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    Confused Trane VS Carrier Info requested please

    I am trying to compare the Trane XL 15 to the Carrier Brand Infinity Model 25HNB6. 1300 sf home SE Tenn. Opinions?
    I currently have a worn out 2 ton Payne unit...
    Can you tell me major differences or benefits? I am leaning towards the Carrier but just not sure so seek advice and opinions.
    Thanks

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    I believe these are HPs.

    I assume you are looking at two ton replacement units.

    Without knowing the air handler to get the AHRI matching performance/efficiency numbers, there are two major differences that come to mind.

    1. The Carrier is a two stage condenser, the Trane is a single stage.

    2. Trane has electronic demand defrost, Carrier has the less effective timed defrost.

    I prefer the Trane mainly because demand defrost eliminates/reduces unnecessary, nuisance, and expensive defrost calls.

    IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwoodby View Post
    I am trying to compare the Trane XL 15 to the Carrier Brand Infinity Model 25HNB6. 1300 sf home SE Tenn. Opinions?
    I currently have a worn out 2 ton Payne unit...
    Can you tell me major differences or benefits? I am leaning towards the Carrier but just not sure so seek advice and opinions.
    Thanks
    Either work well, I would choose the Trane. Spend your energy researching the companies that are offering the product you will find more controversial information on the dealer as to the product.

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    I appreciate your input...any others have an opinion?

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    What kind of information are you looking for?

    Carrier makes a fine product. You don't provide the air handler model numbers for either condenser. I just like the Trane better with EDD feature especially for your location.

    Here is my HP checklist.

    Obviously correct sizing is important. If you are unsure, then request a load calculation or even perform it yourself for a nominal fee online.

    there are three equally important components-quality HVAC, the install by dealer, and probably the most overlooked and disregarded is the ductwork system.

    these are my minimum specs for a new HP system. both outside and inside units should be replaced to have a properly matched system.

    15 SEER, 12.5+ EER, 9 HSPF
    best matching VS air handler
    full BTUs in both cooling and heating for your rated size
    R-410a refrigerant(same as Puron)
    scroll compressor preferred
    electronic demand defrost preferred
    thermostat with "dehumidify on demand" feature
    staged backup heat strips
    new and correctly sized refrigerant line set

    you want a thorough inspection of your ductwork system. size, overall condition, supply and return lines, insulation qualities, leak test, etc.

    any hot/cold spot issues in your home should be addressed.

    I would look at Trane/AmStd,Rheem/Rudd,Carrier/Bryant.

    Depending on your location, I would not purchase a new HP system that did not have electronic demand defrost.

    IMO

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    An A/C unit is not like going to the local big box stores and buying a new fridge and taking it home and plugging it in and that's it. It's more about who is installing it and is going to be there for you to service it after the sale. You can have a bottom of the line system and have a perfect install or a top of the line system and have it installed crappy and the bottom of the line system will out perform the top of the line system every time. But if everything was the same I would put a trane over the carrier any day. And do purchase the extended warranty for parts and labor. It's really "cheap" and you will thank me later. But do look really hard into who will be installing this new system for you and what kind of thermostat will be installed with it I can't stress this enough! A little extra cash for a quality contractor is priceless.

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