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  1. #1
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    Default It's 95 degrees, so it's time for our HVAC to break

    We didn't intend to be in the market for a new 3 ton AC and gas furnace this year, but here we are. Would love to hear your thoughts about the efficiency, common repair issues, and life expectancy on brands we've priced so far (in order of price, high to low): Carrier Infinity, Lennox, Goodman, and Nutone.

    From a price perspective, we've thrown out Nutone as it seems too cheap, so it's probably very cheaply made.

    Before now, we'd never heard of Goodman, but a lot of homeowners around here have it.

    Lennox seems to have all the bells and whistles for a mid-range price.

    Carrier has great name-brand recognition, but the price is significantly higher than the others -- is it worth it?

    We anticipate being in our home for another 8-10 years or so (until our youngest heads off to college). Any comments appreciated!

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    Default Re: It's 95 degrees, so it's time for our HVAC to break

    As with any thing opinions can vary when it comes to brands.

    However, the Carrier and Lennox are better units though Goodman seems to have improved as of late ( they used to be a nightmare ).

    Some other brands to consider are Trane , Bryant ( I like this brand ) and York.

    The most important factor , regarless of equipment brand , is the quality of workmanship and service from the company doing the work.
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    Default Re: It's 95 degrees, so it's time for our HVAC to break

    Goodman also has a factory right here in Houston TX, so they are American made.

    Can't say that for the other folks.

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    Default Re: It's 95 degrees, so it's time for our HVAC to break

    Don't think that just because Carrier and Lennox cost more, they are better. In fact, ask around, most installers don't like them as much as other brands. More important thing to consider is the accessiblity to parts, when you need them.

    Goodman is considered builder's grade. I have 4 Goodmans and they perform as well as the other "top" brands. Rheem, Bryant, Trane, York, Day & Night, American Std, and so on - you will be happy with any one of those IF the installer does a good job: sizing the unit and putting it together.

    Choose an installer based on recommendation, reputation and word of mouth, not by what brand he likes to install.

    After the unit is installed, the most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your A/C unit is to change the filter regularly.

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    Default Re: It's 95 degrees, so it's time for our HVAC to break

    Thank you all for your responses. Over the last couple days, we've been digging into each brand with regard to repair stats, the warranties, and the reputation of the installing companies. Most brands kick in fall rebates soon, so we're going to take the week-end (with fans and ice-y pops) to consider which way to go.

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    Default Re: It's 95 degrees, so it's time for our HVAC to break

    Very little difference between most of the brands other than Trane being a little overpriced without really being any more reliable. Most all use the same Copeland compressors. York & Goodman/Amana have pretty good warranties.

    99% of a reliable unit is a good installer. Bad installers tend to use the cheaper brands and Goodman allows internet sales direct to homeowners. Therefore those brands tend to have lower reliability ratings.


    Get the unit sized correctly (don't assume that the current unit is the correct size.) by having a load calculation done.
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    Default Re: It's 95 degrees, so it's time for our HVAC to break

    Also, Some brands are made by the same company. Meaning, they are the exact same units with a slightly different package.

    Rheem/Rudd
    Trane/American Standard
    Carrier/Bryant/Payne
    Goodman/Amana/Coleman
    York/Luxaire

    These are the major brands.
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    Default Re: It's 95 degrees, so it's time for our HVAC to break

    Hey, Gang

    After reviewing six brands, we decided to go with Lennox. The warranties, repair record, and install company reputation is good plus the rebates, discounts, and "extras" they're throwing in made it a reasonable choice for us. Thanks for your help along the way.

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