Central Air Brand Recommendations

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Old 05-28-15, 06:17 PM
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Central Air Brand Recommendations

Looking for recommendations as to good brands and/or ones to avoid.

I have a 12 y/o 3 ton Bryant central air unit that apparently has a leak. It has been recharged and I am just now getting weather to use it and determine how long it will continue to cool.

With that said, it is 12 y/o and I know they don't last forever. I got a quote from one local contractor. They are pushing a 2.5 ton York (YCJF model), which is apparently better than my current unit and has the best combination of dealer and energy company rebates (net price to me of $3200). I'm fine with the price, I just want to make sure I am getting a good unit.

I have never purchased a central air unit. Any pros or cons of the various units such as Lennox, Bryant, York, Carrier, Coleman etc?

Thanks. I appreciate any input.
 
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All those brands you mentioned are OK. Find a good installer is much more important. (If you want to save money, choose Goodman. they are cheaper. Some people don't like Goodman, but I think they are OK, again, find a good installer is the key)
 
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Good point Clocert.

Wondering if anyone can tell me whether it is worth stringing along an older unit? Supposedly it was only charged to about 50% of capacity. Could be a slow leak. I live in Minnesota and do not use it all the time.

I have read a lot of comments where people get them charged each year (presumably because they are leaking). My installer is telling me once they start leaking you should just get a new one. Is there a middle ground?
 
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What SEER is your existing system?

The leak is often at the indoor coil.
If your existing condenser doesn't have king valves it is probably not leaking.

I would have the leak located.
A leaking filter drier could be an easy fix.
 
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