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    Carrier, Trane, Rheem, RUUD, Lennox: no one sells the same units: advice appreciated

    I live in a flat roof row-house in DC and need to replace the package unit on my roof that heats only the 2nd floor (approx 800 sq'); my current system has a cracked hear exchanger. We've been visited by nationals and local independents but no one has recommended the same machines. What direction would you recommend:

    RUUD RRRL-C-024 (16 SEER residential, limited Lifetime HE)
    Lennox 15GCSX-024 (15 SEER res, 20 yr HE)
    Rheem RRPL (14 SEER)
    Rheem RQPM (14 SEER)
    Trane 4VCC3024BIO64A
    Trane XL14C (14 SEER, 20ys HE)
    Goodman GPG (15 SEER, 20 yr HE)
    Kenmore (14 SEER)
    Carrier (14 SEER)

    We are leaning towards the Trane XL14C (14 SEER, 20ys HE), simply understanding the value of a long warranty on a heat exchange and a stainless steel HE. Any other thoughts on any of these machines would be greatly appreciated. -O.

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    Amana would be a higher end goodman with stainless hx and lifetime warranty on hx.

    More important than the brand you choose is ductwork air flow and properly matching the new units size closer to duct limitations. I'm assuming its somewhat inaccessible. Looks like you already may have the smallest sizes quoted.

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    Brand doesn't matter. All manufacturers make a quality product. You need to concentrate on finding the proper installing company as well as SEER/AFUE ratings.

    A good company will perform a manual J load calc. to determine the exact size systems you need. They should also inspect all ductwork and suggest needed modification. Any company that doesn't perform these MUST DO procedures when quoting is not the company you want installing your system.

    Remember, a botched cheap install will cost more in utility and repairs bills than a more expensive properly installed system

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    The RRRL has a stainless HX, 2 stage heat, 2 stage cool, Copeland's Comfort Alert module, dehumidify on demand.

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    Thanks all thus far! They are all using the existing ductwork. Truthfully, I would mostly likely just cry about the cost if I had to also pay for ductwork (I am already pushing 10 for almost all quotes). I believe I am using reputable companies between the nationals and Angie's list. -O.

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    Did anyone offer a reasonable explanation for the cracked heat exchanger?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ofrancois View Post
    Thanks all thus far! They are all using the existing ductwork. Truthfully, I would mostly likely just cry about the cost if I had to also pay for ductwork (I am already pushing 10 for almost all quotes). I believe I am using reputable companies between the nationals and Angie's list. -O.
    Beware! National companies are responsible for some of the worst craftsmanship I've seen.

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    Comfortdoc- No, they did not off any reasoning, except that it is a Goodman and it was installed by a rehab/flipper when I purchased the house in 2002. It even gets a bit ugly. This machine had been serviced for most of the years I have had the house. The heat when out last year, I called my home warranty company (who is now out of business) and their technician said it was the thermostat after spending a great bit of time on the roof. Called the company that came out last year (thermostat folks) and they refused to come back to even look at the machine, saying all they did was change the thermostat. I have since paid two companies to confirm the death of the machine. It cooled wonderfully this past summer tho. Heat is dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBKold View Post
    Amana would be a higher end goodman with stainless hx and lifetime warranty on hx.

    More important than the brand you choose is ductwork air flow and properly matching the new units size closer to duct limitations. I'm assuming its somewhat inaccessible. Looks like you already may have the smallest sizes quoted.
    totally agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by comfortdoc View Post
    Did anyone offer a reasonable explanation for the cracked heat exchanger?
    totally agee, could it be undersized duct? sure it could

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    Quote Originally Posted by comfortdoc View Post
    Did anyone offer a reasonable explanation for the cracked heat exchanger?
    totally agee, could it be undersized duct? sure it could

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Ridley View Post
    Brand doesn't matter. All manufacturers make a quality product. You need to concentrate on finding the proper installing company as well as SEER/AFUE ratings.

    A good company will perform a manual J load calc. to determine the exact size systems you need. They should also inspect all ductwork and suggest needed modification. Any company that doesn't perform these MUST DO procedures when quoting is not the company you want installing your system.

    Remember, a botched cheap install will cost more in utility and repairs bills than a more expensive properly installed system
    also very true.....

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    it is my opinion that all the above should be done. this is ALL VERY GOOD ADVISE to you...

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