With a recent warm day we had lately (D/FW area) we found out that our 10 year old compressor's (Zephyr) fan had quit working. I also have a leak somewhere in the system that forces me to get a recharge 1-2 times a year. This is just the latest problem with the compressor, and I decided to see what it would take to replace it. I ended up getting a few quotes on systems and wondered what would be the best way to go (I'm leaving prices out, but I'll give approx percentages of each one for comparison). My current system is a 2.5 ton, 10 SEER system, with a RUUD inside unit.
Option 1: Trane XR13 system 3 ton/13 SEER (no heat pump) 10 yr warranty who has a great reputation. We will say this is the 100% system for comparison.
Option 2: Lennox 13XPY030 2.5 Ton/13 SEER (w/ heat pump) 5 yr warranty, at around 85% of the Trane cost.
Option 3: AirFlow 2hp13BOP (I think) 2.5 Ton/13 SEER (w/heat pump) 1 yr parts/5 yr compressor warranty at 66% of the Trane cost.
I was trying to figure out what would be the best way to go. I will probably be in this house for another 5 years or so, and someone told me that Trane was the only system that I would be able to really use as a selling point when it came time to sell, and that might actually be something that adds to my value when I sell in 5 years.
I was also trying to figure out what the new system would provide on savings each year. During the summer and winter months, my utility bill runs around $250-300. The trane guy said I could see up to 20% improvement on my bills.