New Carrier AC system pricing advice

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New Carrier AC system pricing advice

Hi...looking for some pricing advice on a new carrier ac system. We're in Mass. and have a 2 zone HVAC system. System for the 2nd floor broke down. It's 3 1/2 ton and 17 years old. Looking to replace with Carrier Performance 17 condenser with Carrier Performance variable speed air handler model #FV4CNF005000. Quote also includes a Carrier Edge Thermostat. All in price including all rebates is $6,965.00. Good deal? Bad deal? Fair deal? If you feel this is high, would love to know what you feel a fair price is. I do have other estimates from other manufacturers, but this is the system I'd like to focus on. Thanks so much for your help as I'm pretty clueless about this stuff.
 
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Old 05-31-14, 09:54 AM
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Looks like a good price to me.
The Carrier Edge is an expensive thermostat that isn't very user friendly and the dozen or so that I have installed do not support wifi.

The Edge does look great on a wall but the Prestige IAQ would be a better choice.
 
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Why carrier? You can get the same quality or better with a better warranty with other brands. Don't brand shop.
 
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I also have quotes from Train and Lennox. Just seems like most pro's comment most positively about Carrier, but I have no allegiance to any brand. The main reason for choosing carrier is that the dealer is very close to my house, so I can always find him if something goes wrong! They also get high marks on Angies List, as do all the dealers I had come out. Pricing was very similar no matter what the brand. Do you have a point of view regarding which manufacturers I should be considering?
 
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Do you need high end equipment?

Best value is a 14 SEER condenser combined with a variable speed air handler, which nets 15 seer. (some brands may offer a 16 seer single stage, but no 14/15)

The higher end models tend to be two stage and have expensive, proprietary circuit boards which can fail. The law of diminishing returns applies when it comes to seer ratings.
 
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What I have read seems to indicate the variable speed indoor fan motors are $$$ , also ?

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Old 06-01-14, 01:42 PM
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To get more than 14.5 seer, you're always looking at a variable speed indoor fan.

Variable speed may be worth the extra money -> not only are these fans more efficient, they also do a really good job of maintaining proper airflow and can be hooked up to a humidistat. (when humidity exceeds a certain level, the fan slows down to pull more moisture out of the air.)

Two-stage may be worth the extra money if you're very particular when it comes to temperature control and noise -> personally, I would stick with single stage, 15-16 seer. (cheaper to buy, cheaper to repair)
 
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99.9% of the time our humidity is LOW . So , that is not a consideration .

My existing central unit is a 13 SEER . Regular indoor fan motor .

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Out of curiosity, why are you looking at replacement?

13 seer isn't bad at all -> going from 13 to 15-17 is hard to justify unless replacement is the only option.
 
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I'm definitely a believer in high efficiency equipment. No replacement for total comfort. I'm currently in the process of putting in a two stage variable speed furnace with a 16 seer two stage heat pump, EWC zoning controls, communicating controls, steam humidifier, uv light, the whole 9 for one of my new customers.
 
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