My AC guy says I need a new unit. He recommended
Full unit: compressor, furnace (gas) and coils? (Sorry, I'm not real
literate about this.) It's basically the whole unit.
10 year warranty The cost was about $6000.
I'm also interested in Carrier, Rheem and some of the less expensive
brands. This Carrier lasted 17 + years so I'm feeling pretty good about
Thanks for any help you can provide. At least I'm not sitting in a
house with no air. Hopefully I will have some time to prepare for this
costly adventure! :) Any input would be appreciated. Vc
I suggest contacting more than one AC guy. Ask neighbors etc for
recommendations. That HVAC guy is far more important than the brand of
equipment you end up with. The right choice of equipment for your needs and
a proper installation can make even the best equipment perform poorly of
well. A good tech will not recommend poor equipment.
Joe keeps saying that and I agree, but want to "say it in writing". People
are WAY to concerned with brand names and not at all with the guy who can
ruin the best system.
There are in reality very few motor and compressor makers, so regardless of
what the label says, your A/C system may have identical components to
I suspect any installer that is cryptic and does not tell you why exactly
you get a WHOLE new system.
I strongly agree, rely on the install and not the brand. I had a unit
put in that was top of the line. However, I had to ask the installer
to stop and leave the house before things got ugly. He was always
trying to cut corners and get the job done fast. If you have the
unit installed, make sure you know more than basics when it comes to
install, other wise the installer may try to cut corners on you. The
install is the most important part to making sure the unit runs
correct. I would also try to go alittle higher than 13 SEER. The
law just passed of Jan. 06 that require min. that all units be 13
SEER. If you can swing it, I would look at something alittle higher
to stay above min. requirements.
Recently I have received a quote from SEARS and they quoted for $7250
and I have gotten some more quotes from local Carrier dealer's follows
Dealer A $6150
Dealer B $5900
Dealer C $5000
Performance series 15 Seer 2.5 tons AC
Furnace Infinity 80 series 90000 btu
Matching evaporate coil
The above prices are after $800 mail in rebate.
Call all local dealers and get a quote and select the lowest one.
Run as fast as you can away from sears hvac systems. They farm them
out to local hvac contractors that are worthless. If you go with a
sears install then I suggest you prepare yourself for one problem
after the next.
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