Current central AC brand pref's


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Old 07-17-12, 05:40 PM
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Current central AC brand pref's

Haven't seen this brought up lately (or at least I couldn't find a recent thread), so I'm wondering what the pros think as to best all-round central ac units. By "best" I mean bang-for-the-buck and not necessarily the creme of the crop.

Background: My Mom's been visiting for a couple of weeks and my sister called the other day to say she had stopped by the house and it was hot inside. Barring something simple (I'm taking her home Friday and will get a quick look-see before the ac guys show up in the pm), she's considering the system might be a goner. I'm not exactly sure how old it is, but she claims it was installed when my Dad was still alive (<1996) so it could be at least 16 years old, might be pushing 20! She has a HVAC company she's done business with for years (and she says is the one's who installed current system) so it's likely they'll get the install job if replacement needed; that may limit what brands they use. Won't know that info until Friday.

ANYWAY, in the event it needs replacing, what's the feeling of the HVAC pros on brands to lean toward or avoid.

Thanks.

OBTW, it's about 1200 square feet I think, concrete block, 2BR, 1 bath with "Florida" Room (Floridians will know what I mean, essentially a sun-room on the back of the house, under air). Unfortunately the Florida room has jalousie windows that leak air like the Titanic leaked water.
 
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Old 07-17-12, 07:33 PM
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I'm sure you have heard this before.... It matters much less about the brand than the installation. However, in the house I'm builidng I'm installing Trane. That has to say something within itself. I have a bryant in my current home and it does very well, but my personal preference is Trane.
 
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Question New condenser and coil needed

Compressor and coil need replaced I was quoted approx 2,500 for a new Trane 14 seer condenser and matching coil that uses R410. Can't seem to find a price for the equipment online, can anyone tell me if this is reasonable. The price does include installation.
 
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Old 07-17-12, 08:56 PM
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$2,500 sounds very reasonable to me. One reason you won't find the prices online is that most HVAC manufacturers sell only through authorized dealers, and will not sell directly to the general public. Hence, the prices are not released to the public.

Most brands offer a good/better/best model lineup, so it can be hard to judge a quoted price unless you know if the installer is quoting builder-grade or top-of-the-line equipment.
 
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Old 07-17-12, 09:12 PM
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$2,500 sounds way cheap to me. In my area it would be double that figure.
 
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Old 07-18-12, 04:38 AM
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My threads been hijacked!

Getting back on track, yes, I should have said I knew a quality installation was half the battle. I'm not sure what brand the current one is, but it's sure had a long life. We had ac replaced here about 7 years ago with a Lennox system and have been happy with that.

What I found interesting was that before I posted, I did a search on the subject and found a number of lists of theoretically knowledgeable people and there was a wide swing of which end of the spectrum (good -> bad) for some brands from one list to another. Figured that was maybe an install issue. The ones that seemed to group near the top were often American Standard, Rheem, Trane, Ruud, Bryant, and Lennox. Showing my ignorance, I thought AS only made toilets.
 
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Oh, and I echo Furd's comment.
 
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Am.Std. bought Trane in 84, you can pay alot more for the name.
 
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Ahhh.
 
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You would double that price of 2500 just for a coil and condenser. Now that sounds like a ripoff. I like tempstar, trane, day and night, and rheem.
 
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Old 07-18-12, 07:17 PM
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At least 2000 a ton 3000 more real life
 
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Update

Okay, got her home and the ac going; false alarm (at least for the moment) on needing replacement. Culprit was a toasted capacitor; the tech replaced that and added some freon and it lives again. Before the tech got there I did a quick once over for anything obvious and in the process glanced at the data sticker; Manufactured.....11/90. Yikes! Wish everything lasted as long nowadays. It's a Rheem 9 seer; the tech said considering its age, it seemed to be performing quite well.
 
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Old 07-21-12, 11:18 AM
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22 years old. You can't beat that
 
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Old 07-21-12, 11:39 AM
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But I can match it.....Lennox rooftop unit...working fine. Original to house built in '90. Fingers crossed...
 
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Adding refrigerant is not part of normal maintenance.

Either you have a leak or it was fine and the tech overcharged it. If he checked pressures only (not refrigerant line temps), he most likely overcharged your system.
 
 

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