My existing 21-yr old system is on its last leg.
I am told ther may be a leak in the accumulator.
If it is replaced, the new system will be a
high-efficiency R-410 system. My house has
approximately 1500 sg ft of space to be cooled
and the duct work is in the ceiling.
I have been told:
- there is a substantial price increase between
Seer-15 and Seer-16;
- The quality of a Goodman is not significantly
less than a Carrier or a Trane; and
- 2 tons is undersized, 3 tons is oversized, and
2.5 tons is just right.
All these statements accurate?
Also my house is brick, built into the side of a
hill, and is west of Ball-i-mer (Baltimore - the
City that Slurs). We have oil heat and the A/C
is only used from late May through early September
- plus my wife is a tirant about heating only to
68F and cooling only to 80F.
There is a price difference as SEER ratings go up, (coil sizes compressor
I've done a few cost of operation analysis of 10 & 12 seer A/C units in the
past & never showed more than a $20.00 savings per year between the two.
(Based on $.08 Electric & MN design temps 89db/73wb & roughly 600 cooling
If you want bang for your buck, spend the money on a Heat Pump instead of
A/C this will save a huge amount over heating with Fuel Oil.
Again, a cost analysis of system of 2-1/2 tons $.08 Electric & $1.20/per
therm Natural Gas shows (MN design 89/73 & -20)
shows a 14 Seer HP on a Variable speed 2 stage 93% will save about
$250.00/yr over a 14 Seer A/C on same furnace.
Fuel oil is much more expensive so the cost saving will be even greater.
Higher SEER is great if your primarily cooling, Higher HSPF is needed for
There is a quality difference, but the installer is a vital influence.
Goodman will (and does) sell to any hack with a tool belt & a rusty truck,
Trane has stricter dealer requirements.
Again, the quality of the install... Good eqpt poorly installed can & is
worse than properly installed "junior varsity" gear.
Sounds about right, but you should have a decent load calculation done by
your contractor/bidder. If they won't give you one don't buy anything.
I was told the word "gullible" wasn't in the dictionary, so I looked it up
to show them!
LOAD CALCS & A HEAT PUMP!!!
of course I could be wrong, as some may attest
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