Best Brand for Central Air Conditioner

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Old 09-15-08, 11:43 AM
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Best Brand for Central Air Conditioner

Hi All.

What is the best brand, bang for the money for central Air ( assuming a good installer ).

We have a Trane 5-ton system XL1000 condenser and XL80 furnace. The unit has ran flawlessly for 8 years. All is great except the the condenser outside unit is VERY NOISY and the electric bills are high.

We are in the process of moving the Furnace / A-coil to the attic and I need to get a new A-coil, so this is a good time to replace the condenser with a less noisier and better SEER unit.

So what's the best bang for the buck in brands? For example, I heard American Standard is the same as Trane but cheaper, etc.

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Joseph
 
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Old 09-17-08, 04:42 PM
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Some of those older Trane were loud, and if you do look into the newer Trane, Look at the XL lines.. They run much quieter, and also the XV line of furnace is very quiet since they use variable speed blower.

Get a few quote and see where they come back in size, and price.
 
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Our Trane furnace is dual speed and extremly quiet - I love the 2 speed setting for heat.

The outside condenser is the loudest I ever heard however.

I am hearing good things about York brand - any comments?
 
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York is another good brand. We had a 4 year old York when I first moved into the house, and it was quiet, but I had to take it out since the coil was falling apart from the last owner's dog peeing on it.
 
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What about the Goodman brand, like the 14 SEER with the Copeland scroll compressor?

With a good installer, is this a decent condenser to get for the money?
 
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As long as you use a professional HVAC company to install it Goodman will be fine. I just put in a 13 SEER unit and you can barely hear it running.
 
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Like Matt said, a good Pro putting in the Goodman will be fine.. Just don't get the unit on your own and hack it in or get Joe Blow off the street corner.
 
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Yup, I like Goodman too. Everything is waranteed for 10 yrs too. Any install mistakes should show up in the first season, and be covered by the install company. (Such as leaks, sizing, ductwork, wiring)
 
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Originally Posted by HVAC Mech. View Post
Yup, I like Goodman too. Everything is waranteed for 10 yrs too. Any install mistakes should show up in the first season, and be covered by the install company. (Such as leaks, sizing, ductwork, wiring)
Thank you - I am going to go for a 14 SEER Goodman condenser and matching coil.

Joe
 
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