If your brother is a contractor he can probably get a better price
locally. A lot of those internet places take advantage of the fact
that a homeowner can't even get a system price out of a local hvac
supplier. Most hvac contractors charge the customer more for the
system than they paid plus charge for installation. On top of the
premium price the internet places also charge a couple hundred for
Or search crais list for a used but not real old one. Package units
such as are normally found on mobile homes are a lot easier to
If you're out in the middle of the country you might find a local
distributor that's a little more friendly and willing to sell you a
system. I've noticed they don't seem to get so worked up about a
homeowner installing their own stuff in rural areas as they do in the
cities. I think the rural communities are more adjusted to the idea
that you might want to do your own work. Sometimes the local farm
supply places can order them too so that's another place to check.
There was a place I used to get them from near my lake house at the va/
nc border. They didn't ask too many questions if you had money. They
went out of business in the crash though. The local distributors here
in Raleigh won't sell me a system. They will sell me parts. NC has a
specifc hvac contractors license so it varies from state to state. I
don't have the hvac contractor license but I do have the refrigerant
license so at least I can buy refrigerant. Beauty of package units is
you don't have to mess with the refrigerant lines.
Here's a link to a Goodman package unit and I think I saw some
Grandaire units on there too. You looking for a self contained heat
pump? The other guy answering you said internet charges for shipping
but this company says they ship for free anywhere. Check er out:
a couple 14 seer heat pump units on there you might still be able to
get a tax rebate on. Although the big rebate expired and Obama lowered
it to $300 instead of $1500. Oh well, take what you can while you can!
Good luck in your search.
I recently bought a Rheem system from ACwholesalers.com.
Was very happy with the price, shipping is included, delivery
was prompt. I think they
carry Goodman too, though I'd go with the Rheem over Goodman. Rheem
had a higher rating at Consumer Reports in terms of less problem
than even companies like Trane and Carrier. But I think CR's
was that statistically the companies they rated were close. There
a difference in price though.
But I also agree with the advice to have your contractor brother buy
system from a traditional supplier, if it works out cost wise. The
companies don;t offer the same full manufacturer's
warranty that you'd get through the normal channel. You'll get a
replacement via return to the internet company at best. The AC eqpt
companies I looked at flat out state they will not honor warranties on
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