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06-14-2012, 01:37 PM #1New Guest
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Split System Heat Pump Estimate issue
Our current 10 seer split system heat pump needs to be replaced. I have had a few HVAC places come out for estimates. So far, of the 3 that have come, 1 basically told me outright he wouldn't even give me an estimate on a 13 seer and the other 2 told me I shouldn't consider anything under a 14 but preferably 15 seer.
I have gotten estimates on Trane, Rheem, and Carrier from 14 - 16 seer. (I can give model #s if it matters)
I live in a 1900 sq. ft. 3 level townhouse with houses connected to me on both sides in eastern central PA. Our highest electric bill this year was $200 but most months is in the $100-$130 range and everything in our house is electric.
Are they right? Are 13 seers not really installed anymore? I was thinking of a 13 because my assumption is that it would take me a while to make up the difference in price, but maybe I am wrong (wouldn't be the first time!)
Thanks in advance!
06-14-2012, 01:50 PM #2Professional Member*
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You should be able to get quotes on both 13 and 14-15 SEER units. Sound like you're getting a "bums rush" from the salesmen. A good salesperson should be able to show you the "payback" between each efficiency based on your electricity costs. In our area, the most common is the simple 13 SEER because of long payback period but each area will be different. Either way it should be up to you!!!
06-14-2012, 01:56 PM #3“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” - Edna St. Vincent Millay
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06-14-2012, 08:33 PM #4
13 SEER is most certainly sold. You know your budget and whether you want to spend more on higher SEER. The dealer is probably thinking more of his commission check or profit pushing high SEER. If you are OK with your bills now, they will be 20-30% less with the new unit so spending oodles more for super SEER probably won't pay. And sorry, I think a wise shopper does look at ROI before spending the big bucks on high SEER.
We usually offer an air handler with variable speed capability as recommended option. This boosts SEER and HSPF of the equipment rather economically as well has has other comfort features to justify the price.
If you are in the middle with 2 common walls, you won't have that much of a heat gain or loss like 1900 sq ft single family home would.