I am glad i found this forum. I live in south central Virginia, and recently our Bard Heat Pump, installed 1986 expired. I am pricing different brands of HP's for a 1400 sf home , the existing unit was a 3 ton unit.
So far I have had quotes from a Heil distributor for a Seer 14 and 17 unit , two stage compressor , and Sears quoted me the Carrier Infinity SEER 16 model today.
I am waiting on a quote for a distributor/contractor on a GMC unit, this particular contractor was the only one to measure my existing duct work, and told me my existing ductwork wasnt adequate enough,and took the time to explain much of the mechanics about "SEER" and the maintenance required on the higher end units. He is going to quote me a SEER 16 also.
None of the other contractors that quoted me suggested any ductwork changes, Sears quote was by far the highest, I didn't like their policy of signing the date of visit in order to receive a 10% discount, and didn't go with them, because I wanted the 3 quotes in hand before I committed myself. High pressure sales is what I thought when the salesman told me that.
The Heil dealer offers financing, and the GMC also. Heils is based if you get a higher efficiency model, your interest rates are lower. Sears has 12 months interest free, but at a much higher cost so far.
I am wanting to go with a 3 ton / 16 SEER two stage unit, to qualify for the better financing and tax writeoffs. Do any of the forum readers have any advice I have overlooked? And will I really save lots on my electric bill, compared to using that old Bard unit I had?
Thanks to all that may post replies,and I will try to answer any questions you may need to ask me.