Bryant Legacy Plus 90 Furnace
Updated: Feb 3, 2016
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Overview of the Legacy Plus 90
The Bryant Legacy Plus 90 is a single stage, Energy Star rated gas furnace with an AFUE rating of up to 95.5%. The Plus 90 uses Bryant's Fan On Plus technology to increase air circulation and fan control. It features a low-noise combustion system for quiet operation, and a high efficiency air filter cabinet to increase air quality. It also uses a pilot-free ignition, on board diagnostics, and a digital thermostat for easy consumer use.
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Consumer Reviews of the Bryant Legacy Plus 90
Date created: 2016-02-03
Name: Michael Netter
Location: Grosse Ile, MI
"Bryant furnace lawsuit"
My mother had a Bryant 90 Plus furnace that kept tripping the flame roll out switch. Turns out there is a lawsuit on all Bryant 90 Plus furnaces with certain model numbers after 1989. The engineer tried to cut corners and installed a secondary heat exchanger that was plastic coated instead of using a stainless steel exchanger (this has since been changed back to stainless in all new models). Keep in mind, Bryant will not own up to this as a recall, you must mention the lawsuit from the U.S. and Canada. Go online to look up the model numbers involved in the suit, call Bryant (Carrier Corp.) and give them your info. You must use a local contractor that deals with Carrier equipment and they will get the free secondary heat exchanger and 4 hours labor from Carrier. You should not have to pay any extra unless it goes beyond the 4 hours (which it most likely will, you're essentially dismantling the furnace). To get you by until the furnace man comes, crack the main manual gas valve back slightly to prevent trip outs on the limit, this will also help to reduce the temperature and that plastic burning smell. Of course you won't be at full Btu's, but you will have heat (what is happening is the plastic is warping on the metal heat exchanger causing a plugged condition). The furnace has a low and high fire position and when it goes into high fire it will trip out if too much gas is entering the chamber because of the plugged exchanger !
Date created: 2013-10-25
"Poor Quality - Disappointing Response"
Furnace's major component - main inducer motor assembly failed while being on warranty provided by installer. Unit was installed in 2008 and failed in 2013, just a week short from warranty to expire. Cost to replace was close to $600.00. Although warranty-5 years parts and labor was given in writing, the installer and Carrier refused to honor it. Total breach of contract, but no one seems to care. Had a previous furnace for over 20 years with no failure of any component. Stay away from this brand, if you can.
Date created: 2013-06-15
Name: G. Wood
Location: Kansas City, MO
"Cheap Blower Parts - Poor Manufacturing Response"
We've had to replace the louvered blower drum twice in the first 6 years ($400+ ea, including labor) because they've disintegrated/fallen apart from normal use about every 3 years. Expecting to replace it yet again as we've passed the 8 year mark. The blower starts to make a racket for a day or two and then the blades just fly off. Clearly inferior materials and cheap spot welding. Additionally, we just had to replace the blower motor (almost $500). We've never had blower issues like this with other brands (Lennox and Carrier), twice as old as this. We contacted Bryant after the last drum failed and their response was, in essence, "so what, we think they're fine".
Date created: 2012-08-28
Name: Bo Bowes
Location: Newmrket, on
Bryant Hi efficiency furnace and a/c installed in 1989. Gas usage was about 60% of what neighbors used on either side of me. In 23 years, a/c failed in the first 3 weeks. Replaced immediately under warranty. No problems since. Furnace quit twice. First was frozen gas meter. Second was bird getting into exhaust fan. No other problems, nothing never.
Date created: 2011-11-06
Years owned: 11
I own a bryant model 350mav which is only 11 years old, the unit was installed by a professional hvac company and after the 5th year, I started having problems with it, first I had to change the inducer blower motor, then I had to change the control board, and now my secondary heat exchange unit is completely rusted and discharges a very fowl odor and rust in the utility sink. For an 11 year old blower, I have pretty much replaced every piece of equipment that needed to be replaced.
Date created: 2010-01-09
Name: Rich Johnson
Years owned: 20
"North East Ohio Bryant/Carrier system"
I installed my Bryant Plus 90 (398aaz) 88,000 btu in 1990 when I built my 2300 sq ft ne Ohio home. I changed the inducer fan once, the ignitor twice, the limit switch once, the fan control board (module) 3 times (twice for lightning strikes) and cleaned the flame sensor 2 or 3 times when it got too dirty to let the furnace run, and tried to oil the fan motor. No place to oil it. I will just change it when it goes, which should have been 10 years ago! I do all the work myself because it is so simple. I run the fan almost all the time to keep the heat(cool) even. If it croaks tomorrow, I will put another one in just like it. Oh, it gives me a $70.00/month gas budget. I added a Carrier 3 ton ac unit 4 years ago, and have had no trouble with it at all. It is a little short on the 95 degrees plus days, but we only have a handful each year.
Other Legacy Plus 90 Reviews
Although the Legacy Line Plus 90 has limited reviews online, most consumers on gasfuranceguide.com are pleased with the Plus 90's performance. One poster on the site says his model breaks down at least once a year, but overall he's satisfied with repair and parts costs. Another writer on hvac-for-beginners.com states the Plus 90 is a good, reliable option for a basic furnace.
Bryant Legacy Plus 90 Model Numbers
The Legacy Plus 90 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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Legacy Plus 90 Warranty
The Legacy Line Plus 90 comes with a 10-year limited parts warranty and lifetime heat exchanger warranty. Bryant also offers a 20-year labor limited warranty for the secondary heat exchanger. Warranty periods for products registered after 90 days is 5-years on parts and 20-years on heat exchangers. Optional extended warranties, which may cover labor costs, are also available.