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We get quite a bit of e-mail asking our opinion about manufacturers of heating equipment, and do they offer any comparison of their equipment. While this is only OUR opinion, we felt this might help you!


No equipment manufacturer will give you a true comparison because they will not be able to sell their own equipment. Carrier and Lennox are the top of the line with respect to price. They use special O.E.M. parts that make repairs expensive. In my opinion, parts and repair costs outweigh any reliability issue.


I am not that familiar with Trane equipment and their 80% units to give an honest answer. They are used mostly in the South, from what I understand.

Bryant equipment is basically a second line of Carrier (Payne and Day/Night are as well).

Heat Controller is the parent company of Comfort-Aire (they also make Century, Rheem and Rudd). Lennox also makes Armstrong and Air-Ease. Inter City Products makes Heil and Tempstar.

As you can see, there are not many heating/cooling companies that are separate and as a result, I would suggest the following:

1. Look for a lifetime warranty on the major parts – 5-10 years on the electronics.
2. Pick a supplier/installer that has been around for at least 10-12 years minimum.
3. Ask for a customer list and call them! References are crucial!
4. Price should be your last consideration.

As far as your question on how reliable is Comfort-Aire? On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I would rate them at a 7-8. We sell 4 lines – Carrier, Heil, Comfort-Aire and Armstrong. We do, however, service many others. I cannot honestly rate them any different with respect to reliability IF they are installed correctly and serviced properly. We do, however, prefer some lines over another, and for us to tell you which would be unfair to the others.


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