I don't think that will be an issue in this case; I drive a Porsche so
I am certainly familiar with regular DIY maintenance. Way, WAY too
(wondering when a used S2000 will become affordable...)
in my rental units, i have to say the trane is the most trouble
free overall. with rheem in second. the goodman and others had
electrical component failures after a couple years. this leads me to
belive trane used better electrical components and seem go 20 years
without problems overall. the size of your ductwork has alot to do with
how well a system will work, to small and youll never get the full
efficiency of the unit. for example,my rentals had too small return
ducts , sizing them up correctly made a huge difference.keeping the
outside and inside units clean is also a must for keeping the system
working at peak and long life. i dont have electronic filters,but if
you have allergies they are worth it, but must be kept clean also .
I've always bought the cheapest I can get. Not that I buy very many
but I've put a few on rental houses over the years. Even the cheapest
have lasted at least 20 years here in Phoenix. I have one house with
a Carrier unit that the original builder installed on it back in 1971.
Most recently, a couple months ago, I got estimates for a new unit for
another house. The Goodman (and installer) were about half the price
of the Trane (from a different installer). Looking at the Goodman I
didn't see any obvious difference between it and an other unit I've
ever eyeballed. And it used a Copeland scroll compressor which I've
heard is a very good compressor.
I sold different Brands & did service work on all Brands.
I always look past the looks.
That is my point, the new Goodman units with the Copeland Scroll
compressor coupled with a TXV metering device is a lot of AC for that
initial investment with a great warranty. Coupled with a first rate
install it will transfer heat from your home with the best on the market.
I also prefer R-22 refrigerant systems, I believe, in a few years, new
refrigerants will be developed.
If you want PayBack, ultra high SEER is overrated!
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