Carrier Comfort™ Series 92 – 59SC2 Review
AFUE:Up to 92.1%
ENERGY STAR ®:No
Burner Type:Single Stage
Blower Type:Multi Speed
Price:$3,500 - $4,100
BTU Output:37,000 - 111,000
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The 59SC2 is robust and has very quiet operation. With an AFUE rating of 92.1 percent, it has decent energy efficiency, though it’s Carrier’s least efficient and most affordable furnace. In fact, it doesn’t meet the Canadian government’s 2019 efficiency standard, which says all furnaces in Canada must have an AFUE of 95 percent.
This Carrier furnace review of the Comfort 92 – 59SC2 will help you assess if this is a good furnace for your home. We’ll talk about features, specifications, pricing, warranty, and more. We’ll also compare the Comfort 92 – 59SC2 to three other Carrier furnaces to give you an idea of how this model measures up to other Carrier heating systems.
About the Comfort 92 – 59SC2
Average Price (installed): $3,800 to $4,800
- Secondary heat exchanger improves efficiency and reduces heat loss
- Has standard humidity control
- Secondary heat exchanger improves efficiency and reduces heat loss
- Has Carrier’s Hybrid Heat dual fuel compatibility
- Backed by a standard warranty
- Multi-speed motor improves efficiency, reduces noise and humidity, and improves indoor comfort levels
- Delivers quiet heating
- Compatible with the ecobee smart thermostat
The Bottom Line
The Comfort 92 – 59SC2 is a single-stage furnace with an AFUE of 92.1 percent. It also lacks ENERGY STAR® certification. There are some important things to know about furnaces like this.
For one, the Canadian government has passed an efficiency minimum of 95 percent for furnaces, so this Carrier gas furnace doesn’t qualify. You won’t be able to buy it in Canada unless you find a unit that was manufactured prior to 2019.
Furthermore, this heating system is better suited for smaller homes and milder climates. For larger houses in colder parts of Canada, a more efficient two-stage or modulating furnace will be better.
At the same time, this model does have a few features that improve efficiency and performance, including the secondary heat exchanger and multi-speed blower motor.
If you find a Comfort 92 and an HVAC expert says it will be powerful and efficiency enough for your home, then this is a more affordable option—which is good because Carrier furnace prices are some of the highest in the business.
What’s more, you’ll still save money on monthly heating bills compared to an older and less efficient furnace.
Comfort 92 – 59SC2 Product Specifications
- AFUE: 92.1%
- Burner type: Single-stage
- Blower type: Multi-speed ECM
- ENERGY STAR certified: No (only certified for ENERGY STAR® South)
- Price range: $3,800 to $4,800
The Comfort 92 – 59SC2 has a multi-speed blower motor that improves the energy-efficiency of this system and adds to your comfort. When paired with an appropriate cooling system, it helps boost SEER levels, allowing you to save on energy costs throughout the year.
You can also potentially save on heating costs by taking advantage of the Hybrid Heat dual fuel system, which requires an electric heat pump and compatible thermostat. Once set up, the system will automatically switch between gas and electric heating to save you money.
Other Key Features
- Primary heat exchanger made of aluminized-steel for reliable and long-term performance
- Versatile venting options for flexible installation applications
- Can be converted to propane
- Single-speed inducer motor
- Equipped with steel cabinet and doors
- Has an insulated heating compartment for quiet operation and reduced heat loss
- PowerHeat hot surface ignition is reliable, durable, and doesn’t waste fuel
The Comfort 92 – 59SC2 is protected by Carrier’s shortest warranty. The coverage includes a 10-year parts warranty and 20-year heat exchanger warranty. Other Carrier furnaces have lifetime heat exchanger protection.
All Carrier furnace models should be registered after installation. If you don’t register the Comfort 92 – 59SC2 within 90 days of installation, then the parts warranty will only be valid for five years.
There are also things you can do that will void your Carrier warranty, including trying to install the furnace yourself rather than paying a licensed HVAC professional.
Comparable Models by Carrier
Model Comparison by Price: 59SC2 versus Infinity 96 59TN6
The Infinity 96 – 59TN6 is a premium furnace from Carrier, so it’s both more expensive and more sophisticated. The average cost to buy and install the Infinity 96 – 59TN6 is between $6,000 and $6,600, but without a doubt it is the superior furnace.
It has a two-stage burner and variable-speed blower, so it will be quieter, more efficient, and better at heating larger spaces evenly.
With an AFUE of 96.7 percent and ENERGY STAR certification, the Infinity 96 – 59TN6 qualifies as a high-efficiency furnace that will keep you warm for many winters and reduce your heating bills.
What’s more, the higher-end model also has communicating components for more precise operation, and it’s backed by a better warranty.
Model Comparison by Features: 59SC2 versus Infinity 98 – 59MN7
When you want a furnace with plenty of features and have a healthy budget for your upgrade, the Infinity 98 is an excellent option. It’s Carrier’s most efficient, expensive, and sophisticated model.
It’s a modulating furnace with variable-speed capacity, so it’s quiet, efficient, and should keep every corner of your house the right temperature—no matter how big the space or how cold the winter.
The Infinity 98 has an AFUE of 98.5 percent, making it one of the most efficient furnaces on the market.
It also has all of Carrier’s basic, standard, and premium features, including precision operation through Greenspeed intelligence when you pair it with the Infinity Control.
Model Comparison by Tier: 59SC2 versus Comfort 95 – 59SC5
The Comfort 95 – 59SC5 is an entry-level Carrier furnace, just like the Comfort 92 – 59SC2. The two models are very similar in terms of price, features, and specifications, but with a few key differences.
The Comfort 95 – 59SC5 has an AFUE of 96.5 percent, so it will perform better and save you even more money. It also has ENERGY STAR certification, meaning it could be eligible for rebates that the 59SC2 doesn’t qualify for.
If you’re looking for a more affordable Carrier furnace and can’t find the Comfort 92 because of the lower efficiency, then the Comfort 95 would be an excellent alternative.