Trane is offering "up to" $1k rebate on select "high-efficieny" a/c
models. I've got a Home Depot rep coming out soon to give us a quote.
My guess is that the rebate will only apply to the 19-seer XL19i
model. Does anyone have any opinions on this model? Is it worth the
cost? I've read that it is much more than comparable models. Is this
2-level controller a lot better to have? Or risky that it will fail,
because it's too new?
I had a service guy come out once who basically said that Trane is
overpriced with many more things that could go wrong than what I have (I
don't remember the brand but can check if needed). They are not bad,
just overpriced, unnecessarily complicated and expensive to repair.
Many years ago, about 30, we installed central A/C. After studying all the
brands available we reduced the choice to General Electric or Carrier. Both
had pluses and few negatives. We went with the GE. It lasted about 23 years
before it failed.
We checked on replacements with the help of the internet, and found that GE
was built by Trane/American Standard. They were selling a much more
efficient version of the same compressor. Others may have a new and better
equipment, but I find them untried in the long run. Trane's older design
compressor has proven itself in my old unit, so we went with Trane for a
replacement. The result was a reduction in my electric bill and a reliable
system for the past 6 years.
First of all, and most important, Home Depot DOES NOT sell Trane.
They are a 3rd party that takes your money for you giving them your name, so
they can call the same Trane rep in your phone book, and send HIM out, so
they can charge you MORE.
And No...Trane has a great marketing reputation, but as far as being worth
it....all units are garbage, its up to the installer to make it work right.
And no, as a professional, I would NEVER own one of those overpriced, hard
to get parts for, and pay 4X what the part is worth units.
What would you own? Because you sell them? High Seer worth it, even
if it means installing a better duct system?
Finally---I have hotwater baseboard heat and am well satisfied.
Separate A/C was installed when I bought the house. Time for renewal.
Would you pay the extra money for a heat pump as a back up and because
it could be cheaper at cooler, but not below freezing temps (at which
time I could turn on the boiler)?
Electricity is going to cost more in the future so you will see the
benefit of the higher seer, get the extended warranty offered 10 yr.
And be sure they do a load calculation and give it to you in writing.
A new unit may require a different size for efficiency and comfort
I own what I sell, and I sell what I do because after years in the trade,
there was ONE brand that had fewer warranty issues than any other brand out
of the box that we saw. There was one brand that kept coming up all the time
in the newsletters as being installed in some pretty big installs..and there
was one brand that gave the best damn customer support I had ever seen, and
at the time, this was in the deserts of CA.
Amercian Standard/Trane is already scrambling to try to beat the new
Affinity...and cant so far.
Depends. Wont matter in 2006, as the ARI standard is leaving the current
10SEER min and going to raise it to 13SEER. In other words, you buy a 12
SEER now, and in under 2 years, you have stuff that no one makes any more,
and is antique...10SEER units are not even in production now by a few
companies in the slower moving sizes.
Right now, I would be looking at 14 and higher SEER units.
Depending on your rate, and location in the country, a heat pump with an
outdoor stat that would shut the unit off below the temp that the units
reached its COP might be cheaper yet to run than your boiler.
In my part of the country, you cant get cheaper heat than a heat pump.
email@example.com (Claudia) wrote in message
Stay away from Home Depot! I cannot stress that enough - what a bunch
of thieves. I had them come out and give me an estimate on a 1900
sq.ft. roofing job...tear-off and shingles and new alumininum gutters
. Average price 4-5K, Home Depot 12K! New hot water heater (Lifetime
garantee) - myself $400, local plumber &600, Home Depot $1800.00. New
Burnham boiler local $3000, with dual zone controls; HD, single
thermostat, $7800.00. Do your homework, get bids and use reliable
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