American Standard Furnaces

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American Standard Furnace Overview

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Consumer Reviews of American Standard

2.4

  • Very Satisfied
    23
  • Somewhat Satisfied
    1
  • Neutral
    7
  • Somewhat Unsatisfied
    4
  • Very Unsatisfied
    43
  • #17 of 86 Furnaces
  • 30.77% of customers recommended

American Standard Furnace Series

American Standard furnaces are offered in three tiers. The Platinum series are high end units, the Gold series are midrange units, and the Silver furnaces are the bottom tier. Each come equipped with features that differentiate the systems. There are also two furnaces which are not assigned a Platinum, Gold, or Silver series.

The main differences are Platinum comes with more features, such as AccuLink – the ability to remotely control a programmable thermostat. As you can see, whether it’s a Platinum, Gold, or Silver series, you can get nearly the same efficiencies, depending on which furnace you buy. Just because it’s Platinum, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s more efficient and will save you more money, simply it has more convenience features. The warranty is, however, better on the Platinum and Gold series.

Where are American Standard furnaces made?

American Standard claims their furnaces are manufactured in Tyler, Texas, as well as five other plants within the United States. American Standard and Trane are owned by parent company, Ingersoll-Rand, which has its global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

American Standard-Specific Features

Some features of American Standard furnaces we will cover include the aforementioned AccuClean ™, AccuLink ™ , Comfort R ™ , and Vortica II ™ .

AccuLink

  • Programmable thermostat
  • Compatible with ethernet and wifi
  • Remote control your system
  • Featured on Platinum series

AccuClean

  • American Standard claims their technology provides up to 99.98% cleaner air down to .1 microns of allergens. This compares to HEPA filters, which provide up to 99.99% cleaner air, but go down generally to .3 microns.
  • This is a separate unit, which is an air cleaning system that is added on. It is compatible with all American Standard furnaces.

Comfort R™

  • Built-in dehumidification system
  • Reduces moisture in the home, particularly in warmer months
  • Fan setting that enables the blower to slowly ramp up as the compressor loads the coil, leading to the aforementioned
  • Featured in Platinum and Gold Series

Vortica II™

  • Air flow system for the furnaces
  • Variable speed air handler
  • Claims to reduce noise and improve efficiency
  • If a series has an ‘S’ in the name, it is equipped with the Vortica II

Nexia

Nexia is a 3rd party home monitoring system, with which a number of American Standard and Trane thermostats are compatible.

What do Heating Contractors Say?

On the pros side we found:

  • “I’m partial to Trane (American Standard) over Lennox. In my experience, Trane gas furnaces are easier to work on than Lennox and I’ve seen very little issues with them.”
  • When choosing American Standard over Frigidaire, one called it a, “no brainer”
  • “American Standard & Trane are great. Usually top of the Consumer Reports reliability ratings,” one expert said.

On the cons side we found

  • Other brands may run quieter, such as Frigidaire
  • One notes the warranty isn’t as strong as competitor Daikin (owner of Goodman)
  • “The nicer bells and whistles systems are more complicated, and may be more difficult to set up initially,” a contractor said of the higher end products.

Silver Series

The Silver Series corresponds to the lowest expense, efficiency, and comfort. There are six models within this category.

These basic American Standard furnaces have silicon carbide igniters and several burners, which contribute to their AFUE of 80. They have multi-speed blowers and vents, which are necessary to pass air through the furnace. The heat exchanger is made from aluminum.

One of these furnaces operates on oil. It has approximately the same energy efficiency as its brothers.

Gold Series

 [ American Standard Series : Freedom 80 ]

The gold series contains four models, ranging in AFUE from 80 to 95. One of them is a single-stage furnace, like those in the silver series. Two are variable stage furnaces, which means they have extra capacity stored in a separate unit. This capacity can be activated on particularly cold days, but does not run in milder weather. This flexibility saves energy for the system. The Gold ZM is a variable-stage furnace, which increases this efficiency further by adding a range of options for operating level.

All Gold models have a steel secondary heat exchanger, which harnesses a small amount of additional energy. They come with a setup option that allows the user to input only outside air. This arrangement creates a fresher indoor environment, though it will increase the energy cost of operation.

The Ultimate models also use the AccuClean®, which filters particles (such as allergens and pollutants) out of the air. According to American Standard, this system has the power to clean 99.98% of the air in a house.

Platinum Series

The Platinum Series is the most efficient and expensive. These units contain, in addition to air filtration, the Comfort-R® system for controlling humidity. They have lots of insulation and run quietly.

The top-of-the-line model is the Platinum ZV. It comes with an AccuLink® interface for interactions with humans. Its AFUE is 95. It uses sophisticated systems to monitor itself and its environment in order to transfer heat in the most efficient way possible.

The Platinum Series furnaces, and some of the Gold furnaces, can help homeowners to qualify for a tax credit, as stipulated in the Middle Class Tax Relief Act.

Care and Maintenance

When you maintain a furnace properly, fuel costs stay more manageable. Have a technician service your furnace on an annual basis. Expect the technician to replace the unit’s air filter, vacuum out blower and burner compartments, and also check for drainage.

Many homeowners clean and / or replace their own furnace filters. We answer homeowner questions about their filters here.

Warranty

The Platinum models come with ten-year parts warranties, along with lifetime warranties for their heat exchangers. Gold models have lifetime warranties on their heat exchangers and five-year parts warranties. Silver models have the same five-year parts warranty, and twenty-year warranties for their heat exchangers.

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American Standard Furnace Reviews

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"Lasted 2 years after warrany then died."

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

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.

C Leon

Littleton, CO

"I am very happy with my American Standard Gold ZM"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

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.

Werner Friesendorf

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

"Wouldn't Buy Again"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

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!

Susan

"Run and hide"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

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.

Jesse Winna

Wright, WY

"Get the extended warranty"

3.0 rating
Neutral

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.

C. Sun

Monterey, CA

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