Lennox Furnace vs. Carrier vs. Trane: Costs, Pros & Cons – The Ultimate Guide

Compare Lennox furnaces to Carrier furnaces and Trane furnaces? OK. That’s what we do – evaluating each in key areas and pointing out where one brand is superior – or in some cases inferior – to the others.

The data gathered from technicians that work on all brands and surveys taken by homeowners that own them paints a pretty clear picture.

Carrier, Trane, and Lennox furnaces break down less than most other brands – and that is really what matters to the average homeowner in the middle of February.

Lennox vs Carrier vs Trane Overview

Trane furnaces are the top-rated brand for quality. Lennox and Carrier are slightly behind, essentially tied for second spot. But Lennox quality isn’t as good in its cheapest furnaces, as explained below.

Lennox furnaces are the most efficient furnaces, but the small differences in efficiency aren’t worth considering when making a purchasing decision – about 1% in the most efficient furnaces.

Carrier furnaces could be said to win the “all around” competition by delivering good quality and efficiency levels right up there with the others. A lot of the “quality” part has to do with Carrier’s network of highly trained Authorized Dealers who properly install them most of the time.

What about cost? It depends on where you live. Carrier usually has the highest price followed by Trane and Lennox. But in some markets, like metro Detroit and the Northeast, Trane is the most expensive brand.

More on this below – but the takeaway is that you should get estimates on all three brands because they vary regionally – and even from dealer to dealer within your area.

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Central Air Heat Pump Cost – The Ultimate Buying Guide

We’re all aware that prices are significantly higher now than just a few years ago – and increases have been felt in the air conditioning and heating industry more than in most others.

Central heating and cooling residential heat pump

So, this guide gives you a “heads up” about pricing information you’ll hear when you get local estimates. And it will help you choose a heat pump efficiency range that makes the best sense for return on investment.

What’s the focus – Heat pump costs

A heat pump is the outdoor unit, which is technically called a condensing unit. For a full system, you’ll also need an indoor air handler and coil, refrigerant lineset and potentially a refrigerant charge. A lot of home and property owners upgrade their thermostat too. – Those “extras” are covered briefly, but the emphasis is on the outdoor unit for those just replacing that part of the system.

Either way you go – heat pump only or full system – you’ll have accurate, fresh pricing to work with as you discuss your project with heat pump contractors.

Central Heat Pump Cost Installed

Nearly every brand makes basic, better, and best tiers of heat pumps. Trane, for example, makes basic XR models, midrange XL heat pumps and premium XV models. For Carrier, it is Comfort, Performance, and the top-of-the-line Infinity.

SEER and Stages are explained below for those unfamiliar with the terms:

Equipment $ With Installation SEER Stages
$3,100 – $7,200 $5,150 – $10,100 13 – 17 1
$4,950 – $9,600 $7,200 – $13,400 16 – 19 1 or 2
$6,700 – $13,150 $9,300 – $15,500 18 – 24 2 or Variable

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Roof Leak Repair Cost: Resolving Top 10 Causes of Roof Leaks

Right off the bat, it will cost anywhere from $350 to $3,200+ to identify and fix the common causes of roof leaks. Granted, this is a rather wide range, but the cost of most roofing repairs depends on the overall scope and complexity of the job.

For example, fixing a small leak and replacing damaged shingles will typically cost between $350 to $1,500, depending on the size of the area affected, and whether the impacted shingles are made of asphalt or wood/cedar.

Repairing a roof flashing around a chimney, skylight, or other protrusion typically costs $400 for a “spot fix” to $1,500 or more for total flashing replacement. Re-sealing a skylight costs around $600 to $900.

When water damage occurs and the roof deck must be repaired before the roof covering above it is replaced, the cost ranges from $1,800 to $3,200 and possibly more. The best approach for you is to catch a leak quickly to minimize the damage and expense.

Cost to Repair Roof Leak and Repair Options

Roof leaks have many causes and costs, though a rough breakdown in cost looks like this:

Minor Repairs / 2-5 hours: $375 to $950

Average Repairs / 4-8 hours: $750 to $1,900

Major Repairs / 1-3 days: $1,450 – $3,200

Repairing Damaged or Missing Shingles, Shakes or Tiles

Wind, hail, failing or blowing debris and poor installation are all causes of damaged and missing shingles, wood shakes or clay/concrete tiles.

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