First I would like to thank everyone on this site for sharing their knowledge with people like myself trying to make an informed decision on replacing my current a/c system. I would have to say for me anyways, there is way too much info to digest. It's almost information overload. But here is what I have for the pros to digest. I have a 15 year old 1600sf home in central Florida, vaulted ceilings and larger then average windows. The builder put in a Nordyne 2 1/2 ton heat pump system. The compressor is getting noisy and the coil inside is rusting. I want to replace it with a R410a heat pump and VS air handler. From what I have been reading on here I want to go middle of the road. Nothing too high tech, but an efficient unit. I have had 3 estimates. My personal a/c guy who I have used for years is an independent. Works for himself, very reputable and has been very good to me over the years. He is a Rheem dealer. The second is from Trane, I liked how professional that company was represented. And the third is Carrier, which I really didn't appreciate the high pressure sales. Well they all did the manual J calculations and they all have suggested moving up to a 3 ton unit. As far as pricing, the Rheem was ALOT cheaper. The Trane was what I had expected and the Carrier was a little more then the Trane. I would appreciate any input you guys have. Thanks in advance. Here is what they offered.
XL14 4TWX4036A HP