Payne Furnaces

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Payne Furnace Overview

Payne Heating and Cooling is a reputable HVAC company founded in 1914 by DW Payne and his son. Payne was purchased by Carrier in 1974 before being acquired by United Technologies in 1979. Payne is now under the UTC brand and sells affordable HVAC products, with some qualifying for ENERGY STAR® certification. 

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  • #15 of 86 Furnaces
  • 36.67% of customers recommended

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Gas Furnace Overview

Gas furnaces heat homes using natural gas or oil. The furnace’s pilot light helps heat the fuel, generating heat throughout the home that’s controlled by a thermostat. Homeowners might select a Payne furnace for short-term heating if they only plan to live in a home for a few years or if they’re looking for an inexpensive furnace in a moderate climate — economy models are priced as low as $680. 

Payne Gas Furnace Series and Models 

Payne’s high-quality furnaces offer efficiency and reliability. While their selection is limited, the brand is affordable and offers comprehensive warranty plans. 

Types of Payne Gas Furnaces

Payne offers non-condensing and condensing gas furnaces, with some models being ENERGY STAR® certified.

The PG92S Single-Stage Gas Furnace

These furnaces come with fixed-speed blower motors and combine comfort with consistent performance and value. The single-stage, noise-reducing units are dual-fuel capable and include Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings up to 92.1%. 

High-temperature limit controls help to prevent these furnaces from overheating, and they’re compatible with humidifiers and air purifiers to keep users comfortable year-round. These units provide steady heat even in the coldest months. 

Technical Specs:

  • These furnaces offer up to 92.1% AFUE and a heating capacity of 40,000 to 120,000 BTU/h
  • The Payne PG92S BS48080B uses natural gas and offers 1085 CFM 
  • These furnaces come with steel heat exchangers, induced draft combustion motors, and silicon nitride ignitions
  • Cooling capacity: Up to 3 tons
  • Weight and dimensions: The BS48080B measures 35 inches  x 17 ½ inches x 29 ½ inches

Price: For the latest pricing information, contact a local heating and cooling professional.

The PG80ESA Gas Furnace

With an AFUE up to 80%, PG80ESA gas furnaces are ideal for homeowners living in mild climates. The soft-mounted inducer motors reduce noise and vibration. Electronically commutated, multi-speed blower motors provide humidity control, even comfort, and energy-saving performance. Additionally, hot ignition surface self-testing features and LED diagnostics help optimize performance. The units include inner doors for tighter sealing and a draft safeguard lever for proper ventilation. 

PG80ESA models are durable and compact. They include single-stage gas valves and draft combustion motors with aluminized steel heat exchangers. They’re also chimney-friendly when combined with an accessory vent kit. The compatible thermostat controls heating and cooling while a four-way multi-poise design and 13 vent applications allow for installation flexibility. 

Technical Specs:

  • The Payne PG80ESA furnaces feature heating capacities of 45,000 to 155,000 BTU/h
  • Approved for use with propane and natural gas
  • Weight and dimensions: The A36070A furnace weighs 114 lbs and measures 29 inches x 14.1875 inches x 33.3333 inches

The Payne PG96VAT Two-Stage Gas Furnace 

These energy-efficient furnaces come with variable-speed blowers and AFUE ratings up to 96%, making them ideal for the harshest climates. Available in six sizes, they are ENERGY STAR rated and provide consistent temperatures all winter long. 

Technical Specs:

  • The Payne PG96VAT 30040AA is part of the Payne PG96VAT product line and has a CFM low heating of 660 and high heating of 815 
  • Heating output ranges from 25,000 and 39,000 BTU/h
  • Cooling CFM of 440 to 905 
  • Weight and dimensions: The 30040AA meausres 35 inches x 29.5 inches x 14.2 inches and weighs 121 lbs

The PG95S Single-Stage Gas Furnace

These mid-range Payne furnaces offer reliability and affordability, featuring fixed-speed, soft-mounted blowers and AFUE ratings that reach up to 95.5%. 

With noise-reduction capabilities and compatible thermostats for heating and cooling, these models offer even temperatures. Their high-temperature limit helps prevent overheating, and they are compatible with humidifiers and air purifiers. These units are not ENERGY STAR rated, but they provide consistent comfort in the winter months. 

Technical Specs:

  • The Payne PG95S furnaces feature induced draft combustion motors and single-stage gas valves 
  • Silicon nitride ignition
  • The PG95SAS48080B has an 80,000 BTU/h input, a heating control of 78,000, and a CFM of 1,600 
  • Heating output ranges from 26,000 to 140,000 BTU/h
  • Weight and dimensions: The PG95SAS48080B measures 29.5-inches x 13.6-inches x 17.5-inches and weighs 154 lbs

The Payne PG80ESA Gas Furnace

The most affordable Payne furnaces, this product line includes non-condensing gas furnaces with AFUE ratings up to 80%, making them best for milder climates. These furnaces work with propane and natural gas and feature four-way, multi-poise designs for optimal venting and easy access for HVAC technicians. A draft safeguard switch ensures proper venting while inner blower doors provide tight seals for sensitive parts.

Technical Specs:

  • The Payne PG80ESAA36070A is part of the Payne PG80ESA product line and includes five blower speeds, an ECM blower motor, and an HSI ignition type 
  • Heating output ranges from 40,000 to 140,000 BTU/h
  • This unit uses natural gas and meets California Prop 65 safety standards
  • Weight and dimensions: The PG80ESAA36070A measures 29-inches x 14-inches x 34-inches and weighs 114 lbs

Payne Gas Furnace Features

Payne offers affordable, no-frills furnaces. They come with insulated steel cabinets and include tight door latches for quiet comfort, even during the coldest months. 

AFUE Rating and Energy Efficiency

Homeowners should consider their current climate when deciding on optimal AFUE ratings. 

  • Warmer climates might only require AFUE ratings of 80% to 90%. Payne models with ratings in this range include the PG8JEB, PG8JVB, PG8MAA, and PG92S. 
  • Moderate and cooler climates might require AFUE ratings from 90% to 95%. Payne models in this range include the PG92S and FG95S.
  • The coldest climates typically require AFUE ratings of 95% or higher. Models in this range include the PG96VAT and PG95XAT. 


Several factors affect a furnace’s price, including unit size and type and installation fees. For example, a high-efficiency gas furnace might cost more if the home has complex installation requirements. In general, you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $7,000 for a Payne furnace with installation. For more accurate pricing information, contact a local HVAC professional. 

Care and Maintenance

Residential furnaces typically last 15 to 30 years. To prolong the lifespan of your furnace, you should perform regular maintenance, such as checking the air filter regularly and changing it when it’s dirty, making sure the furnace is free of dust and debris, and keeping the vents clean. You should also schedule service with an HVAC professional once per year.

Payne Gas Furnace Warranties 

Payne warranties include an automatic five-year limited warranty. The warranty is increased to 10 years if the unit is registered within 90 days of installation. The heat exchangers also come with a 20-year labor warranty. 

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Payne Furnace Reviews

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"Why all these complaints?"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

I have been an HVAC contractor in Mississauga Ontario Canada for 18 years now. For about the first 15 years I was installing only Keeprite furnaces and A/Cs with no major issues whatsoever. Back in 2016, Keeprite raised pricing by almost 25-30% on its equipment. That forced me -thank God- to turn to Payne which is almost identical to Keeprite and of course to Carrier, since both of these brands are owned by United Technologies that also owns Carrier. I have experienced zero issues with these in almost 3 years now and because of their low cost, my sales have been higher than ever. Well made, quality components and parts and so far very reliable. If you want a carrier or any other ''premium '' furnace keep these points in mind and take it from a pro: You can buy the most expensive furnace, but if it is not properly sized, installed and maintained, you will never get the intended benefit and value. I have come to realize after 18 years in this business that simple, well built, properly sized, installed and maintained furnaces and A/Cs will give the average consumer the most value not only initially but in the long run too. Most furnaces will be replaced after 20-25 years. A single stage, $ 2,500 simple furnace rated at 92% efficiency is a better value than a $ 4,500 top of the line 96% furnace with parts that can cost you a lot of money when they break down after a few years. Keep it simple and keep it clean.



"Good ol' furnace"

4.0 rating
Somewhat Satisfied

This Payne furnace has been in the house since I bought it in the early 1990'S. I didn't know much about furnace maintenance. Over the years the furnace has held up surprisingly well. Several techs. Have had a go at keeping it going from time to time, now I fix most of the problems. Other than replacing a relay, high limit switch and a new thermocouple, it plows through the cold northern Nevada winters well. Discovered these furnaces do not "like" high efficiency (hepa), type filters, it makes them run hot, so I use the cheapest, thinnest filters I can get and just change them out. The latest problem was the blower motor, but I can't blame the design as I didn't know you had to add lube from time to time to the motor. Thanksgiving morning I wake up to the smell of "motor smoke", the joys of home ownership. Fortunately after taking the blower assy. Out, removing the motor I was able to find a replacement locally the next day, didn't cost much either. The upside is the new motor is a 4-spd. Design(orig. Was a 3), so after a few hours of terminating the speed leads, fixing some modified wiring a few techs. Did along the way, I got it running through the terminal block(which has space in it for a 4 spd. Motor), the way it's supposed to be. Now I have a med. Hi setting, so as the heating season progresses I can manually go from low, med. Low to high if needed, use less electricity, and lower the "furnace" noise throughout the house. Seems like if you own a house long enough you learn how to fix everything whether you like it or not and all the parts to keep these older units running are still available. And it doesn't seem to be so inefficient on gas consumption(reasonably low operating costs), as to warrant a total replacement. One thing is for sure when this furnace is running right and I usually keep it set around 69 degrees(well insulated house, 1,200 sq. Ft.), you turn this thing up to 72 or 74 degrees (middle of winter/motor on hi), it will cook you out of the house, you can warn leftovers on the floor registers. So it's a keeper.

S. Perinn

Carson City, NV

"Boat anchor"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

Installer put the furnace in last winter, in my barn. Started flashing code 23 within a day. Installer was out here 6 times in 3 months. One time the squirrel cage came off the shaft. Fixed with lock tight. Then the squirrel cage became detached from its own centers. Basically self destructing. I would hope that the installer gets some kind of compensation from Payne because it shouldn't take 6 trips to make a furnace work.

Doug Short


"Cracked heat exchange"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

Heat exchange cracked and started pumping Carbon Monoxide into my home. My own Carbon Monoxide Alarms went off and we had to evacuate my home. It was red tagged of course and they tested it at 3600 ppm for the co. If you are reading this look up what ppm is toxic on co and it will give you an idea of my feelings on this furnace.

Brandon P

Idaho falls, ID

"Payne furnace"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

I had my Payne furnace for 15 years and had it replaced with Another Payne furnace on March 23 , 2017. Got three companies To give me a quote. One was very low and 2 were much Higher. I went with one of the higher quotes as those Two companies were more professional And we're more Knowledgeable. Payne is made by carrier- it's there brand they Sell to HVAC techs that don't have a carrier dealership.. They key is to have someone that knows what they are doing to Make sure the furnace is installed correctly. Poor installation is the Number one reason products fail or have constant problems.

J mcgovern


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