I'm new here and have been reading through the forums over that past few days. There's so much information and opinions but yet I still find myself lost. So I figured maybe I'd post something and see if anyone could help me.
I live in Central NY in a 2000 sq foot 2-story house. I been looking into getting central air. My house is fairly new at 4 years old. I currently have a Rheem furnace. In process of finding a good contractor and getting estimates I found out there is aleak in my furnace in that exhaust trap or something like that. Most places that came to give me an estimate told me they will fix the leak for no charge (some will just charge me for the part but not the labor involved to fix the leak). We haven't "needed" central air and up until decided to get it since looking forward if we go to sell our house, most buyer may ask about central air...figuring it's better to have from a seller's standpoint...might as well get it and enjoy it now rather than installing it to sell if that makes any sense.
Anywho, amongst all that, we have receive several quotes one different units. Being torn between going with an R-22 unit versus a R410a unit we are lost not.
We've been quoted a 3 ton unit...for r-22 models
Rheem RAND 13 seer
Armstrong 13 seer
For R410a models:
Armstrong 13 seer
Payne 13 seer
Amongst these I'm leaning towards the Trane XR13, Carrier Comfort (R410a..if the price can be negotiated down), Rheem RANL...should I be considering Payne as well. I read about how there is a shorter warranty on this and yes I get the whole you get what you pay for thing. I keep going back and forth between the whole R-22 versus R410a and my head is spinning. I just don't know what the better choice would be...and as for brand names I have no clue. If it weren't for the leak in the furnace I might just give up and not bother getting the a/c but since they will fix it if we do the whole thing might as well go for it.
Sorry this is so long but I really do appreciate any help any one can provide in this decision.