We are looking to replace our 22 year old York split system that has served us nearly flawlessly. As a result, we have been taking quotes on the York Affinity line. 13 SEER on the AC side and 80% AFUE on the gas furnace. We live in southeastern Virginia. We also took a quote from a contractor for a system with Rheem components. Those components being, on the heating side the Rheem Classic Series Super Quiet 80 and the Classic RAND series on the AC side.
The heating system offered by Rheem is supposedly tested as being the quietest in the industry which is important to us, uses direct spark ignition, and in-shot burners. However, it is only a single-stage system. The York heating side is from their Affinity line (what's really in a name), is rated at an additional 5,000 BTU and is a two-stage system. Both systems come with a 20-year warranty on the heat exchanger. I have been told that the elderly might have a problem feeling warm enough when going from a lifetime of enjoying a one-stage system to a two-stage system. On the AC side, the Rheem contractor is proposing the Rheem Classic line with the Scroll compressor while the York contractors are offering their Affinity line.
The pricing (total parts and labor) has been about the same for all quotes. Any thoughts or feedback on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.