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 / Horizontal17.5″16x25x1 (bottom)
Upflow / Horizontal21″20x25x1 (bottom)
Upflow / Horizontal24.5″24x25x1 (bottom)
Upflow / HorizontalAll16x25x1 (side)

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  • 33.33% of customers recommended

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Lennox Elite Furnace Reviews

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"Lennox Furnace Review"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

My gas efficiency furnace was installed in August 2013. I have noticed that I don’t have as much dust and am very satisfied with my gas bills so far.

Freeland, MI

"The Man"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

Just had this Lennox G61MP-36B-071-* unit installed replacing a 20 year old lennox unit, this is a 95% efficiency unit. It is a relatively quite unit. Heat distribution is amazingly fantastic. This was just installed this week so I am hoping it last as long as last 80% efficiency lennox unit. The old unit I had to open the front of furnace to change the filter which was not fun. The new unit has filter that just slides out and can be replaced and I can also use a higher quality filter.

Wyandotte Michigan


1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

We bought a new home in dec. 05 it came with a Lennox Elite with a 5 year warrant on parts. 1st week Jan 2011 we started having Problems.. Had a tech come out to check it out and the computer board needed replaced.. 560.00.. i’m like no problem I have a 5 year warranty he called Lennox and said my warranty expired 2 weeks ago! I paid over$ 4.500 for this P.O.s and now another 560.00.. The tech said he sees this all the time like it is programed to break after 5 years.. not cool!!!! Buy a Trane!

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"Not happy with Lennox"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

I had an expensive 90% efficient Lennox furnace installed. The Lennox Elite series. I’m very unhappy with this unit. The burn sensor has to be cleaned virtually every heating season and now today I had to replace the entire circuit board to the tune of about $500.00! Five hundred dollars for a circuit board? ….I can buy a new laptop computer for that amount of money! The furnace is only 4 years old. If you’re looking for a long term furnace, I would not recommend Lennox! It seems that Lennox is in the business of selling overpriced replacement parts rather than high quality furnaces.

"Lennox elite"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

I replaced a 30 year old coleman with a lennox elite and it broke down within three months. So much for a reliable furnace. Three years later and still wake up to a cold house.

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


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


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


  • 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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