Supposedly, they sell more than anyone else in the industry.
Other manufacturers offer extended warranties also. Check them out to before
I know it's been said a hundred times, but:
Who installs the unit is 95% of the job. Not the brand name.
It's just me, but I would personally never own a Goodman........
First I look at the standard warranties (when I can find 'em).
Then I look at the x-warranties. In general, they are limited
to 10 years?
Given I don't buy junk and get a good install, I'm
primarily worried about the second 10 years, not the 1st.
But I'd welcome a 10-yr warranty on a potentially leaky
A-coil (if reasonably priced).
I'll bite. How do I find the good one(s)? Folks that
installed the old stuff (AC leaked for 18 years) were
well known and established ("since '46"). They quoted
the current bids. What do I do? Go to the BBB with a
handful of local names and find the one with the
I'm strongly inclined to concur.
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From what I understand, the minimum SEER residential units they can
sell you will be 13 after the first of the year. A tax credit for
energy efficiency improvements is slated for 2006 also.
May replace my 21 year old York electric-gas package next spring....
FWIW, my SE Michigan home is small like yours, 760 sq ft; my Kenmore
ac unit is 1.5 ton and is more than enough. It's been three years now,
not a peep of trouble (knock on wood). Gets humidity down to 35%, even
when stat is set at 78F. It is very quiet; paid a bit extra for a
screw-type piston because it was outside my bedroom window. Well worth
I had bad experience with a Janitrol ac at last house, 1500 sq ft/1.5
ton. It got noisy and needed charged every summer, yet nobody could
find a leak or problem. And it couldn't keep up during the hottest
days (95+), it would run almost constantly. Neighbors there bought a
Janitrol too, it died after six years.
No way will I ever consider a Janitrol again. Junk.
Janitrol was made by Goodman, who also made Goodman and GMC(Goodman
Manufacturing Co). All three brands were the same unit. They retired
the Janitrol brand, but still make Goodman and GMC. If you buy a
Goodman, you will be getting a Janitrol by another name.
Thats like saying Ruud ahd Rheem are the same thing
or Bryant and Carrier or whatever. There's High end
and low end. Janitrol was low end and they quit
making them. I know you already know that. And what
kind is GMC? Aren't they trucks? Tomorrow I'm going
to ask the distributor what GMC is.
Most of them are!! Ruud and Rheem build identical units, The only difference
between them are the first letter of the model number! I installed a AC
condenser the other day that came with Weather King labels on it, and Ruud
and Rheem labels in the package!
An 800 square foot house will not use much gas to heat it as you have seen.
The differences between a 80% and 90% as far as reliability is zip. Most all
80% furnaces are as complicated as the standard 90% units. All have ventor
motors, pressure switches and control boards. I would consider a 90% furnace
in your case as it gets cold enough to use it allot. A two stage 80% may
save you a bit on your gas bill as it will run more on first stage in warmer
weather and cycle less.
As far as AC I would look at either a 10 or 12 SEER if you run it as little
as you say.
Get more bids!
You might do well to get a window air conditioner at Walmart - not very
expensive like $150 or so. I would stick it in your bedroom window. Leave it
on with door open during days and it should keep the whole house cool. Then
close door at night and just cool the bedroom.
Then just get a new central heating system. Could save you a lot of $$ both
with the install and on your electric bill during the summer.
If your money is tight I would put electric heaters where needed and
use the gas furnace for the coldest weather. Electric is not cheap but
you get 100%.
I also would not give any contractor any money until they showed up
with some goods. Then only enough to prove you intend to pay up when
done. Do not let them get ahead of you or you have no power. If you
find a contractor that won't do that they keep looking, that guy
probably won't be around for service in years to come again anyhow.
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