I am new to this site and believe that I already know the answer to my question but I am going to ask it anyway. First a little background on what I currently have. My AC unit is a 1980's Carrier that has not worked right since we bought our house. It was charged last Sept and took another 2 lbs in June then was diagnosed with a bad compressor. I believe it is a 2.5 ton unit that when it is not freezing up or blowing the fuse seems to cool fine until it gets into the 90 degree and above range. The unit seldom stops running even at night when the temps drop. Thermostat is set at 76-78 most of the time. The furnace is a 1960's model Lennox that works great still but is very inefficient. When my wife told me that we were paying almost 700.00 for our gas bill over the winter I decided it was time to replace both units.
This is where the question comes in. I have received quotes from a few contractors all of who did a thorough measurement of my house and current system. They have quoted Trane, Goodman, York and even one contractor told me whatever brand I wanted they could get. I am considering the Goodman or the York as far as pricing but the York is a single stage unit and the Goodman a 2 stage both are 3 ton for the AC and 100,000 BTU furnaces at 95%. I was leaning towards the York because I have heard nothing but negatives on the Goodman until I started reading these forums so I am confused again. If the Goodman has come a long way then I think the logical choice is the Goodman. What are your thoughts or recommendations?