Thats because the AVERAGE contractor has no damn clue about higher SEER
units, and the extra control board scares the hell out of the uneducated.
Instead of 5 or 6 wires to the outside unit, its now got suddenly 10 or 12
and they are panicked...OMG..where does this one go? Talking heat pump
On straight AC, instead of just the two control wires, now its got 6...and
its soooooooo complicated....
Of course, with proper training, and proper install practice, they are now,
to some of us..as simple as the old ones, and we are NOT seeing any issues
with the 16, and 18 SEER units.
AS far as the money savings goes, its like when fuel goes up an extra penny,
and some fool drives all over town to save 10 cents on a fill up, but yet,
he spends a buck in gas looking for the cheap stuff, or the neighbor up the
road that was only getting 15MPG in his paid for fairly new SUV but goes out
and spends 30 grand on a car that wont even get twice that, but it looked
good on paper.
And the fuel savings sure wont justify the new car payment.
And then there is the contractor that is scared of the new refrigerant. OF
COURSE its bad..LOL...of course its gonna fail sooner..of COURSE hes got to
get new training and tools, and its not cheap.
You have some contractors that are so scared of the new stuff, that they
price it so far out of the ballpark, that you dont want it..There is a
company here that flat out refuses to install R410a equipment as long as he
can get R22 units. Thats great..whatever floats his boat. He has effectively
cut his market by more than half, and of course hes not gonna get the proper
training that a legitimate contractor was getting 3 years ago to get ready
for the fact that R22 is a dinasaur. Its times up..in 4 years, its not even
going to be made in the US. Why not go on and learn your future now, than to
wait and allow it to bite you when everyone else that had a clue went on,
started training, and is now confident with the new tech?
Screw Consumer Reports..never seen a single report in there that was
applicable to anything I owned. Product X, bad..according to them, yet no
one I knew or if I owned it, gave a moments problem.
You know with CR its about money right?
As I said once before SEER is more for manufacturing gain
then it is for consumer, however every body got they own opinion
Few years ago when solar panels came out it was thing of future
Yes there is some benefits in some area but does the consumer
actually benefit from it or just break even? can you actually take
anybody word for it like contractor who is making living on it
or some one who made full of him self by installing some thing
that barely got savings from it to pay for maintenance
or manufacture who is trying to benefit from it.
I am sorry but you are the one who must decide and pay for it
Good Luck from Dido
I think this is their speculation and have nothing to base it on since the
other units are so new. Also money is being lost ever month on 11 SEER
untis due to the inefficiency. It depends on what their original bills
are like. I've noticed a lot of contractors are LIARS and are always
protecting THEIR interests. If it means more training or a complex unit,
they tend to advise against that for their own selfish reasons. This fogs
the issue some.
A contractor who doesn't keep up with hi-tech. stuffs with ongoing
proper training won't really understand what they are dealing with. Like
automotive mechanic who does not understand basic electronics.
When I had my a/c unit installed I wanted to have wireless thermostat.
The guy did an excellent install job but had no clue about wireless
stuffs. At least he was honest to tell me that. I installed 'stat and
sort of gave him a quick run down. Of course complex equipment needs
more maintenance for sure. Without proper knowledge/experience dealing
with complexity it can get messy. My unit is SEER 15. I need cooling
barely 2 months a year.
NORDYNE IQ DRIVE (AKA MAYTAG, FRIGIDAIRE, WESTINGHOUSE) 23 SEER A/C UNITS
I have owned this Maytag 23 SEER IQ Drive equipment from Nordyne (both a 3
ton & a 2 ton unit)since April 2009. I replaced two old, inefficient
systems in their entirety. I paid top dollar for this high efficiency
equipment and boy was I taken! Lots of service calls (more in 1 year than
in the 11 years I owned the older units); high humidity inside the house
(a new problem that started with the install of this equipment); noisy
fans that wake me up when the units shut down at night; no improvement in
energy efficiency at all (I have to keep the house 4 degrees cooler than
with the old equipment to keep from sweating, due to the high humidity);
equipment is sensitive to power fluctuations (computer brain flips out
every time there is a switching transient from the power company and must
be reset); and the list just goes on and on. I would NOT recommend
purchasing this product. A Trane 2 Stage system would likely be a much
better investment (note: I have never owned Trane equipment and I don't
know anyone who works for Trane - it just happens to be the alternative I
investigated before deciding to buy the IQ Drive.)
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