Hello, I am trying to decide on a contractor and equipment to replace a 20 year old HVAC system in a rental property. I don't need high end features like multiple speed blowers etc. so I am OK with basic equipment but I do want and am willing to pay for good quality and high efficiency. The way I see it good quality / warranty = less headaches for me and high effieciency = happier tenants and that is just the right thing to do. I have been getting quotes for 95% furnace / 13 SEER AC. Here in my town most contractors are recommending Rheem but one is recommending Rudd. Are they really the same? I know the model numbers are identical and I have heard they would be identical if both had their badges removed you couldn't tell the difference. Is that true?
Also the warranties concern me. Rheem website says the furnace HX lifetime will drop to 20 year if not installed in primary residence. All other aspect of the warranties do not matter if the residence is primary or not so long as it is residential. When I go to Rudd website I cannot find any language about primary residence vs. rental, etc. Obviously I want to keep the 10 yrs parts warranties in force at the rental if I can.
THanks for any help and this is a cool site!
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