Rheem vs. Amana
I've been receiving estimates on a new heat pump and gas furnace. I have narrowed it down to two dealers, one installs Amana the other Rheem.
Amana: AMV950703B furnace variable speed / 2 stage
ASZ14036 3 ton heat pump 14 seer coil
Honeywell HW8000 Stat
total price of install
Rheem: RGRM-07 2 stage 95% furnace variable also
RPRL-036 3 ton heat pump with 16 seer coil
honeywell pro8000 stat
honeywell he225 humifier
Total price of install
My question is which is the better system. I know the installer has a lot to do with the way the unit will work. The Amana dealer is going to run the vent out under my deck and then along the house. The Rheem dealer explained that can not be done and will have to run venting the opposite way.
Any comments or suggestions is appreciated... thank you in advanced..
Personally I like the Amana equipment a LOT better than the Rheem. IMO like buying a Buick instead of a Malibu. Both get you down the road but one is quieter and built to a higher standard. Where do you live. In a very cold climate you cannot have more than 2-3 feet of exhaust pipe outside the house or the moisture in the exhaust gases will freezeup the pipe and insulating it is not a 100% foolproof way to prevent that. The Rheem guy may be right.
As we are a DIY site. Contractor's install prices don't go with the theme of the site.
Don't ask questions related to install prices.
Recently had a 95% furnance installed. As I worked with the installer trying to find the best way to vent the system, he gave me the impresion that codes (or installer instructions) require 1' free space around the vent (i.e. must be at least 12" above the ground, and 12" below anything above it).
Unless you have a high ceiling, coming out under the deck will likely be within 12" of the bottom of the deck joists. And even if I'm wrong and code allows for less than 12", do you really want to vent under a deck? The exhaust isn't hot, but it is warm and moist. As such, when it comes out the vent, it's going to rise and send all that moisture to the underside of the deck.
Otherwise, you've already pointed out what I learned when I was researching furnaces... the installer is more important than the equipment. I've also heard that all the manufacturers use the same core components (i.e. everyone uses the same compressor, the difference is what they surround it with).
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