Thanks in advance for your help and for taking the time to answer homeowner questions.
I live in South Florida in the Fort Lauderdale area and am in the process of replacing my old Trane 920XE (circa 1986) with a new unit that is more efficient and has an air handler that isn't rusted out like mine currently is! I bought this house about 2 years ago.
I am currently deciding between two quotes. Both include air handlers and all required installation extras like slabs and air handler stands.
Trane 4 ton 14.5 seer R410A a/c system.
Trane condenser model # 4TTR3048D1000A.
Trane air handler model # GAM5AOC48M41SA.
4-Ton Rheem Split System 16 seer 410A system (didn't get model numbers)
I know that Trane is supposedly the Cadillac of all AC units and, given the fact that mine has lasted 26 years, that seems to be the case. I don't know much about Rheem, but I've been quoted a unit that has a higher efficiency rating and is less in price, which makes me suspicious that it isn't as reliable or sturdy as the Trane unit. Trane comes with 10 years parts and 1 year labor, Rheem comes with 5 years parts, 3 years labor.
Again, I'm in South Florida, so my AC runs pretty much year round. Which is the better deal? Is it worth it to get the Trane for a bit of extra money and 1.5 less in seer ratings?