Hi everyone, thank you in advance for any help. I've never had problems with our a/c and we now find ourselves having to replace the whole system in our 1300 sq foot house (old system is a 15 year old Trane, 2.5 ton split system with an air handler in the attic and heat pump/condesor outside). As was best explained to me the valve that switches over from heat to ac has gone hay wire and is causing our transformer in the attic to blow. Because of the age of the unit we were told it was best to have the whole system replaced.
By a stroke of goodluck we have a neighbor that bought a brand new Goodman 2.5 ton heat pump/condensor and Goodman ARUF Series Model ARUF303016 Multi-Position Air Handler that ended up being the wrong size for his home and we got a good deal on it so we bought it from him (they're both still sealed in package). My questions are two fold:
1) first the old system was installed so that the air handler was in the attic, we've been told we might want to move it to our crawl space. What would be the advantage to this? I'm afraid our crawl space is not the best space since our home is at the bottom of a hill and the crawl space is in no way sealed or cleaned out.
2) since we have the entire system that needs to be replaced what should I be looking at as far installation/labor costs? We've been quoted four times any where from a couple of hundred to over a thousand dollars... i'm under the impression we already have the big ticket item so we shouldn't be paying too much for installation. Unfortunately our neighbors have all had different companies come out and all have had bad experiences with their technicians so we can't get references there...