I have some bids in for two new A/C systems. The first system is a 2.5-3 tons and is for our house. The second system is for a (2 bedroom + bath) detached apartment at 1.5-2 tons. Apartment isn't used much.
The first bid is from a Carrier dealer
House: Carrier Infinity 16 25HNB636 / FE4ANF002 (or a Performance 15 system that's quite a bit less)
Apartment: Carrier Comfort 13 25HBC18 / FX4DNF19
The second bid is from a Trane dealer:
House: Trane 2.5 ton XB14 (4TWB4030G1) + 2009 model (sold new) American Standard airhandler (4TEE3D01B1)
Apartment: Trane 2.0 ton XB14 (4TWB4024G1) + same AS handler as above
Note: AS handlers have a built in "Whole House Air Cleaner" filter built in.
The Carrier systems' bid is cheaper than the Trane contractor's bid (and significantly cheaper than Trane deal if Carrier Performance 15 instead of Infinity 16). I think both the Carrier and Trane dealers are fairly reputable and can both be trusted to do a quality job of installation. After sale service I think just slightly favors the Trane dealer.
If I were to guess I would think the Apartment models seem to be about equal (at least in Carrier's and Trane's own ranking of their systems). It's the Carrier Infinity 16 versus Trane XB14 system that has me somewhat confused. One seems to be a clear winner, however, the American Standard air handlers may be an upgrade not typically paired with an XB14.
Is either of these a clear-cut winner or loser? I have a feeling there is but the problem is my heart and my brain are thinking two very different things.
CoolNIt in South Florida