KeepRite Performance Series – N9MSE Review
AFUE:Up to 96%
ENERGY STAR ®:No
Burner Type:Single Stage
Blower Type:Single Speed
Price:$3,000 - $3,835
BTU Output:39,000 - 135,000
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DISCONTINUED: Please note, this model appears to have been discontinued by the manufacturer, although it may still be available for purchase through distributors and contractors for some time.
The KeepRite Performance Series N9MSE is an affordable high-efficiency gas furnace. Featuring a single-stage operation with fixed blower speeds, the N9MSE also comes with KeepRite’s comprehensive warranty options including a 10-year parts limited warranty and a 20-year warranty on the heat exchanger.
In A Nutshell
Average Price (installed): $2800-$4000
- Sound-reducing features
- Induced draft combustion motor
- RPJ (Rigid Press Joint) primary heat exchanger
The Bottom Line
The N9MSE is well-priced considering its efficiency. Returning an excellent AFUE rating of 95%, this furnace is an excellent option for those that care about saving money on their energy bills but are not bothered by the extra features premium furnaces offer.
In Depth Review
KeepRite Performance Series® N9MSE Product Specifications
- Sub-models available: 0401410A, 0601410A, 0601714A, 0801716A, 0802120A, 1002114A, 1002120A, 1202420A, 1402420A
- AFUE: 95%
- BTU input: 40,000-140,000
- BTU output: 39,000-135,000
- Not ENERGY STAR ® qualified
- Induced draft combustion motor
By using a blower to pull air into the burner and through the combustion chamber and heat exchanger, the induced draft combustion motor helps to vent your furnace during start-up. This cleans out any gases that were left behind during the furnace’s previous cycle, allowing for cleaner air during combustion.
The N9MSE features a soft-mounted blower and inducer motor which helps to reduce the decibel level while the furnace is running.
RPJ (Rigid Press Joint) Primary Heat Exchanger
The RPJ primary heat exchanger is designed in a way that moves more heat to the outside surface for an improved heat transfer. The RPJ is also constructed with stainless steel which helps the heat exchanger fight corrosion and adds durability to the unit.
Other Key Features
- Single-stage gas valve
- Direct spark gas ignition
- Dual fuel capable with a compatible heat pump and thermostat
The N9MSE features a 20-year heat exchanger limited warranty as well as a 10-year parts limited warranty. Make sure that you register your unit promptly though, as the manufacturer will cut the 10-year parts limited warranty to 5 years if the unit isn't registered within the first 90 days of purchase.
Comparable Models by KeepRite
Model comparison by lower price – KeepRite Performance Series N9MSE versus KeepRite Performance Series N9MSB
Another model in KeepRite’s Performance Series, the N9MSB is similar to the N9MSE but features a lower AFUE rating. Whereas the N9MSE features a rating of 95%, which is very impressive for a “lower-tier” model, the N9MSB features an AFUE of 92.1%. This means that for a lower up-front cost, you would be losing around 3 cents in every dollar in wasted energy by opting for the cheaper N9MSB. This comparison comes down to a personal consideration of up-front cost versus long-term value, but for many people, paying a little extra for the 95% AFUE rated N9MSE would be worth it in the long term.
Model Comparison by features – KeepRite Performance Series N9MSE versus KeepRite Deluxe Series G9MVE
The KeepRite ProComfort Deluxe Series G9MVE has two distinct advantages over the N9MSE. Although their AFUE ratings are similar at 95-96% and 95% respectively, the G9MVE features a two-stage gas valve that offers a more measured and even heating of your home. Also, the G9MVE offers a host of technological features such as the Observer Communicating Wall Control with WI-FI capability.
Model comparison by Premium Tier – KeepRite Performance Series N9MSE versus KeepRite ProComfort Deluxe Series G9MAE
The premium-tier offering from KeepRite is the G9MAE. A modulating gas furnace coupled with Rigid Press Joint Heat exchangers, the G9MAE offers efficiency rated at 97-98%. This is an improvement on the N9MSE’s 95%. The G9MAE also offers a host of other features, such as the ION System Control, which is able to control temperature, humidity, ventilation and indoor air quality. Expect to pay a fair bit more for the ENERGY STAR qualified G9MAE.