I need to install a new AC unit in my home... it's approximately 2500 sq ft in Western NY. Last December, my furnace died and I had it replaced with a Trane XV95. Love it...works perfectly. The installing company did a fantastic job.
I called them first for a quote on a system and I expected to get a Trane hard-sell (I thought they were a Trane-only shop), but I was surprised when they pitched Amana 14 SEER units much harder than the Trane units (which they also sell).
I have three questions:
1) Already having the Trane furnace, is there any advantage to installing Trane cooling equipment as well?
2) What are the pros/cons of Trane vs. Amana? The Amana compressors come with a lifetime warranty (no plans on moving) and the parts/labor warranty appears to be a bit better than Trane.
3) Are Trane's model numbers equivalent to SEER ratings (i.e. is XR15 = a 15 SEER unit), or do they generally perform at higher levels?
The bottom line is that an Amana 16 SEER unit would cost me substantially less than a Trane XR15 or similar. About 25% less actually. Does this seem normal? Could I expect the same reliability from both units?
Any response is welcome. Thanks for your time.