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    Need help deciding HVAC unit and proper pricing

    Well, my current HVAC air conditioning unit (goodman) gave out and I need a new HVAC (I know nothing about HVACs).

    Two technicians gave me estimates. Both of them said that the Goodman brand sucked and recommended Carrier units instead.
    Both recommended the Carrier Comfort series BUT did not say which "model". Both gave an estimate of $xxxx.

    I have a couple of questions:
    1) Is Carrier the best?
    2) How does the comfort series compare to the carrier infinity series? I want the highest energy efficiency and maybe even lower my electric bill.
    3) What are the price ranges for the Comfort series (they have 3 models) and the Infinity series (they have 2 models)?
    Last edited by BaldLoonie; 07-22-2008 at 08:01 PM. Reason: removed price

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    First off, pricing here is not allowed. Second, brand is not important. The company that's doing the work is. If you purchased your car like you're purchasing your AC system, here's how it would work. You'd go to the YP and call a few mechanics. The ones you select would advertise various brands of autos. Simple, eh? Not so quick. Now when you've decided which brand you want, you invite the mechanic to your home so you can decide on a model and accessories. The mechanic shows up and has lots and lots of books. Each of the books has all the different parts needed to BUILD a car. That's right, there's no factory building your car, the mechanic has to do it. So now, which is more important? The brand of the car or the mechanic who's going to build it for you? That's what selecting AC equipment is all about. The manufacturer builds the box but a mechanic has to build the system. Get the wrong mechanic and it doesn't matter what the brand on the box is.

    If you want the highest efficiency of the United Technology group, you need either the Carrier Infinity Series or the Bryant Evolution Series. Identical equipment in all respects. But I'll bet the mechanics installing them aren't.
    If YOU want change, YOU have to first change.

    If you are waiting for the 'other guy' to change first, just remember, you're the 'other guy's' other guy. To continue to expect real change when you keep acting the same way as always, is folly. Won't happen. Real change will only happen when a majority of the people change the way they vote!

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    Very well said and very true.

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    I'd put a Goodman in my home in a NY Minute

    Quote Originally Posted by homerdough86 View Post
    Well, my current HVAC air conditioning unit (goodman) gave out and I need a new HVAC (I know nothing about HVACs).

    Two technicians gave me estimates. Both of them said that the Goodman brand sucked and recommended Carrier units instead.
    Both recommended the Carrier Comfort series BUT did not say which "model". Both gave an estimate of $xxxx.

    I have a couple of questions:
    1) Is Carrier the best?
    2) How does the comfort series compare to the carrier infinity series? I want the highest energy efficiency and maybe even lower my electric bill.
    3) What are the price ranges for the Comfort series (they have 3 models) and the Infinity series (they have 2 models)?

    Goodmans, from what I've gathered, have improved quality like crazy. That's why Amana is in my top 5 for new HP

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    The Infinity is a great system,use the search function on this site to see what other homeonwers think og theirs!

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    If not the Infinity, then Carrier's Comfort or Performance series units with a variable-speed indoor units and a thermostat that can control the blower to dehumidify would be a good alternative (you are not limited to Carrier products to achieve this). If you are keeping the furnace and not going v/s, go with the Comfort series.

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    in my humble opinion, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a Texas built Goodman. they build a descent product and put a 10 year parts warranty on it. I've put hundreds of them in and they do the job. If you want to buy a brand name then go with someone else.

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    1: no
    2: with any manufacturer the more you spend the more efficiency you get.
    3: pricing not allowed

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