I've gotten 3 quotes for a new central 5 ton A/C unit here in central Flori
da. My last Trane unit lasted 12 years, so I thought why not get another.
But 2 companies said they would recommend a Carrier. The third recommende
d Comfortmaker - which I immediately dismissed thinking it was along the li
nes of Janitrol. But he claimed it is identical to Carrier, both owned by
UT, and would save me money. So? Am I really paying more for a Carrier ju
st for the name? Thanks.
A/C unit here in central Florida. My last Trane
unit lasted 12 years, so I thought why not get
another. But 2 companies said they would
recommend a Carrier. The third recommended
Comfortmaker - which I immediately dismissed
thinking it was along the lines of Janitrol.
But he claimed it is identical to Carrier,
both owned by UT, and would save me money.
So? Am I really paying more for a Carrier
just for the name? Thanks.
I don't know the answer about those. But, I have
heard that some equipment is same, except for the
As to your units, my understanding is that good
installation and maintenance is as important (or
more so) than which brand of equipment. For
example, the outdoor unit should be washed with
water and chemicals every couple years. Every year,
if you're near the coast, and salt spray.
Good quality filters for the indoor unit. Etc.
Christopher A. Young
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Carrier owns Janitrol/Goodman. Cut to the chase..All of the modern
units are pretty much the same. Purchase whatever is dominant in your
area. That way you will always get service and parts. All of the new
units are high tech..use higher pressures and require service and repair
more often then the old ones did. Carrier and Trane are Chevrolet's with
Cadillac hood ornaments. The cheaper models are just as good with out
the expense. There are only a few manufacturers left...But they have
bought out the rest and many make up to 9 different name brands that are
the same. Bryant is also a Carrier, and cheaper. Janitrol has a good
lifespan and compares with the Cadillac brands for repairs..And the
parts while much the same are cheaper.
It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard
the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all
First, I'd find a competent trust worthy installer. IMO, good
installation is more important than brand name of equipment.
Always I used Carrier. I became very familiar with their
design philosophy and it is easy to get their parts when needed.
replying to lborne, Steve Combs wrote:
Yes. You are paying for the name for the most part. Comfortmaker is a
subsidiary of carrier. The units are virtually identical. There may be a few
more unnecessary bells and whistles on a carrier unit, but that's about it.
Same compressors. That is the main component to your ac unit.
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