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Free888
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re: Difference in HVAC Prices
The other thing to check (if you haven’t already) is to see if your local utility has rebates on the equipment. I think I saved around $1000 because of this. My American Standard system (rebadged Trane) is very similar and came in at about $7000 after rebates and included a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat (professional version, not the retail version).
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ELLSSUU
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Member since Jan 2005
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re: Difference in HVAC Prices
Be weary of rebranded systems and other 'cheaper' HVAC units. They're not cheaper because the same guts are inside of them. Some have different materials that they are made from to cut costs. 10 year warranties are great until it's 2-5 days to order a part in July.

Determine the cost layout of a good unit over the product life and planned ownership of the house and let that help guide you.
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Triggerr
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re: Difference in HVAC Prices
The guys system went out, no he isnt changing the duct work, copper etc. they are changing out the equipment and probably flushing the lines, however I hear now that isn’t necessary all the time. Your questions are try hard like you know what your talking about


Propane_Tiger
Member since Jan 2017
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re: Difference in HVAC Prices
Never use AccuTemp

Ever


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hubreb
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Member since Nov 2008
718 posts

re: Difference in HVAC Prices
Don't use a big company, HVAC is a racket business....I had a compressor go out on a Trane... everyone immediately says replace unit...4-8k...have a buddy that knows about this stuff order me a compressor for 1200...just replaced that...all in 1500 and a 12 pack


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Spankum
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Miss-sippi
Member since Jan 2007
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re: Difference in HVAC Prices
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The other thing to check (if you haven’t already) is to see if your local utility has rebates on the equipment. I think I saved around $1000 because of this. My American Standard system (rebadged Trane) is very similar and came in at about $7000 after r


Agreed, I saved a good chunk of money myself. Check both the power company and the gas company for rebates.


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SlickRickerz
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Member since Oct 2018
358 posts

re: Difference in HVAC Prices
I had to change my 5 ton, I had the indoor and outdoor unit changed with an Amana system for $5000 with a lifetime warranty on the compressor unit.


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WHATDOINO
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2008
5987 posts

re: Difference in HVAC Prices
Insurance and company availability. The higher price like rebel will be in business and warranty will be consistent with that. A/c business is one that many guys try to do early on as it doesn't take much to start.

You can definitely go with the lower priced guy, but remember the common law of business is you don't get a lot paying a little


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Tampa Tiger
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Member since Nov 2006
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re: Difference in HVAC Prices
Why do you need a 6 ton for 2400sq. Ft?


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Tampa Tiger
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Member since Nov 2006
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re: Difference in HVAC Prices
Ripped off


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LSURN98
Member since Oct 2019
220 posts

re: Difference in HVAC Prices
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I highly recommend a two speed or variable speed unit. At high demand times it will run on high speed. On cooler days or at night, it will run on lower speed. Much more consistent temps in the house.


This.

Pulled the trigger on a 22 SEER Lennox system. 13k. Variable speeds make a huge difference. Keep it at 65 at night no matter how hot it is outside. Never fails to maintain.


CitizenK
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Member since Aug 2019
1466 posts

re: Difference in HVAC Prices
Variable speeds are good, but higher SEER is mostly due thinner walls of tubes in the condenser for great heat transfer efficiency


Spankum
LSU Fan
Miss-sippi
Member since Jan 2007
50290 posts

re: Difference in HVAC Prices
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thinner walls of tubes in the condenser for great heat transfer efficiency


Unfortunately that means a shorter lifespan on the condenser, too


LSUisBetterthanU
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Baton Rouge
Member since May 2007
660 posts

re: Difference in HVAC Prices
I changed (2) 3 ton units for $9500 total back in March. Best money ever spent.


LSUKTR
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Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2005
1288 posts

re: Difference in HVAC Prices
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I changed (2) 3 ton units for $9500 total back in March. Best money ever spent.


Damn. Everything? Furnace, coil, condenser?

I’m changing a 3 ton to a 3.5 ton this week for $5500. Plus an extra $1500 for some ductwork and a couple new supply vents.

Both units are 25 yrs old, so I know I’ll need to change the other one soon. This install is going to be Carrier. Same price for Ruud/Rheem, so went with Carrier.
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AUriptide
Minnesota Fan
Member since Aug 2009
4291 posts

re: Difference in HVAC Prices
I just replaced two outside units and both inside air handlers last summer for $12,000. Bryrant Units.

I'm in Alabama, but those price still seem high.


Mudminnow
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Houston, TX
Member since Aug 2004
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re: Difference in HVAC Prices
Brands do make a difference.

Some are very good like Trane and will have fewer breakdowns and especially like a compressor or evap coil. Carrier was solid for many years but last couple of years have went the Lennox model and put in very cheap parts to mass produce at lower price to get a more foothold on new construction market.

Goodman, Rheem, Ruud, solid to okay.

Would never buy a Lennox though, absolute trash. They way they deceiveed the public, several lawsuits, and still putting in very cheap coils that go out in 36-48 months and many around 18 months.

Go with small reputable companies. If a company has a fleet of trucks with logos plastered all over stay away. Small companies that are authorized dealers who dont advertise will have the best prices.


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