Goodman vs. Mitsubishi Mini Split
So glad I found this very helpful forum.
I am going to air condition and heat my garage apartment, which is about 400 square feet with 8 foot ceilings. I was told that the mini split system would work best for this small space.
I've received several quotes for the Mitsubishi Mini Split Mr. Slim series M (link)
and a Goodman ms15 mini split (link)
I am not an HVAC professional and am somewhat confused. I see some basic differences, 13 SEER vs up to 15 SEER, a better Mitsubishi warranty and a wired vs. remote control thermostat.
I am not too familiar with the Goodman brand, but the Mitsibushi is about $ more than the Goodman. Is this worth the cost for the extra warranty? Is Goodman a well made product, or should I avoid it?
Thanks very much!
Last edited by beenthere; 06-30-2013 at 10:25 AM.
Reason: Price difference
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With a large investment like this spend the additional money for warranty and use a Diamond dealer to double the warranty to 2 years labor.
Originally Posted by Tampa Tom
Last edited by beenthere; 06-30-2013 at 10:25 AM.
Reason: Price difference in quote
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I'll also add that you should research the contractor who will do the install. The Registra of Contractors is a good place to start but the BBB doesn't always have much info on all contractors.
Make sure they are licensed and bonded, don't pay any money up front. A good contractor will be able to purchase the equipment from the supply house and will be billed for it usually 30 days later.
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I wouldn't use a Goodman, this is totally my opinion. Mitsubishi has a lot of r&d in their equipment and I have dealt with them for the last 10 years and haven't had any problems that weren't taken care of, Goodman on the other hand has only one time honored their implied warranty, all other times they weaseled out of all responsibility. if the contractor is reputable I would go with the Mitsubishi
Thanks for the responses! I've called 2 Mitsubishi Diamond Dealers in my area and will probably go with one of them.
I appreciate it!
I've put in Goodman, I've put in Mitsu. Mitsu gets my vote.
Goodman mini-splits will soon be a thing of the past since they were bought out by Daikin (says the local Goodman supply house).
Mitsubishi is the way to go
Holy cow! Just got my first quote from a Mitsubishi diamond dealer. Nearly $ more than the non diamond dealer.
My entire 3800 square foot central heat and air house install was only $...this little apartment is not quite half of that? Wall units are sounding pretty good after that quote!
Maybe the next guy will be better.
Last edited by beenthere; 06-30-2013 at 10:26 AM.
What you will typically find is that a diamond dealer will be a company that has more employees, more training, more experience, better negotiation power with vendors if an issue arises and will stand behind their work much better than anyone else. All of these factors are costs to the company and are figured into overheads of the cost. Ironically the small guy will probably make more on the job than a diamond dealer even though he is less expensive. If you had a crystal ball and knew what will happen in the future with the unit,,,,, it would be an easy decision to make. A friend of mine owns his own hvac company. He would be able to so the install for less than we could. In a honesty probably in the ballpark you quoted,,, however he will not return your call on football Sundays and he also goes out of town for 2 months a year. If the unit fails he will repair it when he returns... There are ways to cut costs in a job, it just depends if quality, warranty and peace of mind reduction is worth it.
When I had my Mitsubishi Hyper Heat 3 zone system put in my house the first price from one of the best HVAC contractors in the area was $. 5 estimates later I had gone as low as $ all but 1 were Diamond installers. I ended up going with a dealer that was $ and IMHO was the best for my job. I will say when we got down to 5 degrees last January the heat pumps kept putting out the heat, I have no back up because the units will work on heatpump down to -13 degrees and I have only seen 0 degrees 2 or 3 times in 40 years. My highest bill was under 90$ on a 1500 Sq Ft house. Ac this summer is even better. IMO there is no way Goodman will heat and cool as good or as cheap as Mitsubishi. You have to look at the whole picture. I spent 1 year researching Mini splits before I decided on buying.
Last edited by beenthere; 06-30-2013 at 10:24 AM.
in term of minisplits technology, no body beats the japanese. korean brand like LG or goldstar might be distance 2nd.
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I just installed 2 Fugitsu units. They are awesome! The bigger unit is a ASU15RSL2 and is 21 SEER the smaller was 25. All the Fugitsu units I have installed work great and they are a little less expensive that Mitsubishi. Just my 02