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laurab

02:21AM | 06/13/04
Member Since: 03/14/04
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Since we are eventually going to be replacing our heating and cooling system within the next year. I am wanting to know which brand is best to get.

Currently we have central AC and Gas Furnance combo made by RHUDD and is approx 18 yrs old(house built in 1986). Our house is approx 1400 square feet (but will be adding an addtional bedroom and bathroom within the next 5 yrs) We plan on switching to total electric. And we live in South East GA.

The 2 brands that we are considering specifically are Carrier and Trane. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

laurab

07:10AM | 06/13/04
Member Since: 03/14/04
4 lifetime posts
thanks! I have noticed that in my neighborhood, I see a lot of Tranes. The guy that services our AC sells RHEEM and I don't think I want that. It almost sounds like what it means :)

tomh

07:16AM | 06/13/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
I think the key is to determine what levels of features and efficiency is best for your circumstances, then obtain bids on comparable equipment. We just completed an installation of a Carrier Infinity system with 15 SEER (14 EER) AC (38TDB) and a two stage furnace with variable speed air handler (58MPV). In the end, the mechanics bid was be best price compared to comparable Trane and Lennox bids, but was higher than a Rheem Ruud unit. Energy incentives from the utility company made the jump to super efficiency from high efficiency cost competitive.

As HKestenhotz said, brand is of less consequence than getting a competent installer. I simply would add that each brand offers competing units with similar features and capabilities. Your job is to sort out which one has the best price point and customer support for that particular level of equipment.
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