Lennox Elite Furnace Overview

Lennox Elite furnaces are a series of gas and oil furnaces currently in production. Five gas models are available, ranging from two high-efficiency models, the EL296V and the EL296E, with an AFUE rating of ninety-six to the EL280, which has an AFUE of eighty. The EL296V and the EL296E are both Energy Star-certified. Single-stage and two-stage heating models are available in the Elite series. One model, the ELO183, is listed as an oil furnace in the Elite series, with an AFUE of eighty-three.

Furnace Filters for the Lennox Elite

Air Flow ConfigurationCabinet WidthFilters
Upflow / Horizontal17-1/2″1 16x25x1
filter
(bottom air return)
Upflow / Horizontal21″1 20x25x1
filter
(bottom air return)
Upflow / Horizontal24-1/2″1 24x25x1
filter
(bottom air return)
Upflow / HorizontalAll1 16x25x1
filter
(side air return)

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Consumer Reviews of Lennox Elite

2.5

  • Very Satisfied
    6
  • Somewhat Satisfied
    2
  • Neutral
    1
  • Somewhat Unsatisfied
    3
  • Very Unsatisfied
    12
  • #10 of 29 Lennox Furnace
  • 33.33% of customers recommended

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Lennox Elite Furnace Reviews

Showing 6-10 of 24 reviews

"My Furnace is the Worst"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

The Lennox Elite furnace came with the house. We’ve lived in this house for five years. I can’t say there is much that I like about it. It’s one of the worst, most inefficient furnaces we’ve owned. What I dislike about it is that it is very inconsistent. When it’s turned on, it blows cool air randomly. Then it seems to kick in and will blow hot air. For some reason, it doesn’t regulate itself correctly so that when it finally does blow hot air, it doesn’t self turn off when it reaches that temperature. It’s impossible to leave it on at night as it can become a sauna in a few hours depending on how it’s behaving. I had a repair man out twice the first year we moved here. The first man could find nothing wrong with it. The second repair man recommended replacing the whole unit. I wouldn’t recommend the brand to a friend. Replacing it is on my list of home repairs to do as soon as I’m able.

Encinitas, Ca.

"Worst ever purchase"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

Purchased on June 29, 2015 and waiting for the another repairman to arrive in 15 degree weather. This is the third visit this month. Furnace continually has to be reset, constantly giving error codes within a couple of days of being repaired. Decided to replace the old furnace during the summer because of AC problems and was advised to replace a 22 year old Day and Night plus 90 at the same time to avoid future problems. Big mistake! This is the first winter for this furnace and it has continually malfunctioned. Model EL296V supposedly a high quality unit as advertised by Lennox. This two stage furnace has been a total disaster so far.

Utah

"You are not their customer, the technicians are."

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

The manager of the store informed me that I was not their customer, that the technicians are. Their appliances are designed to fail, thus providing work for their customer. Do not buy a Lennox appliance.

United States

"One element burned in half"

3.0 rating
Neutral

Had this furnace 3 years, Two years ago the sequencer was ‘bad’, this year one of the four heating elements was ‘burned out’. Spent one hour total waiting for Lennox customer service to take my call (got disconnected from Louis the first time) and he didn’t call back as he said he would if the cell phone call failed when I went down the basement to check the model number on my furnace. The second time, Dominick was great. Seems like Lennox was really interested in making sure my dealer followed through on this repair since I have a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty. Just home this is the end of the bad news when I have my yearly maintenance done.

St. Louis, MO

"So far so good, & I wish I could take it with me."

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

My aunt passed away in 2013. We inherited half her store/home. In 2007, she had the place remodeled, and bought a near top of the line 96% efficiency furnace & central AC, with triple filtration, germicidal lamp, etc. The building is 1420 square feet. It is a 100+ year old brick miner’s home that was expanded & made into a grocery store in 1922. In the 1930’s it was added onto again, with indoor plumbing and a bakery/kitchen. In the 1940’s it was added onto yet again, and once more in the 1950’s, when it became a music store. So this is a poorly insulated, cobbled together mess, but it is comfortable as can be. Our highest bill was $280 for everything – water, gas & electric. This was in a very cold February when we had squatters in the building trying to run the bills up, just for spite. The unit is quiet and efficient. Even with the big single pane store front windows, the area between the supply vents is warm & comfortable. There is a little bit of cold spotting by the display windows, but this Lennox system makes the old building really livable. The AC is nice too. It does not “hard start” and it cools the place off great. We are in Colorado Springs, so the climate is rather moderate for winter and mild to moderate for summer. Maybe a few days of below 0, and sometimes it will stay below freezing for 30 days or more, but no -30, & rarely ever +100. I really wish I could take this system with me when I sell the place. I am a skilled tradesman, so I know the installation is not perfect, and the building is poorly insulated & poorly sealed, but this furnace is still wonderful. Filters are pricey, at $30 each, but they last a while too. I have not priced the second filter, yet. Don’t care, it’s worth whatever it costs. My home is in Phoenix, Arizona. We have an American Standard brand (not name) gas pack AC/Furnace rooftop unit there. It’s okay too, but I wish really we had the Lennox AC & Furnace. In August, our bill was $108 for everything. I set it at 75 degrees. We set it at 73-75 in winter, as we are used to the Arizona heat. Even with some sob tenant and a bastard executor of the estate trying to kite the bills and skim the utilities off the estate, the bills were not too bad. The executor put the utilities into the name of the estate, cranked the furnace up to 80 degrees and put the baseboard heater on in the garage set for 90 degrees, and it only ran up a $280 bill. The tenants were roasting coffee in summer and the roaster & the AC unit would not run at the same time, so this system has been abused by a couple of a–holes who knew they did not need to repair or replace it.

Colorado Springs, CO

Other Elite Reviews

An HVAC installer writes on the hvacsite.com forum about a problem with his personal Lennox Elite furnace. He is having trouble with the fan turning on and off properly; the experts at the forum agree that the problem is probably a faulty electrical board.

Another post on hvac-talk.com points out the fact that most HVAC forums highly recommend Lennox and Carrier products. Installers often say a homeowner cannot go wrong with these companies, and they should compare warranties, rebates, and tax credits to make a decision.

A writer on diychatroom.com has inherited a Lennox Elite furnace with the purchase of an existing home. He does not believe it has been serviced, and he is having problems with fan noise and the thermostat. The contractors online direct the homeowner to clean several parts on the furnace, and then see what happens. The post makes a good point about regular service check-ups.

Question and Answer

Question:

I need the meaning of the diagnostic light codes on the control board of a Lennox Elite Series

Answer:

The answer may vary slightly by model number. Here are the error codes for the Lennox EL195:

  • Off: No power to control or board fault detected Heartbeat: Control powered − displayed during all modes of operation if no errors are detected
  • 1: Reverse Line Voltage Polarity
  • 2: Improper Earth Ground
  • 3: Burner failed to light, or lost flame during heat demand
  • 4: Low Flame Signal − check flame sensor
  • 5: Watchguard − burner failed to light, exceeded maximum number of retries or recycles.
  • 6: Ignitor Circuit Failure − not available on this control
  • 7: Primary or Secondary Limit Open or Watchguard Mode − Limit Switch Open longer than 3 minutes
  • 8: Rollout Switch Open
  • 9: Pressure Switch failed to close or opened during heat demand 10 Watchguard − Pressure Switch opened 5 times during one heat demand 11 Pressure Switch stuck closed prior to activation of combustion air inducer
  • 10: Flame Sensed without gas valve energized
  • 11: Low Line Voltage

Notes:

  • A “Heartbeat” is indicated by a “Slow Flash” − 1 sec on 1 sec off, repeating
  • Error codes are indicated by a “Rapid Flash” − the LED flashes X times at 1/2 sec on 1/2 sec off, remains off for 3 sec, then repeats
  • Last 10 error codes are stored in memory − To recall, press and release button, most recent will be displayed first, LED off for 3 sec, then next error code is displayed, etc. To clear error codes, depress and hold button longer than 5 seconds.

Lennox Elite Model Numbers

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

Model Number AFUE BTUs per Hour
G61MP-36B-071-* 95 66,000
G61MP-60C-091-* 95 88,000
G61MP-60C-091-** 95 88,000
G61MP-60C-111-* 95 110,000

Elite Warranty

The Lennox Elite series offers a five year warranty on parts and ten years for the compressor. Depending upon the model, the heat exchanger carries a twenty-year or limited lifetime warranty. Lennox also offers an extended warranty, available for purchase.

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