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Carrier Performance 80 Furnace

2.3 of 5 stars 6 reviews | #13 of 21 Furnaces
Updated: Feb 24, 2016 | Read more about Carrier Furnaces | Performance 80 Warranty

Overview of Performance 80

Carrier's Performance 80 gas furnace is available in two models: 58CTA and 58CTX. These energy-efficient, natural gas-powered units have AFUE levels of 80 percent. The units feature a two-stage gas valve, direct-vent blowers and offers 4-way multi-poise capabilities. The Thermidistat™ Controls on the unit monitor temperature indoors and out, as well as indoor humidity levels, and then adjusts the system accordingly. A QuieTech™ system keeps noise levels low. Other features include Comfort Heat™ technology to limit temperature swings while efficiently heating, Comfort Fan™ Technology that allows the homeowner to specifically select the furnace's fan speeds and the PowerHeat™ pilot-free ignition system. The 58CTA provides capacity of 40,000 to 154,000 BTU/hour, while capacity for the 58CTX ranges between 44,000 and 154,000 BTU/hour. The Performance 80 is part of Carrier's Performance Series furnace line.

Furnace Filters for the Carrier Performance 80

Air Flow Configuration Cabinet Width Filters
All 14-1/2" 1 14x25x1 filter
(bottom air return)
1 16x25x1 filter
(side air return)
All 17-1/2" 1 16x25x1 filter
(side air return)
1 16x25x1 filter
(bottom air return)
All 21" 1 16x25x1 filter
(side air return)
1 20x25x1 filter
(bottom air return)
All 24-1/2" 1 16x25x1 filter
(side air return)
1 24x25x1 filter
(bottom air return)

Consumer Reviews of the Performance 80

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1 of 5 stars Crystal Lake IL
Date created: 2014-03-20

Carrier is not worth the extra $$

We paid more for the Carrier name when we bought our unit based on the impression from the sales guy when you buy a Carrier product they are made to last for many years to come. Well fast forward 6 years later and the inducer is shot. Our warranty has expired and since this happens to be one of the most expensive parts to replace we are forced to purchase another unit. The one we replaced it with was over 20 yrs old is ran like a champ but wanted more energy efficient. Should of stuck with the older unit it would probably still be running.

1 of 5 stars Toronto, Canada
Date created: 2013-08-18

Carrier BW9 High Efficiency Furnace

A few months after the 5 year warranty on the furnace ended, the heat exchanger developed a crack and water was spewing out on the floor of the furnace room. Had I not entered the room that nite and stepped in water, I would have gone to bed and who knows how much damage to my house and health would have ensued. The furnace was purchased from a certified Carrier dealer and serviced annually by the dealer. There were problems from the beginning starting with the installation and getting service from Carrier, especially in Canada, is almost impossible and the same can be said of their "certified dealer". Eventually, I found out the heat exchanger was covered but the labour cost of the installation of the new exchanger was very high and not covered. I decided I didn't want to spend that much money and bought a Canadian manufactured hi-eff. furnace from a dealer other than the "certified Carrier dealer". Why put another exchanger into such a furnace and have the same thing happen just beyond the warranty period? Besides, it was winter and who could afford the time involved in getting that part from Carrier? Just getting to talk to someone is a major feat and, when you manage to make contact, you get a very polite person who will not let you talk to anyone who can help you....a report has to be put in and then someone will contact you. Who has time for that in the middle of winter? Carrier is not a company I would recommend to anyone...neither for the quality of their product nor for the service that follows. Avoid them at all costs!

5 of 5 stars New Mexico
Date created: 2013-02-10

Totally reliable

We've had this furnace for five winters now and it has been totally reliable. Our gas bill went down noticeably as soon as we installed it. The two-stage feature is nice, and the high efficiency is a big boost. We have had no problems and no complaints about it - it just works, and we like that.

1 of 5 stars Calgary, AB
Date created: 2012-04-17

Lots of problems

I got a new 58cta110 furnace in October 2005. I have taken care of it all according to the installers instructions (change the filters on a monthly bases). However, we are on our 3rd motor! Had to put a new one in July 2009 and then again in January of 2012. It just broke down again in April 2012, just 3 months from us getting a new motor! The tech that came by thinks (they haven't fixed it yet) it may be a circuit board this time and waiting for the parts to come in. However, we have been without heat for two days (it’s been around 4c here). I phoned Carrier customer service to let them know the problems that we are having and their main concern was letting me know that the 5 year limited warranty has expired and that was it. They didn’t care less that their product was not any good! I’ll never get a Carrier product again and strongly recommend that you don’t either.

1 of 5 stars Calgary, AB
Date created: 2012-01-02

Carrier Weathermaker 8000ts-58cta

Don't buy a carrier furnace. So far we have had 9 service calls in the 8 years of ownership. The furnace has had everything go from burners, igniters, flame sensors, etc. Avoid carrier like the plague unless you like to get to know your carrier service repairman by name and recognize his voice over the phone.

5 of 5 stars Williston, ND
Date created: 2011-04-21

Very Happy With This Furnace!

This oil-burning furnace was already in our rental property when we acquired it last fall. I don't know for sure how old it is, but I don't think it's more than a couple years old. The previous owner stated that he had it installed during the previous summer, but I'm not positive. However, I have to say that if I had to choose a furnace to go in this particular property, I would definitely choose the same one. The residents never complain about noise, which is something I have dealt with in properties with other furnace brands. There has been no mention of problems with this furnace not working all winter. My husband hasn't had to go over to this rental property in the middle of the night to "fix" this furnace! I didn't receive a single panicked midnight phone call about this furnace all winter! Overall, I've been really impressed with the Performance line, and with the Carrier brand in general!

Other Performance 80 Reviews

In a forum discussion on, a prospective Performance 80 furnace owner expressed concerns over rumors he'd heard of condensation problems in the unit's secondary heat exchange. He asked forum members on advice regarding whether to go in for a Performance furnace or one from Carrier's Infinity series. The condensation rumors aren't addressed, as forum members are quick to recommend the Infinity series over the Performance 80. Forum posts on indicate that the Infinity furnaces are popular among these posters.

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Carrier Performance 80 Model Numbers

The Performance 80 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.

Model Number AFUE BTUs per Hour
58CTA045-08 80 44,000
58CTA045-12 80 44,000
58CTA070-08 80 66,000
58CTA070-12 80 66,000
58CTA070-16 80 66,000
58CTA090-14 80 88,000
58CTA090-16 80 88,000
58CTA090-20 80 88,000
58CTA110-12 80 110,000
58CTA110-16 80 110,000
58CTA110-22 80 110,000
58CTA135-16 80 132,000
58CTA135-22 80 132,000
58CTA155-20 80 154,000
58CTX045-08 80 44,000
58CTX045-08* 80 42,000
58CTX045-12 80 44,000
58CTX045-12* 80 42,000
58CTX070-08 80 66,000
58CTX070-08* 80 63,000
58CTX070-12 80 66,000
58CTX070-12* 80 63,000
58CTX070-16 80 66,000
58CTX070-16* 80 63,000
58CTX090-14 80 88,000
58CTX090-14* 80 84,000
58CTX090-16 80 88,000
58CTX090-16* 80 84,000
58CTX090-20 80 88,000
58CTX090-20* 80 84,000
58CTX110-12 80 110,000
58CTX110-12* 80 105,000
58CTX110-16 80 110,000
58CTX110-16* 80 105,000
58CTX110-22 80 110,000
58CTX110-22* 80 105,000
58CTX135-16 80 132,000
58CTX135-16* 80 126,000
58CTX135-22 80 132,000
58CTX135-22* 80 126,000
58CTX155-20 80 154,000
58CTX155-20* 80 147,000

Performance 80 Warranty

For the original owner, the Carrier Performance 80 furnace series is covered by a 20-year warranty on heat exchangers and 10-year warranty on parts. Consumers may also ask their dealer about optional warranties that could be extended, including labor and so on. If the product is not registered within a period of 90 days from the date of purchase, the warranty shrinks to five years. For users who reside in jurisdictions where the warranty benefits are not conditioned on registration, a 10-year limited warranty on parts is automatically applicable.

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