Someone came out today and measured my house . They will return next
week with an estimate for a new a/c (condenser and air handler) for
Trane, Goodman and possibly Carrier. I have someone coming early next
week from a different company ... same type estimates.
I know that Trane and Goodman are made in this country. I also know
Trane is better known but Goodman has a good reputation...(my current
condenser is a 15-yr. old Goodman. Got it to replace a Singer that
had gone bad and Goodman was only thing that would work with the air
handler. It has never had any problems).
What I would like to know - preferably from someone who works on a/c
systems ... are they comparable as far as problems/break downs go?
Will one outlast the other? Goodman costs less. Is it just because
of name recognition?
I have a Carrier air handler. I bought it to replace the Singer when
it broke - and because it would work with a Goodman condenser. The
first Carrier lasted about one year and two weeks. I had a one year
warranty but the company that sold it to me replaced it free of charge
except for labor. No problems since then...about four years.
Still, it makes me skeptical...may not be justified.
This is a big expense and I want to be sure I am making a smart
choice. My husband wants to wait until what we have breaks before
replacing it ... I don't want to be rushed. People across the street
from me got a 3 1/2 ton Trane, 1300 SEER and their utility bill went
down a lot even though they only had it for 15-days of billing cycle.
Consumer Reports did a long term poll , maybe 5 years of 300000, and
Goodman came in a solid Last Place. Get a load calculation in writing,
measurements and guessing is not enough, what you need is the best
installer, not equipment.
Carrier with 1 year warranty? 13 SEER is bare minimum requirement now.
If you live where a/c is used a lot, higher SEER unit may be a better
choice for the long run. Also you have to choose between old Freon based
or newer refrrgerant(R22 vs R410).
All kidding aside. Look for a contractor who can prove themselves. Either
they are NATE approved and certified technicians, or RSES approved and
certified technitions. Good contractors belong to trade associations and
continue to attend schooling to keep up with equipment changes and trends.
ACCA is a good start. PHCC is another good start.
A smart consumer will check the contractors credentials and ask some prudent
information. A smart consumer will ask friends, relatives, and neighbors
who they've had good or bad experiences with. You make the choice and don't
let price dictate your decision alone.
Forget about the equipment and go with the best installer you can find.
A great installer can make anything work properly, but a hack can make even
the best equipment fail to the point where one thinks it's nothing but
I'm not a pro.
Got no axes to grind.
If you want "better" and you have the $, get Trane.
Goodman "fit and finish" may leave something to be desired.
Suspect Trane is easier to repair as well.
As regards reliability/longevity, with proper install,
I don't think anybody knows ('tho they'll swear that they do).
I'd place highest priority on selecting a super-competent
conny-tractor, type of eqpt. a distant second.
"Well, there's two trains runnin'.
Ain't neither one goin' my way.
One run at midnight,
the other run just before day."
- from "Still A Fool", Muddy Waters, maybe 1949
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