I am posting this for a family member. He is replacing an old furnace.
Two licensed hvac contractors came in with estimates. One want to use a
Goodman and the other want to install a Rheem. Are these reliable units?
Or should he ask for a different furnace manufacturer? Also 80, 90, or
93% efficiency unit. Is it worth the rebates and do you actually save in
the long run. Thanks. Pete New Jersey
I just went through this stuff. In my case the difference in price from 80%
to 92% was about $500. I will save that in 2 to 3 years, if the price of
Natural gas does not go up. It was a no brainer for me.
I was also offered a Goodman 90+ installed and a Trane 90+ for $750 more. I
choose the Trane; it better than Goodman.
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replacing an old furnace.
estimates. One want to use a
Are these reliable units?
manufacturer? Also 80, 90, or
do you actually save in
How about 95% efficiency? Make sure you are
comparing apples to apples. With a vaiable speed
blower supposedly you can get 95% efficiency. As of
September first the rebate for a variable speed
furnace(95%) was raised to $400 as opposed to $300
for a high-efficiency furnace with a standard
blower(92%). And the cost difference for an 80% or
a 92% is less than the rebate you get if you go
with Goodman. Goodman offers a 10 year parts and
labor extended warranty for $100. I don't know if
Rheem does or not. But you can't even always go
with a high-efficiency model. They are what they
call "direct-vented" which means it vents straight
to the outside with PVC pipes for fresh-air intake
and exaust. They don't go into your chimney. I'm
starting to sound like a salesman. I'm just the
office girl but I do the paperwork. I guess I just
wanted to say I would pick Goodman over Rheem. And
that the high-efficiency models aren't always the
way to go. And then there's Trane.....
Call me if you want to talk about it.
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