My heat pump went out over the weekend. I am in the Cleveland Ohio area. I am backup and running on emergancy heat right now but am now looking for a new unit. My house is all electric but I do have a gas hookup in my house. I would just need to get the meter put back on the house from the gas company. So I guess my first question is do i switch to as from electric?: My electric bills have been relativley low so I was thinking to stay electric but wanted to get the experts opinions.
Also i have been doing a lot of reading online trying to educate myself. I am a diy guy for most everything. I have had several people over to give me estimates. I got a quote on a Carrier performance and a Carrier Infinity for 2 different companies. They ended up being the same price. So i would go with the Infinity because that one is eligibale for the tax credit. I also got a quote for a trane and rheem for the same price as the Inifinity quote but them are both 13 seer systems. Of the three i would be more inclined to go with the Infinity since I would be getting more for my money and the installer is reconized my Carrier as one of their premier dealers. They said there are only 57 in the USA.
I had a independant contractor come over last night to give me a price. He said he would install any system i want. He would sell the equipment to me at his cost and charge me for the install. I would be help him as well. He is also telling me that going over a 13 seer is overkill and isnt work the extra money. He said that once you go above 13 seer that the price jumps to much and it takes too long to recover your money. He also said that all systems are basically the same and use the same internal parts. You are paying for the big names like Trane. He was talking about a luxaire unit.
At this point i am really confused and not sure what to do. I am not sure who to believe and who to trust. I already found out that one of the dealers lied to me about some things.
Can any of your experts help me out some? I am going to continue to read the posts in this forum. There seems to be a lot of good info here.