your comments on this HVAC system
I'm not a DIY, just want comments from pros on this system as replacement for 30yr old Carrier unit. How much should it cost (approx) installed with duct testing? It's a hall closet split-system, upflow with return air right below closet. Plenty of attic room for installers, house in clean tight condition. Old unit still working. Is this equipment a good matched system for this size home and are there any manufactuer promotion/rebates currently? Any help would be appreciated.
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Details: I'm located in San Francisco North Bay Area, 30 year old 1650 sq.ft. single story home, insulated to R11, new average size double pane Simonton windows and exterior doors/sliders. 8 registers total, tall ceilings in half the house.
carrier infinity ANA 1 or orion?
i need a 4 ton which i will agree with as i have had several people say so. in addition, i live in a split which apparently it seems to be very difficult to put in the ducts (although i don't know why- all the walls are open) my bids have really surprised me as the most expensive was 2 and a half times what i thought it would originally cost. it's a little hard to wrap your mind around a number that you could buy a not so shabby car for. actually i'm calling that one a "save your face bid" in which he shows up so you can't say he didn't but really doesn't want to do the job so he gives you this outrageous price so that you'll not consider him.
the question is now, the carrier infinity which i read good things about, in a 16.8 seer and 13 eer or one model up with 17.3 seer and 13.4 eer - which doesn't seem like much or
the orion system which has some kind of skinny ducts?
i don't know why everyone says it's such a hard house. one guy went on and on about how hot it was as if i waited all year long for a super hot summer and on the hottest day i said "ok. today!" i think he priced it due to the heat!
the last 4 bids i've had are all going the wrong way- up. i have no tax credits left so there's nothing there. i might get some rebates but that's about it.
i believe in buying the best up front so even if it costs a little more but i get better it's ok.
any thoughts? chrystia