12:47PM | 06/03/00
Member Since: 06/02/00
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Our repair person has recommended TempStar.
The unit is a 12 Seer system with a scroll compressor. Can anyone comment on Tempstar? What other brands should I consider? I live in FL and have a large area to cool. Should I stick with Carrier, Lennox, or Heil? I was also told that the high-end Carriers (17 Seer systems) are too complicated and will potentially be unreliable. Comments please.

After further research it appears that Tempstar is produced at the Heil plant in TN. Are they the same units?

[This message has been edited by Steve12 (edited June 03, 2000).]


05:25PM | 06/03/00
Member Since: 06/02/00
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Heil & Tempstar are brands of ICP which was bought by Carrier last year. Even though owned by Carrier the units are not made in a "Carrier" plant. Heil & Tempstar brands will be very similiar and only have subtle differences. This is a new design for them this year and they have no track record on these units yet unless the dealer is still selling last years model. The answer is how reliable is the dealer and what are his references. 17 SEER is expensive and the equipment does not a long track record and again the unit's performance is based on the dealer's knowledge of the equipment. Look at Rheem, Ruud, or WeatherKing they have been using Scrolls longer than anybody and they are a ISO 9000 rated company. Lennox and Carrier Brand units have all stood the test of time.


10:07AM | 12/09/04
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08:50AM | 12/10/04
Member Since: 12/09/04
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A premier system is Carrier's Puron system with a variable speed air handler. This system would be rated at approx 14 SEER and utilizes the standard design single speed compressor. The air handler however, has a variable speed blower, which provides excellent dehumidification as well as temp control. The system can be upgraded to include the Infinity control, which features communication ability. This system overall features proven designs with leading edge technology.


08:21AM | 12/17/04
Member Since: 12/16/04
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I install every brand out there and in 20 years have had only three bad compressors. So-in my opinion every brand out there is just as good as anyone else, these companies

usually build a pretty good product. It's usually the installation and the installer thats the problem. Your problem is finding a qualified installer who has more than just installion experience, make sure you hire someone who knows how to size the equipment, how to charge the equipment and knows the difference between a mineral oil and a POE, also there are a lot of people in this undustry who have no technical training, so make sure to get about five to six estimates from people who installed many systems, not estimates from people who are just salesmen, who picked up a brochure and read it before walking into your house. Make sure you ask that estimator where he got his training in the theory of heating and cooling, what school they went to and when they graduated. I am a firm believer in training, and there are a lot of companies outthere today who do not follow this logic.
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