My main floor unit finally died after 20 years of service, so I am now
looking to replace my entire setup (outside and insisde). I have a two
story house with a 2.5 ton unit cooling/heating the upstairs and a 4 ton
unit for the main floor. I have received two quotes to replace my old units
and have two more on the way. Those I have in hand are:
Trane XR 14 seer heat pumps
2.5 ton = $5,600
4.0 ton = $6,800
Total = $12,400
Carrier 14 seer Comfort series heat pumps
2.5 ton = $4,722
4.0 ton = $5,598
Total = $10,370
These both seem a bit steep to me, but I live in an exclusive area of
Austin, TX where they probably tack on another 10% just because they can.
The one caveat to this is that I currently do not have heat pumps, so
another low voltage wire will need to be pulled.
Warranty is the same on both. 5 years on parts, 10 years on the compressor.
Given these prices, and pending those still scheduled to quote (one Trane,
one Carrier, one American Standard), which is the more efficient and more
reliable of the two?
Is Trane worth the extra $$ or would I be paying for a name?
Thanks in advance for your advice/comments!