Mr. Bill is from Houston, we have others. Look for classical, JasonHoustonTX. My boss is friends with Dr. Cool and they are honest people.
We have dealers that will tell people their compressor is shot when a simple capacitor change was all they need. Crooks are everywhere.
So back to my questions...what brands? And other things to look for in a good company?
Originally Posted by Mr Bill
Well, I have dealer sales price lists where they were selling condensers all the way up to 14-SEER by around 1998 or before.
I live in the Houston, TX area...The compressor went out....1900 sq ft...not sure what the SEER rating is on this one but will be looking at a rating of 13 or 14.
So your old one could be a 14-SEER...
I would get a second opinion from one of the Houstoinians that hangs out here
Great video Udarrell! The only problem I have with it is that it makes no mention to the fact that many homes have HVAC equipment that are oversized and more than the current duct system can handle, and that air sealing the duct can make this problem worse. On the one hand, they say leaky ductwork can cause a 30% to 50% loss in efficiency, but they fail to mention that by air sealing the ducts (& the home) they can then replace their equipment with smaller sized equipment that would be better sized to match the existing ductwork. Some existing equipment is only functioning BECAUSE they have leaky ductwork. Sealing the ductwork will increase the static pressure, and that will cause problems in duct systems with oversized equipment.
An answer without a question is meaningless.
Information without understanding is useless.
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Right On Tips...
Originally Posted by tipsrfine
It is impossible to find a video that would cover all aspects the way we would cover them; but hopefully it might help folks get closer to what needs doing..,.
OP get a second opinion.
as to brands
and on and on.
keep in mind that major brands have a lower
priced line also. for instance Trane/American Standard.
IF you need to replace ask for bids of both brands.
also ask for good better best bids.
good would minimum efficiency 13 SEER
better would be 15-17 SEER
and best (not always best but higher efficiency) 18-20 SEER.
I find the best affordable dehumidification & efficiency to be 15-17 SEER.
below that higher operating costs, above that longer payback with
ductwork should always be evaluated and mastic sealed.
load calc so that they don't put 400 sq ft per ton unit that
will short cycle, not remove humidity and cost you more every
month in utility costs.
nice link udarrel.
best of luck.
The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole. ~Plato