Bryant Gas Furnace Reviews - Bryant gas furnaces offer a wide range of efficiency ratings. Bryant gas furnace AFUE ratings from 80% AFUE up to 98.3% AFUE for gas furnace efficiency ranges. Their product line of gas furnaces includes the Legacy, Preferred, and Evolution Series, models. Additionally, these models offer a wide and various range of features, sizes, and flow types.
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The top of the line model is a modulating gas furnace that gives an output based on demand. That equals efficiency, therefore, reducing your energy bills for heating. Most Bryant gas furnaces are also compatible and available for the Bryant hybrid systems.
A hybrid is when a gas furnace is used in combination with a heat pump condenser. The gas furnace is used for the heat pump backup heat rather than electric heat strips.
Heat exchanger warranties on gas furnaces range from limited lifetime warranties to 20-year limited warranties. Consequently, warranties depend on the line or model of Bryant gas furnace you purchase. We recommend if you purchase the top-of-the-line model gas furnace that you get the matching condenser efficiency-wise.
AFUE for Bryant's Highest Rated Furnace
- Bryant Warranties as Compared to Other Brands 93% 93%
- Bryant Quality as Compared to Other Brands 93% 93%
- Consumer Opinion based on Field Experience 99% 99%
- Bryant Efficiency Compared to Other Brands 97% 97%
- Overall Bryant Opinion from a Technical Perspective 94% 94%
Additionally, for mid-range models to the top-of-the-line models, we recommend purchasing an extended part and labor warranty. Most noteworthy, some manufacturers offer extended parts and labor warranties while others do not. Furthermore, check with your dealer for these extended warranties.
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Features of various models of furnaces include:
- Control board with diagnostic abilities for better gas furnace troubleshooting. Use of laptops to access select Bryant controls boards. This use is intended for troubleshooting diagnosis or to gather trend data.
- Variable speed blowers on selected gas furnaces
- Staging the firing rate for efficiency Bryant has the full spectrum of gas furnaces - Modulating, Two-Stage, and Single-Stage.
- Galvanized steel cabinets for rust and corrosion resistance
- Energy Star ratings on select Brant Gas Furnaces.
Bryant Gas Furnace Model Comparison Guide
|Bryant Gas Furnace Model Comparison Guide|
|Bryant Gas Furnace Model||Model Series||Efficiency (Up to)||Gas Furnace Staging/Type||Energy Star Rated||Pricing Model Group|
|987M||Evolution®||98.3% AFUE||Modulating||√||Premium $$$$$|
|986T||Evolution®||96.7% AFUE||Two-Stage||√||Premium $$$$|
|315A||Evolution®||80% AFUE||Two-Stage||X||Mid Range $$$|
|880TA||Evolution®||80% AFUE||Two-Stage||X||Mid Range $$$|
|830CA* Low Nox||Evolution®||80% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Mid Range $$|
|926T||Preferred™||96.5% AFUE||Two-Stage||√||Mid Range $$$$|
|925S||Preferred™||96.2% AFUE||Single-Stage||√||Mid Range $$$|
|922S||Preferred™||92.1% AFUE||Single-Stage||√* South Region Only||Mid Range $$$|
|314A||Preferred™||80% AFUE||Two-Stage||X||Mid Range $$$|
|313A||Preferred™||80% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Mid Range $$|
|820SA||Preferred™||80% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Economy $$|
|820TA||Preferred™||80% AFUE||Two-Stage||X||Economy $$$|
|915S||Legacy™||95% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Economy $$$|
|912S||Legacy™||92.1% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Economy $$$|
|311A||Legacy™||80% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Economy $$|
|830SA||Legacy™||80% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Economy $$|
|810SA||Legacy™||80% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Economy $$|
|310A||Legacy™||80% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Economy $|
|800SA||Legacy™||80% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Economy $$|
|935SA* Low Nox||Legacy™||80% AFUE||Single-Stage||X||Economy $$|
Bryant Modulating Gas Furnace Versus Two-Stage and Single-Stage Models
Bryant offers a modulating gas furnace that is Energy Star rated. Therefore, we know it is a high-efficiency furnace but how does the modulation of the furnace help you? Bryants modulating furnace is nearly 2% more efficient (per AFUE efficiency ratings) than the next most efficient furnace which is a two-stage furnace. So, the efficiency for the modulating gas furnace is not that much higher than the next most efficient furnace.
Again, how does the modulating furnace help you aside from giving a few more percentage points for efficiency? A modulating furnace reduces temperature swing. The most significant temperature swing will come from a single-stage gas furnace, and then a two-stage furnace, while the modulating furnace will give you the least temperature swing. That means, with the modulation, you will also get more even temperatures from cycle to cycle. That translates into better comfort for you and your family.
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Since Bryant is the sister company to Carrier, their warranties are nearly the same. When purchasing a gas furnace, you’ll want a good warranty for the heat exchanger. It’s an expensive repair if something goes wrong with it. In some cases, if the heat exchanger is bad, it’s better to replace the furnace. Therefore, I would want a minimum of 20 years for the heat exchanger. Better to have a lifetime warranty but settle for 20 years. The next thing to note about HVAC warranties is that most are limited parts warranties. They will pay for the part, but you’ll pay for the labor. Furthermore, most HVAC manufacturers have similar warranties.
Additionally, always read the warranties and understand them. I know most people would rather watch paint dry, but it is important. Look for little things like:
- Who pays for shipping for the part if it needs to be expedited?
- Who pays for refrigerant if a leak develops?
- Does the warranty transfer if you sell the property?
Lastly, make sure to register the warranty within the time frame afforded by the manufacturer. Many require registration within 30 days or 60 days, or the warranty becomes invalid.
Bryant Add-on Products for Enhanced Humidification, Efficiency, and Indoor Air Quality | Bryant Gas Furnace Reviews
Bryant offers additional products that enhance your new Bryant gas furnace.
- Thermostats and Controls
- Humidifiers - recommended with all gas furnace and heat pump systems. Whole-house humidifiers will reduce energy use making your system more efficient.
- Air purifiers
- UV air cleaners
- And recovery ventilators (ERV and HRV’s)
Gas Furnace Pricing, Efficiency, and Return On Investment (ROI) Factors
|Pricing Versus Efficiency Return On Investment|
|Efficiency||Pricing Range for Initial Purchase and Subsequent Repairs outside of Warranty||ROI (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.|
Bryant Gas Furnace Buyers Guide
It’s time. Time for a new gas furnace. How do you begin the process? What kind of tips do you need to make the deal a complete success? Where do you get those savvy inside tips to give yourself complete knowledge to get what you want? Of course, here. We have you covered. We have written an HVAC consumer buyers guide. And it’s free. Here are a few paraphrased excerpts from our buyer’s guide page:
- Always get at least three bids from contractors. These will be contractors that you have to vet. Kind of like buying something but reading all the reviews about it first.
- Ductwork. Yes, that pesky ductwork. Everybody hates ductwork, even the ductwork guy. If the size of your system changes, the size of your ductwork will likely need to be changed also.
- Manual J? Manual D? What are those? Read our HVAC Consumer Buyers Guide to find out why those are super important to your purchase and installation.
Those are just a few. Okay, balls in your court now.
Charles Bryant founded the company in 1904, offering gas-fired boilers. United Technologies now owns Bryant. United Technologies is also the parent company of Carrier, among other HVAC brands.
Lastly, for more on Bryant and its latest models and efficiency ratings, please see the Bryant website.
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