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Old 04-29-2009, 06:51 PM   #1
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I am looking to replace my 18 year old Rudd heat pump in my 1800 sq. ft house. I am starting to get quotes. I have been looking at Trane, Carrier and Heil. Are there any other brands I should be looking at and which ones are good.

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Old 04-29-2009, 07:23 PM   #2
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I am starting to get quotes.

A dot plot might be helpful at some point

.........a...bcd...e.........f
$0....1.....2.....3.....4.....5
........^relative price^

Bids a and f are probably Outliers, and bcd seems to be the true price of doing your job in your zip code in April, 2009.

Variable speed blowers may have high parts cost and be less reliable than fixed speed blowers.

You may not notice a difference in your elec. bill when going to a high effic. unit.


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Old 04-30-2009, 08:16 AM   #3
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Agree with everything Yoyizit says - multi-speed vice VS blower and lower SEERs seem to be the sweat spot right now for best value.

There is some debate on the subject of who is best, but there are many common parts so be sure to get quotes on some "lower-end" manufactures such as Goodman, Fedders, etc. Plus the manufacturers you just mentioned, such as Carrier, build some other lesser known but more affordable brands such as Coleman, Payne, etc.

The more quotes the better.
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:24 AM   #4
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Two in a row is a first for me on any forum, and I don't even do HVAC for a living. . .thanks, guys
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Two in a row is a first for me on any forum, and I don't even do HVAC for a living. . .thanks, guys
And you didn't even put a google or wiki link...
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And you didn't even put a google or wiki link...
I only do that if I think I will get an argument. It's hard to say how posts will be received.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:45 PM   #7
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Most of the major brands if installed PROPERLY will work well. As with cars there are some quality differences and as you pay more $$ the units get heavier, quieter and more robust which usually translates into a longer life. For example:http://www.lennox.com/products/list.asp?type=6

Notice that some units are as quiet as 63 db and others louder. Your cheaper brands are lighter, noisier and cost less for a reason. It has to be built well to be quiet.

Good is not Cheap and Cheap is not Good.
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some units are as quiet as 63 db
At what distance? I can't find this info anywhere. . .
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ARI Standard 270, looked it up on DaveNet. Industry standard that Lennox, Carrier uses and all the others if they provide that info.


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American Standard is good
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Only 1 or 2 models of Trane,A/S have decent heat ratings.

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