As one who installs them, Trane is still an excellent unit. So is
Lennox. Other good brands: Carrier, York, Rheem/Ruud. Here in Myrtle
Beach SC, stuff that doesn't hold up as well is ICP (Heil, Tempstar,
Comfort Maker, ArcoAire, etc), Goodman, Nordyne.
I respect your opinion, so I'll take your word for it. I agree with your
assessment of all the other brands. The four you mentioned happened to be
the same four brands I was considering back in 89 when I went with Rheem.
Maybe the Tranes around me have just had some bad luck.
You know, I have said it before: At one time Heil was a good unit. There are
still a bunch of them out there from the late 70s early 80s crankin' away.
Especially those "horseshoe shaped" units that, unless you are right up on
it and look at the nameplate, could be a Heil, Tempstar, Montgommery Wards,
Whirlpool, Sears, etc. I think in the mid to late 80s the quality went way
down on the units....
You might look at Maytag. I needed a new AC this past summer, and
found that Maytag was almost half the price of Trane for the same
size and efficiency. It's made by Nordyne and uses the same components
as Rheem but is guaranteed by Maytag and includes a 10 year parts and
labor warranty. Maytag has been selling AC for 5 years, and so far in
my area they seem to be highly reliable. I live in central FL so
reliability and efficiency are quite important to me, and I considered
every brand and narrowed it to Trane and Rheem, (and American
Standard, which is Trane), and then discovered Maytag. My dealer
happens to be a Maytag dealer, but HVAC contractors also sell them. I
bought a 5 ton heat pump for about $4500, including UV filter, new
pad, programmable thermostat, and new, larger copper lines. I went
with Freon, but Puron is available also. The 10 year parts and labor
warranty was a big incentive, and is a Maytag warranty, not an
aftermarket policy. Trane has one for at extra cost, and except for
Maytag and Trane, my impression is it is often difficult to find a
contractor that will perform a repair for the warranty's allowance.
On 20 Jan 2006 09:32:30 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
I had my 19 year old heat pump replaced in April 2005. I got
4 bids, all for a Trane 14i (14 seer) system. Home Depot
came in $1100 better than the other three. Home Depot also
included a condensate pump and Spacegard filter, which the
others did not include. The final price was $5900. The
contractor they used did a great job.
In my opinion, Home Depot should NOT be competing with HVAC contractors
regarding selling central systems and their installation!
I don't believe they are doing that in this area! Where are you located?
You may be a lucky one, as some installations may turn out to be a
Do a lot of reading!
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I used to sub for the local Sears for about 2 years. The manager liked me
because he got no complaints. His boss found out and made him sub the work
out to the lowest bidder, who turned out to be a hack. Sears, HD, Lowes,
etc. are all the same. Anyone who gets a quality installation from them is
In our area (Prescott Arizona) Home Depot uses the same HVAC
contractor that put in our Trane dual-fuel heat pump. Although I
dealt directly with the contractor, I still got the Home Depot
discount because of some arrangement they have with them.
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