Our HVAC service tech has checked it out and it seems that the compressor is bailing on us...He installed a "hard start kit" which is helping at this point, but it is recommended that we replace outside unit...
Researched HVAC as I didn't know much before this happened, but tended to gravitate to replacing with a Carrier...After a few inquiries and chats with friends in the HVAC industry, I am at a loss as to what would be in our best interest. Getting lots of good info, but it seems that it depends on who you talk to each person suggests a different brand.
It seems that most suggest that we replace both inside and outside units, but since we are currently at 3 ton unit, 13 SEER for a 1800 sq ft ranch, not sure of the benefits of replacing both unless we stepped up on SEER for efficiency. We currently have a variable speed air handler also, so apparently when this unit was installed 11 years ago it was the Cadillac...
Looking for advice as to whether we should move up to 16 SEER and upgrade inside air handler or just replace outside unit with another 3 ton, 13 SEER carrier unit?
Our usual HVAC guy is partial to Amana and I am just not so sure about that...I think I would like to go with TODAY'S equivalent of what I have...Any suggestions?
One quote we received was to only replace the Outdoor Unit - Carrier 13 SEER Comfort Series 3 ton 4WA Heat Pump - MH25HBC336W003
OR Replace and Upgrade Outdoor Unit and Indoor Air Handler - Carrier MH26HBC536A003 16 SEER HP, Carrier variable speed air handler, carrier electric Heat Package, Water Safety Switches (2), New Condenser Pad, Honeywell Vision Pro 8000, New Indoor and Outdoor disconnects
When I looked into the above Model numbers, they seem to be the bottom or base models that Carrier has...Is that true?
Not sure as to whether we should consider a Gibson, Amana or Bryant top model versus a lower end Carrier model???