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The Maytag Corporation is an American brand of residential and commercial appliances. Founded in Newton, Iowa in 1893 by Frederick Maytag, it was initially a farm implement company before becoming the Maytag Washing Machine Company. In 2006, Maytag was acquired by Whirlpool Corporations.
Though Maytag is best known for its brand of washing machines and other home appliances, it also distributes a wide range of HVAC products, including central air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps. Unlike most other competing HVAC brands on the market who manufactures and produce their own products, Maytag brand HVAC products are manufactured under license by Nortek Global HVAC. This company is also responsible for the manufacturing of equipment under other home appliances brand names, such as Frigidaire, Tappan and Westinghouse.
Maytag’s brand of furnaces includes eleven different one-stage, two-stage or modulating gas furnaces as well as ten packaged units. The brand’s most efficient furnace, the PGC2MQ iQ Drive modulating gas furnace, boasts an AFUE rating of up to 97% while the least efficient model features an AFUE rating of 80%. Because Maytag’s furnaces are outsourced by Nortek Global HVAC, among other companies that also manufacture for other brands, their line of furnaces is not far removed from those distributed by the likes of Frigidaire or Westinghouse, and feature many of the same patented technologies, such as the iQ Drive. Here is a quick navigation of this guide:
Maytag’s Features Analysis
– SmartStart Technology
SmartStart Control Boards featured in certain Maytag gas furnaces are a unique technology that allows the units to learn the heat-up characteristics of the igniter by searching for the threshold of ignition failure. By doing this, it can adjust the interval on the next start up accordingly. This ultimately helps to prolong and extend the life of the igniter.
– iQ Drive
The iQ Drive technology built into iQ branded Maytag gas furnaces allows for those units to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Featuring a modulating capacity from 50% to 100%, the iQ Drive furnaces use only as much power as is needed, no more and no less, to comfortably heat your home. With the iQ Drive thermostat, that capacity can further be lowered down to 15% with time proportioning. This technology means homeowners can heat their homes both comfortably and efficiently without waste, all easily controlled by their thermostat.
For those living in warmer climate, the iHybrid technology featured in certain Maytag packaged units can help eliminate wasteful energy usage and adapt to the changing temperatures. These units primarily employ the use of electricity until the temperature drops to a certain low. Once this happens, the gas fuel takes over. This mechanism allows for the use of electric most of the time—a more efficient form of fuel, not to mention the use of earth-friendly refrigerants. Ultimately, this will help lower heating bills while providing efficient heating that doesn’t have such a negative environmental impact.
Maytag Model Recommendation
When you’re looking for the most cost-effective heating, the strategy is to find the balance between furnace cost and energy costs. Let’s use the zone map to identify efficiency levels for each that strike that balance:
|Zones 1 & 2 (hot)||80%||
|Zone 3 (warm)||80%||
|Zone 4 (moderate)||90%||
|Zone 5 (cool)||90%-93%||
|Zone 6 (cold)||92%-95%||PGC2TN, PGC2TL|
|Zone 7 (very cold)||95% and up||PGC2MQ IQ DRIVE|
Maytag Gas Furnace Prices By Model
We need to set an equal baseline before we can list the prices for each Ruud model. In this list, each furnace includes the same parameters: 70,000-75,000 BTU with 1000 CFM blower which is proper for a mid-sized home of around 2,000 square feet, 10 year warranty without labor fee.
The Unit Only price is the online wholesale price without shipping fee. The Unit Installation Cost includes gas furnace unit, all the material for the house and labor fee.
|Models||Unit Only||Unit Installed Cost|
|PGC2MQ IQ DRIVE||$1,850||$3,650|
|M1200 PGC2TE PGC2TN||$1,400||$3,250|
|M1200 PGC2TC PGC2TL||$1,400||$3,250|
|M1200 PGC2TE PGC2TN||$1,250||$3,100|
|M1200 PGC2TC PGC2TL||$1,180||$2,980|
|M120 MGC2TE MGC2TN||$1,000||$2,730|
|M120 MGC2TC MGC2TL||$950||$2,520|
|M120 MGC2SD MGC2SM||$925||$2,500|
Prices and Reviews Submitted by Visitors
|Brand & Model & SizePriceHome LocationHome Size|
|M1200 PGC2MQ$2,760Huston, TX3100 sqft|
|My wife and I bought a Maytag gas furnace 8 months ago and since then, it has worked for us just fine. We haven’t experienced any issues with it. It is highly reliable and produces little sound. Maytag is the way to go if you need a modern gas furnace.|
|M120 MGC2SM$2,500FT. Worth, TX2200 sqft|
|I have had this furnace for the last 5 months now. True to what they say, Maytag furnaces do have some problems, but if you are willing to open it up and find out the root of the problem, they can work for you just fine. The furnaces are also so easy to fix. The problem I have experienced with mine was the thermocouple. It would go off and fail to sense properly. I opened it open and re-installed it. After my tinkering about, the thermocouple started working just fine. When it comes to Maytag furnaces, you just have to learn how to fix the problems yourself.|
|I bought this model last year and so far I can say it is the worst decision I have ever made. First of all, it was one the most expensive gas furnaces I have ever bought. I was previously using a Trane model and had no issue with it. I have made a couple of service calls to Maytag, which I get charged for, but they still can’t identify the problem with my furnace. They told me I had to get a new blower installed. The problem still continued after installation. Now I’m stuck with a furnace that doesn’t produce any heat. I wouldn’t recommend Maytag to anyone.|
|M1200 SERIES$3,300Calgary, AB3200 sqft|
|I would highly recommend Maytag furnaces to anyone. Make sure you go for the M1200 series as they have the best warranty.|
|MGC2SD-E$2,250Zionsville, IN1900 sqft|
|The Maytag M120 is so far the best furnace I have ever purchased; it has kept my family warm throughout the winter season. The only problem is the installation process, as they can be difficult to install, but otherwise, I like it.|
|For the last couple of months I have had my Maytag furnace, it has served me just fine. The complaints I see about Maytag must be due to installation errors. Installation is very crucial. You have to do it right to get the full potential of your furnace. I would recommend getting a professional to install it for you. Maytag furnaces just need extra care while handling them, but so far, this a gas furnace I would recommend to anyone. The performance is just commendable.Really nice job from this company.|
How to Get the Best Maytag Gas Furnace Prices?
- Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for a gas furnace project. So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
- Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates.
- Thirdly, ask for at least 3 bids before you make the decision. You can click here to get 3 free estimates for your local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.
At last, once you chose the right contractor, remember to use the tactics from this guide: homeowners tactics when negotiating with HVAC dealer to get the final best price.
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