American Standard Freedom 80 Gas Furnace

freedom 80 american standard gas furnaceAmerican Standard knows as well as you do that today’s homeowners want a high efficiency furnace that will heat their home for less. The high cost of energy is a driving force behind the creation of the American Standard Freedom 80 Gas Furnaces.

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22 Responses to “American Standard Freedom 80 Gas Furnace”
  1. Geo says:

    Expensive to buy and expensive to run! We had ours converted to propane when it was installed and It has been reliable, but expensive to keep the gas plugged into.

  2. Dan says:

    3 breakdowns in 11 years, otherwise I would have rated it 100%. We love our American Standard furnace, but think its time to trade up! How can I tell what year it was made? It was already here when we moved into the house…

    Dan

  3. Shelley says:

    Really noisy, kinda like being under a hovering airplane. I just had the A.S. single stage 80 put in, my old furnace was much quieter…. only a few wks so I don’t know what the operating cost will be. I’m begging my furnace guy to find me something quieter

    • Mark says:

      Thanks for the review Shelley.

      If they cannot find a way to quiet it down for you… adding some simple insulation fiberboard (a href=”http://www.homeconstructionimprovement.com/foam-board-insulation-values/”>like this) to the sidewalls of the furnace can do wonders as well. You can grab a 4×8 sheet at home depot or something, and just attach it to the all-metal panels on the sides of the furnace.

      • Farcus says:

        Had a Ruud lp gas heater/ac (without heat pump) installed in 1984, both were still in service when changed out to American Std. 80 series heat w/high eff. ac unit in late 2010. The Ruud heater was quieter than this American Standard unit. We of course expected the new unit to be quieter. Don’t know yet what the solution is gonna be. Like Shelly said, it is loud.

        Mark, in your advice to Shelly, you advised she get 4×8 foam board and apply it around the unit. Any fire code issues here, voided warranty due to modifications, etc? What if she instead got a 2×4 pine board and applied it around her furnace guy?

        • Mark says:

          Re; Fire code issues…

          There probably could be some if holes were covered, etc… It would be worthwhile to have the HVAC company come out and do the soundproofing that may actually attach to the unit.

          LOL Wrap him in duct insulation and tape him up! :-)

  4. Gene says:

    When I bought my house last year, the Freedom 80 was already here. I have it on as we speak. It is not as loud as a jet engine, but it is definitely. I have only started to use it this week. Like the first poster, I don’t know what the operating cost will be. I will find out soon. However, it heats up the entire house well.

  5. Tom says:

    We had tyhe unit installed in August of 2010 and has been running fine this winter. The only noise objection is at the vents on the upper floor (Furnace is in the attic). When the vents are damped down, it makes the most noise. Thinking of putting some vent filters on at the vents but this may hinder the air flow.

    • Mark says:

      @ Tom –

      You just have to be careful not to reduce any airflow to the rooms. Im guessing that in the mid summer, you will want that higher airflow in the upstairs rooms due to the heat rise.

      It may be worth getting larger vents installed that will not make the “whooshing” sound of air flowing them.

      Another common fix for this without reducing airflow is to add in more supply vents to the rooms, taking the same cfm of air and dispersing it through more vents.

      Let us know what you decide…

    • Mark says:

      @ Tom –

      You just have to be careful not to reduce any airflow to the rooms. Im guessing that in the mid summer, you will want that higher airflow in the upstairs rooms due to the heat rise.

      It may be worth getting larger vents installed that will not make the “whooshing” sound of air flowing them.

      Another common fix for this without reducing airflow is to add in more supply vents to the rooms, taking the same cfm of air and dispersing it through more vents.

      Let us know what you decide to do and the outcome.

  6. Joe says:

    I just found out that my AS 80 3 tn 2 stage that I had installed in January 2007 was actually manufactured in 2004. It was new in the box from the distributor. The distributor said that the technology has not changed to this day and I got a unit that must have been in the back of the inventory. Does this sound right? No, I didn’t get any deal!! Thanks!!

    • Mark says:

      Joe –

      Valid concern, but also a very common practice in the industry. Fortunately, the warranty begins on the day the unit is installed from your contractor, so that aspect is not effected. As long as your unit is running correctly… it sounds like all is good to go!

      MH

      • Joe says:

        Mark,

        Thanks for your comments. Are you in the HVAC industry? Don’t you think I should have been told about that practice up front? I should have been the person making the decision whether to accept a unit manufactured in 2004 when it was 2007. I will feel better when I verify that there has been any upgrades or advancement to the 2007 model over the 2004 model.

        Thanks again!

        Joe

        • Mark says:

          Yeah Joe – I have been in the HVAC world since 2002. Just being real here, but the contractor probably didn’t even know or realize the 2004 manufacture date until you brought it up. Its really a non-issue to them since the warranty is the same, and begins on the day its installed.

          Although a circuit board may have been updated to a different revision or something like that… that would make it more compatible with future models, you probably have nothing to worry about.

          • Joe says:

            Thanks for your comments!! The HVAC contractor could have handled the situation a lot better!! So much for customer service!!

  7. Joe says:

    I live in Texas so it really is for my ac. Now that I have ready the previous comments I am now concerned about the noise. I have 2 systems in my home and they are both run by the AS 2 stage furnace. The next time I’m in the market I need to do my home work about noise! Thanks!!

  8. Julie Simmons says:

    We just recently moved and have this furnace in our home. Is it helpful to keep the air circulating with the fan on “run” instead of auto with this particular unit? or how would doing that effect the performance of the unit? I’m not familiar with this product yet, so don’t know about he operating cost, features and values. I do know that it has the whole house air cleaner on it and that will certainly be helpful!!!

  9. greg says:

    mother board always fails and they never have parts

  10. Heather H says:

    House was built in 1996 and occupied summer 1997 – original furnace is AS Freedom 80. We purchased house in 2003. Furnace runs great – we live in a snow belt in Canada – have had no problems to date! Can’t comment on Warranty etc because I’ve never had to call.

  11. Susan Milner says:

    I have two of these furnaces, installed late in 2006. Every time someone comes to inspect them, they *each* require the same expensive replacement part, whatever it is. Today the inspector discovered that both were leaking gas: each required a replacement valve costing about $400. This cannot be a coincidence! He said he’d been replacing a lot of those valves, even in furnaces that were just over a year old. If this were a make of car that required a “fix” worth about 20% of the original value of the car, there would be a recall and/or rebate.

    I am telling everyone I know to stay away from American Standard furnaces.

  12. Michael Scalici says:

    I just had a AS 80 2 stage put in about 2 months ago. I am not happy when the unit is running in the reduced rpm stage because it also seems to reduce the heat…..its almost like its blowing cool air in this stage…..Im going to see if my furnace man can replace this unit…I would gladly settle for a straight up 80….My advice don’t buy this funace….

  13. Carlos says:

    Five year warranty on parts. At year 7 both blowers had to be replaced. Cost almost 1/2 the price of the unit to repair two years after warranty expiration. Will not buy again.

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