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    Need help in deciding between Trane and Rheem...

    I have to make a decision between Rheem and Trane within the next day or so and I'd appreciate any feedback.

    I have a townhouse built in 1988 that still has the original Rheem furnace and A/C (2 ton I think). This is now a rental unit, so due to conversion expense, I'm stuck with an 80% unit. I've had 4 estimates (including NJ PSE&G) and no one has done a load calc... all say I don't need it. Closest thing that was done is 2 contractors took measurements of the downstairs (said they didn't need to go upstairs). I don't have time for more estimates, so I've decided based on who I think is the best contractor (A+ BBB). These numbers included all costs, including permits (Trane is approx $60 more then Rheem)...

    TRANE
    XL80 2-Stage (TUD2B060A9362A)
    XB13 2.5 ton Condenser (4TTB3030E1000A)
    XB series Coil (4FXCB036AC3CAA)

    Rheem

    3 ton 13 Seer Cased Coil (RCFL-HM3617CC)
    2.5 ton Value Series 13 Seer Condensing Unit (13AJA30A01)
    RGPQ 2-Stage (75,000 BTU)

    Note: Furnaces are not variable speed... the extra cost is not justified in a rental unit.

    Thanks

    Tom

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    both are the same 10 years (5 if not registered in 90 days) and life time on the heat exchanger. 1 year labor from the Contractor.

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    Bump up one notch from the value series condensing unit. Rheem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timber View Post
    Bump up one notch from the value series condensing unit. Rheem.
    Timber, would you be able to direct me to a specific unit?

    Thanks

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    Either would be fine ,as i am more familiar with Trane that would be my choice .i would add a 5 inch media filter being its a rental , that way the indoor unit will stay clean also would get the 10 year part and lobor warranty on yhe system

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    Either would be fine ,as i am more familiar with Trane that would be my choice .i would add a 5 inch media filter being its a rental , that way the indoor unit will stay clean also would get the 10 year part and labor warranty on the system

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmanacman View Post
    Either would be fine ,as i am more familiar with Trane that would be my choice .i would add a 5 inch media filter being its a rental , that way the indoor unit will stay clean also would get the 10 year part and labor warranty on the system
    You're stuttering again.

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    Rheem A/C is a "dry" unit meant to be filled with R22. Did you mean 13AJN low end 410 unit?

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    Ask for a quote on a Rheem RANL condenser

    Furnace quoted is an 80% 2 stage w/ PSC motor. I have rentals & I wouldn't waste my money on 2 stage anything in a rental. I'd go with the RGPN furnace.
    That would be a good dependable system.
    Make sure filters get changed. Upgrade to better filter wouldn't be a bad idea. I'd at least use a filter base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomDx View Post
    Timber, would you be able to direct me to a specific unit?

    Thanks
    Any of the classic series

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaldLoonie View Post
    Rheem A/C is a "dry" unit meant to be filled with R22. Did you mean 13AJN low end 410 unit?
    The 13AJA is what is written in the quote... I have to speak to the Contractor tomorrow... I assume it is just typo.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by precision hvac View Post
    Ask for a quote on a Rheem RANL condenser

    Furnace quoted is an 80% 2 stage w/ PSC motor. I have rentals & I wouldn't waste my money on 2 stage anything in a rental. I'd go with the RGPN furnace.
    That would be a good dependable system.
    Make sure filters get changed. Upgrade to better filter wouldn't be a bad idea. I'd at least use a filter base.
    The reason I'm considering the 2 stage is because the upstairs gets considerably hotter than the downstairs, and I thought it might help. Am I misinformed?

    Thanks

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