I live in Tampa FL and my central a/c Rheem packaged unit died. Tech said
that the compressor seized up. Also said the unit was probably a 7.0 seer
unit about 15+ years old. Recommended a compressor replacement or a new
packaged unit (2 months ago he repaired a leak in a capillary? tube). I
figured that with the age of the unit that I should go with a replacement
packaged unit (5 Ton). Recommended a Miller which I never heard of and
Internet search turned up zip(amazing). Since I wanted something more known
he recommended a Payne (Carrier) 12 seer (fits my wallet). Anyone know
anything about the current crop of Payne packaged 12 seer (a/c only) units?
It sounds like it is time to replace it. In fact it sounds like you are
one repair behind time. :-)
Don't worry about the brand name. Do worry about who is doing the work.
It is likely best to stick with their recommendation for your specific
needs. A good professional will only recommend good equipment. Many of the
name brands you hear about and see advertising for and junk.
I don't know about Miller, but I suspect someone here will and will let
you know their opinion so hang in there. However if you trust this guy
doing the work, you should be fine.
Installer is more important!
Get some one that will do a heat gain calculation to size the unit to your
(THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!)
Don't just install the same size as you have now (cause it being 15 years
old), it is probably oversized.
Oversized units will not only cost you money, but will compromise your
Also, with you being in a state where you use the A/C most of the time, buy
the highest SEER unit you can afford.
This is Turtle.
The installer is 90% of a good running system and with this said.
Now Miller / frigidaire Sucks on duriability but the 5 ton Miller Package unit
will come with a scroll compressor and will put them in the maybe ok ballpark.
If it is the lower tonages than a 5 ton they suck.
Carrier / Payne will do but just will say OK I guess.
You might try to get you another Rheem / Ruud but don't give up the good
Miller / Frigidaire / Nordyne / InterTherm / bunch of other names of units made
for trailor house use.
Take any brand before you give up a good installer.
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