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    Condenser Unit - One Stage or Two?

    I do hate to keep asking questions, but I was thrown a curve.

    A little background. I had 3 contractors gave me a quote to replace my AC and furnace. After the load calculations two of the three suggested a 2.5 ton AC unit. These were one stage units.

    After some research I have decided I would rather have a two stage. I contacted the contractor and told him of my change from a one stage to a two stage. He got back with me on a new price and I noticed he went from a 2.5 ton to a 3 ton.

    When I asked him why, he said they do not have 1/2 tons (It is a Bryant 127A), everything steps up by a full ton.

    Like I mentioned, 2 of the 3 contractors suggested a 2.5 ton and the other contractor suggested a 2 ton. I currently have a 3 ton.

    So here is my question. Should I go up to a 3 ton, or drop back to a 2 ton?

    Thanks alot for your help!

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    Moore, Oklahoma, United States
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    I'd do a 2ton single stage. Use the difference in price to insulate\air seal\fix ductwork. You will have lower enery bills and better comfort for about the same upfront cost.

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