Mexican made builder model. No pressure switches. Haven't caused us much trouble though. Good numbers, 16 SEER, 13 EER. Good for a 4 ton. B
Long ways from an RARL that I was thinking. That 049 is a new one in the line with more efficiency. So my comment on pricing doesn't apply. The builder Rheems are low priced so not surprising this comes in similar to the XR13. This is not a variable speed air handler but neither was the Trane bid.
Thanks for all the help. I'm out of the Rheem builder's model game. I'm going to do a bit more research and find some other models and brands that look good to me and then re-post. You guys are awesome.
I'm a bang-for-the buck kind of guy. It's not necessarily that I'm adverse to the idea of getting something made outside of the US, but right now Florida Power & Light is giving a $780 rebate (am I allowed to say that?) on 16 SEER units, which would make some of the more cost prohibitive models on par with some of the entry level models in terms of pricing. If I can get one of the premium models for a few hundred more than a builder's model, it makes sense to go for it... right? I hear "builder's model" and I think something that is cheaply made.
I've started to look at American Standard since they're the same company as Trane but you don't seem to pay as much for the name. Tomorrow I'm going to be getting some prices on two models, the Platinum and Gold series compressors.
I'm looking at the 4A7A5049E Gold XI compressor or the 4A7A6048E Platinum XM compressor. The question is whether or not it's worth it to fork over the extra $$ for the two-stage compressor or the variable speed handlers. Any thoughts? What would you recommend for a solid, efficient, durable AC compressor/handler for South FL?