Can you guys direct me to a site such as consumer reports with comparison charts for reliability and longivity for heat pump equipment? Consumer reports does not rate Heat Pumps as far as I can find. I have an almost 18 year old Trane heat pump that I am currently getting quotes to replace. I can't seem to find any site that compares the various manufacturer's so that I can have an idea about the service life and reliability experience of others.
The units I've been quoted on are:
American Standard 4A6H4024B1
Amana 2 ton 14 SEER (no model number cited)
Trane (3 options, XR13-24-HP. XR13VR-24-HP, XL15i-24-HP
And I have one more contractor coming today.
I liked the Trane contractor, I didn't meet the American Standard guy and the Amana guy seemed to want to sell me too many other things as well.
I forgot to say that this unit is on a 1300 sf house in upstate South Carolina. I have two large rooms with cathedral ceilings and two skylights that face south in one of the rooms. In the hottest part of the summer, when it is 100+ F outside, my existing unit cannot lower the room temperature below about 82 or so regardless of where the thermostat is set. I usually have it set for 78 F in the summer and 67 -68 in the winter. I'm planning on selling the house in the next year or so and want to buy a unit that will function well for whomever buys the house but I don't want to over pay either.