I am going to start looking for a replacement for my 20+ Carrier HVAC
gas heating system on my home - split - and I want to know what to
expect from the new systems. Are the high SEER units worth the extra
money? What brands and rating should I look for. I will likely buy the
system and have it installed by a local. I intend to replace the
inside unit also. Any ideas?
Keep it simple..... Brand only has a very small part in the grand
equation.... Most any brand will be servicable *IF* its correctly sized
using Manual J heat load/loss calculations, and correctly installed. Its not
going to be the lowest price either. Consumer Reports is a pretty good
indicator, but make sure that there is a local supply house for that brand
that is well stocked. When it breaks, you don't want to have to wait days
"The bitter taste of a poor quality installation will linger far longer than
the initial sweetness of a low price."
Listen to Steve, he knows his HVAC and has a heck of a business in the
Southeast where a good air conditioner has become a necessity. Talk to
your friends and find out who they trust and have had good service from.
A less than high end brand of equipment, if installed and maintained in
the proper manner, will give you a better level of comfort and service
than the most expensive system that is just thrown in by someone who
takes no pride in their work. I went out on a call today with my friend
GB where we found the supply and return duct work laying on the ground
under a house because the original installer did not connect it to the
package unit properly. We also found that the evaporator coil was
plugged up which prevented air flow in the system anyway. It was a case
of a bad installation and improper service to the HVAC unit. It's not a
matter of finding the finest equipment, it's all about finding the best
HVAC company in your area.
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