edit..I meant Is Trane that much "better"? Sorry for the bad grammar.
I am new here and getting ready to replace our 20+year heat pump unit and am currently receiving proposals. I live in Northern VA (suburb of DC). So far, I've received 2 quotes and waiting on a couple more. One is for a Trane system, the other Carrier. I won't get into specific pricing since that's not allowed but I am just curious as to why Trane's are so much more expensive?
I am replacing a 2.5 ton unit, not going to the super high end because of budget, but don't want bottom of the barrel as well since we plan to be in our house for a good 8 to 10 more years.
For the same SEER of 13, the Trane is over $ more than the Carrier. For the same price of a SEER 13 Trane, I can get a SEER 15 Carrier.
I know Trane is more expensive and has a good reputation. In fact, the Trane installer even prefaced the proposal with a "you know, Trane is going to be more expensive".
My question is...is Trane that much better? I've read different things here and there but I didn't gather (in my opinion) that Trane is THAT much better. Am I being too critical of Trane?
Thanks in advance.