Armstrong Gas Furnace Reviews | Consumer RatingsArmstrong Gas Furnace Reviews . Armstrong offers a full-line of gas furnaces from 80% AFUE all the way up to 97% AFUE. They also offer a high efficiency line of gas furnaces models. Their furnace use staging to increase efficiency and staging ranges from 75% for low-fire to 100% for high-fire. A modulating gas furnace is also available.

The Armstrong brand also uses variable speed motors in their higher efficiency gas furnaces premium brand models. For a lower end economical model, Armstrong offers economy model gas furnaces. Furthermore, Armstrong uses single staging with an aluminized heat exchanger that have a 20 year limited warranty.

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Additional features in various Armstrong gas furnaces include:

  • Control system to ensure safe operation of the gas furnace
  • Designed for quiet operation in Armstrong gas furnaces
  • Energy Star rated for select Armstrong gas furnaces
  • Diagnostic abilities for better gas furnace troubleshooting

Armstrong offers a modulating gas furnace which is great for efficiency. However, it must be installed properly. Additionally, proper setup also ensures added efficiency. It is also beneficial if you are replacing the furnace to get a matching condenser.

Whether it is a heat pump or an air conditioner a matching condenser will give you added efficiency. That is essential to getting the best out of the system year round. Lastly, make sure you register the warranty as soon as possible after installation.

  • Armstrong Warranties as Compared to Other Brands 85% 85%
  • Armstrong Quality as Compared to Other Brands 90% 90%
  • Consumer Opinion based on Field Experience 85% 85%
  • Armstrong Efficiency Compared to Other Brands 90% 90%
  • Overall Armstrong Opinion from a Technical Perspective 92% 92%

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Armstrong Top Model AFUE

Armstrong Gas Furnace Model Comparison Guide

Armstrong Gas Furnace Model Comparison Matrix
A97MV (Premium Model)A962E (Mid-Range Model)A951S (Economy Model)
Efficiency up to 97% AFUE RatingAFUE Rating up to 96%AFUE Rating Up to 95% with baseline models starting at 80% AFUE
Ten-Year Parts Limited Warranty10-Year Parts Limited Warranty10-Year Parts Limited Warranty
Efficient and quiet ECM variable-speed induced draft blower motorConstant torque ECM blower motorMulti-speed PSC blower motor
Modulating gas valveTwo-Stage HeatingSingle-stage Heating
Armstrong uses a stainless steel primary and secondary heat exchangerStainless steel primary and secondary heat exchangerRemovable heat exchanger with Aluminized steel primary and stainless steel secondary construction
Inducer motor information is not indicated. We recommend a variable-speed inducer motor for modulating purposes.2-speed induced draft motorSingle-speed draft inducer
Armstrong uses a heavy-duty stainless-steel tubular heat exchanger with stainless-steel secondary heat exchangerHeavy-duty stainless-steel tubular heat exchanger with stainless-steel secondary heat exchangerHeavy-duty stainless-steel tubular heat exchanger with stainless-steel secondary heat exchanger
Armstrong has a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the stainless steel heat exchangerLimited Lifetime Warranty on the stainless steel heat exchangerLimited Lifetime Warranty on the stainless steel heat exchanger
Meets ENERGY STAR Gas Furnace qualificationsSelect models in the model group are Energy Star qualified.N/A
Communicating control enabled or conventional controlConventional control with two-stage thermostat or single-stage thermostatConventional control
Armstrong has self diagnostics saves last 10 fault codes regardless of power interruptionSelf diagnostics saves last 10 fault codes regardless of power interruptionSelf diagnostics saves last 5 fault codes regardless of power interruption
Armstrong Gas Furnace Model Comparison Guide - Additionally, for newly installed gas furnaces precision tuning and adjustment recommended for startup. Check for tax rebates and energy credits from your government and local power provider for higher AFUE Energy Star Furnaces.

Benefits of Modulating to Two-stage to Single-stage

Of course the modulating gas furnace is all the rage for high efficiency gas furnaces now. However, with two-stage gas furnaces you can achieve similar efficiency levels for AFUE between the two types of gas furnaces.

The key difference, despite similar efficiency levels, is the temperature swing or comfort level between a two-stage and modulating gas furnace. This can be a factor for you when purchasing  new gas furnace especially when it comes to pricing of the new gas furnace system. See the chart below for more details.

 

Modulating Furnace temperature swing comparison

Gas Furnace Pricing, Efficiency, and Return On Investment (ROI) Factors

Pricing Versus Efficiency Return On Investment
EfficiencyPricing Range for Initial Purchase and Subsequent Repairs outside of WarrantyROI (Return On Investment)
95% AFUE Plus$$$$$5 to 7 years depending on efficiency %*
90% to 95% AFUE$$$7 to 10 years depending on efficiency %*
80% to 90%$Over 10 years*
*Many factors depend on ROI such as house insulation, personal usage preferences, ductwork integrity, and other essential efficiency factors. The furnace AFUE rating is a high factor in the return.

Warranties

Armstrong has a lifetime limited warranty on their heat exchangers. This is good for you the consumer although always read the fine print with any warranty. Most people do not know that many HVAC warranties only cover the part and not labor. If the gas furnace is out of warranty then you pay for the part and the labor. Except for the heat exchanger on any Armstrong gas furnace.

That’s a plus for you because heat exchangers stand up to a lot of heat and corrosive moisture. Always register the warranty soon after installation. This is a requirement for many manufacturers. Additionally, find out what the exclusion clauses are such as owner transfer.

Armstrong Gas Furnace Buyers Guide

Ah, dealing with contractors. Something everyone cannot wait to do. It means, usually, you are going to have to shell out some money to someone you hardly know. So, how do you handle it? Well, we’ve written a buyers advice article to help you through the process. It offers excellent advice that will save you lots of frustration and, hopefully, money. Here are a few excerpts from our HVAC consumer buyers guide:

  1. What’s the best way to find a good contractor? What’s the best way to vet any contractor? You want someone who is reliable, skilled, and is going to do a top notch quality job for you.
  2. How many bids should you get from HVAC contractors? What should come with the bid and is absolutely necessary for them to properly size your HVAC system?
  3. Has the entire system been evaluated? If not, maybe you are buying very efficient HVAC equipment but you’ll never see that efficiency. Why? Because many duct systems are undersized or leaky. Why do you want to pay a lot of money for a new HVAC system and hook it up to leaking duct work?

Learn these things and more on our HVAC Consumer Buyers Guide page. Go ahead, its free.

Comfort Sync™

Armstrong has a thermostat control that has many features including an app for Android or Apple smartphones. You can also use a PC to access the thermostat control. That allows you the ability to have remore access for monitoring and control. Leave for vaction and forget to setback the thermostat; no problem, just open the app on your smartphone and take care of it. Additionally, other features include:

  •  Live weather reports on the thermostat interface
  • Easy programming and scheduling
  • Alerts for problems and reminders for maintenance
  • Touchscreen interface
  • Zoning control

Zoning control does require modification to your ductwork. Motorized dampers must be installed to make it work. Additionally, you need to have the mid-range to premium range equipment to make it work. Additional sensors are mounted in the zones and communicate with the thermostat. Each zone can have a different setpoint so everyone can be comfortable at their own temperatue. See the video below for more details.

About Armstrong

Founded in 1928 in Columbus, Ohio, Armstrong was started by Lennox. They are a large manufacturer of air conditioning and heating products. Lennox sold Armstrong. They later reacquired Armstrong. Lennox now officially owns Armstrong, again.

Armstrong manufactures air conditioning and heating equipment in Orangeburg, South Carolina. They have a state of the art facility designed to produce quality air conditioning and heating products. Additionally, Armstrong run tests every gas furnace before it leaves the factory.

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Furthermore, for more about Armstrong and their latest models and efficiency ratings please see the Armstrong website.

Is Armstrong a Good Furnace Brand?
Yes, Armstrong builds a good product with their furnaces. Additionally, the have good quality control for their equipment before it leaves the factory. When purchasing a gas furnace or any HVAC system the thing to remember is the quality of contractor over the brand. A badly installed gas furnace, no matter the brand, will give you frustration and not be efficient as a gas furnace that is correctly installed. The installation and all the details of the installation are up to the contractor. Therefore, you want a quality contractor doing the work.
How long should an Armstrong gas furnace last?
According to Money Magazine, the average air conditioner and furnace system will last 13 years. This is in line with my opinion. If the gas furnace is properly installed and maintained you can get up to 20 years out of a gas furnace no matter the brand. Other than some basic repairs for common failures, the most common major failure for a gas furnace is the heat exchanger. This is why we stress the importance of a good warranty, especially for the heat exchanger.
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