The Comfortmaker VS 90 furnace is a discontinued two-stage gas furnace with a variable speed motor. This unit is not on the current model list of Comfortmaker furnaces; the most recent literature on the product is dated 2009. The Comfortmaker VS 90 could achieve a maximum AFUE of 92 percent. The VS 90 featured a stainless steel heat exchanger that featured a ripple-edge design geared toward saving energy; the variable speed motor also created energy savings when operating at lower speeds. According to the manufacturer, the unit’s “SoftSound” motor and a fully insulated enclosure kept the unit running at low decibels.
I purchased a new comfortable furnace for my house. Not only is it really efficient, it is much quieter than my old one. They have a no lemon warranty that the other brands didn’t offer!
"Junk from day 1"
This furnace has not worked right since it was installed in 2005. It’s a piece of junk. I would never buy another one of these, no matter what the HVAC guy says. He doesn’t care; he comes back 2 to 3 times a year to replace parts. He must sell these to everyone to ensure he has continuous business. It is -27 here today and we have no heat once again. We had it serviced in October; what a waste of money. The original oil furnace from 1940 that we replaced was at least reliable. I curse the day we got this furnace. Another sleepless night freezing. Our children are going to school everyday cold and unhappy because the HVAC tech keeps saying I will be there, but he never shows up. We got a lemon and do not recommend a Comfortmaker…..more like cold maker. Junk, junk, junk.
The furnace is now 9 years old. For the past 3 years, it’s required service at the beginning of each heating and cooling season. The latest issue is the control module for the variable speed blower motor. It is no longer available, and the replacement kit is over $600. I would never buy an ICP product again.
After reading so many negative comments about Comfortmaker, I was hesitant to go with them. But my contractor told me how the significant components are made in USA and of the highest quality and are actually a division of Carrier and United Technologies. I believed him, he said they are reliable and perform as good or better than anything he has used. I was convinced and could not be happier. Great product – better performance and saving me big time gas and electric!!!
"Great product when installed by someone that cares"
I had a young man named Josh put my family in a VS 2-stage system 2 years ago and we love it. Our neighbors had another company put a different brand in — not all that good for them. But what I found interesting is on mine after they got the unit running they adjusted blower speeds, gas pressure and even checked what they called static and the neighbors contractor did none of this but they keep having trouble. So I guess it has a lot to do with the installer
The forum diychatroom.com features several posts from Comfortmaker furnace owners. One homeowner states that his furnace will not stay on, even after he replaced the pressure switch that seemed to cause the problem. The experts answers that the problem may be the heat exchanger; they advise having it checked immediately by an HVAC technician. Another post in this chain revolves around drainage problems. The advice from the pros includes cleaning the drainage pipe and making sure the hose is connected inside the unit.
A homeowner writes to hvac-talk.com and asks for a comparison of Comfortmaker, Carrier and Tempstar furnaces. An expert responds that a variable speed model such as the Comfortmaker VS 90 is a better option, and that proper installation is more important than brand name. ICP manufactures both Comfortmaker and Tempstar, and is a part of Carrier Corp.
A Comfortmaker furnace won't start, leading to a question on justanswer.com. The expert suggests several actions, including checking the thermostat's operation. Ultimately the owner is able to fix the problem by checking a fuse on the unit's circuit board.
Comfortmaker offers a lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger of the VS 90, and a no-hassle replacement warranty for the furnace for 10 years should the heat exchanger fail within that time. The parts are covered by a 10-year guarantee as well. However, homeowners must register their unit online within 90 days of installation to qualify for these warranties.
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