fixed until I have a hard fault, complete failure by a wannabe service tech from ** ******** in Ottawa. The latest contractor spent over 6 hours gathering data from tests and bouncing it off technical support without any success yet. It looks like I will have to replace the furnace to get satisfaction since nobody can find anything wrong yet. The latest contractor says all readings are within normal operating ranges and he's frustrated with having failed to find the problem despite technical support from the manufacturer. Pretty frustrating for me as well. Anyone know a trustworthy supplier and installer that's reliable in Ottawa ?


Date created: 2015-08-12 Name: R. Crevier
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia

Satisfaction Rating:

2 of 5 stars

Review:
"Lawsuit on coil"
Since I bought the furnace and heat pump from Bryant there is a lawsuit stating that the company knew about the faulty coil that I myself had to replace for an amount of $604.05. At this time the lawsuit is in the U.S. But I presume that it will follow in Canada since I had the same problem and also other clients of Bryant with the same effect coil.


Date created: 2015-07-23 Name: Fred Kempf
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"High repair costs"
I purchased a Plus 90i furnace in 2004. It is now 11 years old. Recently a noise appeared in the furnace and the Bryant service people tell me I have to replace an exhaust fan assembly costing approx $1100 plus labor to install, but they say Bryant has developed an improved fan assembly. If Bryant saw the need to improve this fan assembly, why didn't they issue a recall to have these fans replaced at no charge to the consumers? Instead Bryant just waited until these fans caused problems, thus letting their consumers pay this huge cost amount. Again, corporations like Bryant are abusing consumers. I will likely not ever purchase another Bryant product.


Date created: 2015-02-01 Name: B. Wilson
Location: B.C. Canada

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"Minor failure - covered by the warranty"
The Bryant 355AAV was installed by a reputable HVAC company 4 years ago in my newly-built house. The same crew did all the duct work, hrv, and electrical connections, so there can be no finger pointing. Overall I'm very happy with how the unit works. It's reasonably quiet in the basement mechanical room, and keeps the 2000 square foot house at an even temperature. I particularly like the Evolution system programmable thermostat; it's great for vacations and adjusting heating cycles for nighttime, etc. The furnace started making a grinding noise at the start-up of the inducer fan last September (2014). The installers put in a new unit. As with most things these days, it is not just a fan, but a total "module" which I was told is more than $400. The first replacement was faulty and they ordered another. Four-plus winter months now, and this one seems fine. The part cost was covered under warranty, but I paid an $84 labor charge. So the operating cost of the furnace over four years (gas cost aside) is $160 for 2 routine servicing visits plus the $84 to install the replacement part, or $61 per year, plus filters. I've got my fingers crossed reading some stories here, as everything but the heat exchanger goes off warranty in 8 months...but so far, so good.


Date created: 2015-01-28 Name: Sheila Connelly
Location: Harvard, IL

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Disappointed consumer"
This unit is noisy, especially when the second level comes on. It was 7 years old when the blower motor died. The replacement was $900.00. Its warranty was 5 years. We really feel ripped off and will not buy Bryant again.


Date created: 2014-09-13 Name: Mike
Location: Pembroke, Ontario

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Garbage"
Furnace came brand new with our new home. Complete junk. This furnace breaks down every single year and has never functioned properly. The only thing the furnace is consistent with is draining my bank account to repair it. It currently makes a grinding noise upon startup, overheats and then shuts itself off. After a nice argument over the phone, I was told it's only covered under warranty if there is no heat. Don't waste your time, this is the worst, junkiest, crappiest piece of garbage we have ever used.


Date created: 2014-07-11 Name: W R Manteuffel
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Blower motor"
I have three Bryant evolution systems at our home including one in a separate guest house. The compressor on one failed within a year after installation and was covered by warranty. The blower motor on one of the furnaces failed recently in the sixth year of its life and was no longer covered. I have been doing regular six month service! The replacement cost $1170 of which the motor was +/- $900 (they won't tell you what it costs because you can only get this GE motor with the service module which they make you buy) from Bryant. I called Bryant's home office to find out that there was no relief and that the warranty of five years was up. They would absolutely tell me nothing else not even what the part cost -- very dissappointing call! I kept the old motor and am told by a motor repair shop that they can put in a new bearing for $75 but can't test it because the service module is proprietarty! I'm going to try it for when the next unit fails. I would strongly reccommend against buying bryant and carrier is the same thing! They rape you on parts and the quality is questionable!


Date created: 2014-01-09 Name: LM
Location: Lima Ohio

Satisfaction Rating:

4 of 5 stars

Review:
"Heat exchanger warranty"
Just want to tell everyone I am the second homeowner for this furnace. I love it, but the company will not stand by the forever warranty of the heat exchanger, because we don't have a receipt from previous owners? Plus, they bought the furnace from the previous company that installed the furnace. They have all the information on file??? Well you tell me... Now we will have to buy a new furnace. Would you do business with them? We don't know what to do. By the way we love the Bryant evolution plus 90I. They tell us oh it's the cadillac of furnaces. Well what would you do? Thanks


Date created: 2013-10-12 Name: C. Devon Sawyer
Location: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"What Could Be Better"
After 24 years of service, our Bryant furnace finally died. What could be better?


Date created: 2013-09-09 Name: d oliver
Location: Thornhill, Ontario

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Blower Motor Goes After 12 Years"
Blower motor goes after 12 years, over $1000.00 to replace. Phoned them, they're unwilling to assist in any reimbursement. Had a Lennox for 30 years prior, NEVER, any major repairs.


Date created: 2013-05-24 Name: D Godbout
Location: Vancouverr Canada

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"Bryant Furnace After 2 Years"
Had the Bryant professionally installed 2 1/2 years ago. Already the major component has completely failed. Need the entire inducer assembly replaced. Thank God on warranty but a big service bill was on me. I cringe to think of all the other components that will start to fail. Bryant is a classic example of 'Made in China' planned obsolescence. Think it over before you buy a Bryant.


Date created: 2012-05-22 Name: B. Molgey
Location: Madison, WI
Years owned: 7

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"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 Name: H.Roberts
Location: Hamilton, CA

Satisfaction Rating:

3 of 5 stars

Review:
"Newly installed"
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: 2012-02-06 Name: Dave Mathys
Location: Chicago, IL
Years owned: 12

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"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 Name: CHRIS
Location: OAK CREEK
Years owned: 10

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"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

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"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

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Review:
"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

Satisfaction Rating:

4 of 5 stars

Review:
"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

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"Evolution"
Very quiet. Much lower utility bills. Love the Evolution controller thermostat. More even humidity control.


Date created: 2010-05-11 Name: Ned Charlton
Years owned: 19

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"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

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"Great Furnace"
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 Name: Bill
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Years owned: 2

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
"Great System"
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

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

Review:
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.


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Other Evolution Plus 90i Reviews

Comments on HVAC-Talk message boards and heating contractor sites are mixed regarding this Bryant Furnace:

  • 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.

Model Number AFUE BTUs per Hour
355AAV042040* 96.6 40,000
355AAV042060* 94.1 60,000
355AAV042080* 94.1 80,000
355AAV042080** 92.7 80,000
355AAV042080*** 93.7 80,000
355AAV042080x 94.1 80,000
355AAV042080xx 92.7 80,000
355AAV042080xxx 93.7 80,000
355AAV060080* 94.1 80,000
355AAV060080** 92.7 80,000
355AAV060080*** 93.7 80,000
355AAV060080x 94.1 80,000
355AAV060080xx 92.7 80,000
355AAV060080xxx 93.7 80,000
355AAV060100* 94.1 100,000
355AAV060100** 92.7 100,000
355AAV060100*** 93.7 100,000
355AAV060100x 94.1 100,000
355AAV060100xx 92.7 100,000
355AAV060100xxx 93.7 100,000
355AAV060120* 94.1 120,000
355AAV060120** 92.7 120,000
355AAV060120*** 93.7 120,000
355AAV060120x 94.1 120,000
355AAV060120xx 92.7 120,000
355AAV060120xxx 93.7 120,000
355MAV042040 96.6 40,000
355MAV042040* 95 40,000
355MAV042040-L 96.6 26,000
355MAV042040-L* 95 26,000
355MAV042060 94.1 60,000
355MAV042060* 92.7 60,000
355MAV042060-L 94.1 39,000
355MAV042080 94.1 80,000
355MAV042080* 92.7 80,000
355MAV042080-L 94.1 52,000
355MAV042080-L* 92.7 52,000
355MAV060080 94.1 80,000
355MAV060080* 92.7 80,000
355MAV060080-L 94.1 52,000
355MAV060080-L* 92.7 52,000
355MAV060100 94.1 100,000
355MAV060100* 92.7 100,000
355MAV060100-L 94.1 65,000
355MAV060100-L* 92.7 65,000
355MAV060120 94.1 120,000
355MAV060120* 92.7 120,000
355MAV060120-L 94.1 78,000
355MAV060120-L* 92.7 78,000

Evolution Plus 90i Warranty

Bryant Evolution Plus 90i furnaces come with a lifetime limited warranty on the heat exchangers and a 5-year limited warranty on all of its parts. Extended warranties are also available.

 
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