I see from prior postings that people think it makes little difference what brand of a/c you go for, provided the installer is good.
well - I have just gotten quotes for a 2 zone replacement of air handlers and condensing units (ie 2 new condensers, 2 new air handlers + pipework, limited duct adaptation)
The best price I can get for the Carrier systems is $13,586 after all rebates. For the directly comperable system from Heil I've been quoted $8600! ($8000 for the Freon version). OK the Carrier is "15.5 SEER" and the Heil is 14+ SEER, but that doesn't account for the $5K difference!
It can't be just $5K for the brand label? c'mon, someone must have some independant info on the different value-for-money, reliability, quality of these various systems? anyone?
(I also got Trane, ?Lennox and York to quote. York (PSE&G) never showed, Trane dealer promised a quote but never bothered to send it, ditto for the other guy, so I can't give equivelent prices for their stuff, despite trying)