I am totally frustrated. Our seven year old Tempstar Heat Pump finally died, after many problems and service visits.
I am trying to figure out what to have installed. I have called three local contractors and they all tell me something else. The original installer, only installs Tempstar. The company that did all the service repairs only sells Carrier and suggested a "contractors model". They were the only ones who did a load survey, and suggested that we also add an extra air intake. The second contractor is on the other side of the state. He called me, when I posted this same question on " ask the experts.com". I find it strange that a contractor would drive 250 miles for a job. He suggested either a Goodman or Rheem, but did not specify model or seer rating. He also said from my info. that we would need to add an extra intake. ( the house was built in 1973 and all ductwork is original ) They all said the same thing. That when they built this house " they put in the AC the same way they did it UP NORTH!, and this is wrong for our hot humid Florida climate".
Ok now comes the brand names for the contractors called. Goodman/Rheem 2.5 ton from the guy across the state. One local contractor suggested York and was the only guy who mentioned SEER ratings. The third contractor sells Trane. So far no estimates, just suggestions and no model numbers.
Last but not least. They all are trying to quote me the CHEAPEST which obviously down here in the deep south, is all important to people. Yes I want the best for the buck, but I also want something that actually works, and does not require constant service visits.