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    Most and Least reliable brands for AC

    Hi,

    I'm looking at getting central AC split system. I have a Trane furnace unit now, but I'm curious which brands are the most reliable.

    Consumer reports came out and said that Rheem, Ruud, Trane, AS, Bryand, Lennox, Carrier, Amana, York, Goodman, Heil are the brands in order of least repairs to most repairs.

    I was thinking about a Goodman Unit, but now that I see it is at the bottom of the list, not sure what to think. The whole spread was only 6% difference between worst to best, so maybe it doesn't matter so much.

    Do people generally agree that Rheem, Ruud, and Trane are the best?


    Are any of these brands the same actual design/components (for AC units)? Who makes what these days?

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    Rut oh. Let the insults begin.

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    A crappy install will cause problems withany brand.

    Pick the best company. And what ever brand they use will be the best.
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    Roger, where'd you get that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dangling wrangler View Post
    Roger, where'd you get that?
    HOME page It has alot of good info in it. Several people on this site have posted links to it before in other posts. Looks like a contractors website. He sounds like a smart cookie.
    Eat a slice of Humble Pie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerk View Post
    HOME page It has alot of good info in it. Several people on this site have posted links to it before in other posts. Looks like a contractors website. He sounds like a smart cookie.
    That's an old one. Looks like from '04. Before I signed on.

    26,000 members back then. Isn't it close to 100,000 now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dangling wrangler View Post
    That's an old one. Looks like from '04. Before I signed on.

    26,000 members back then. Isn't it close to 100,000 now?
    I dont know how to check on the # of members. I wonder how many of the new members are HO's trying to fix their own AC's with the down economy? Dont see too many new faces in the technical dept which is where I usually hang out. I been there 3 years still trying to figure out how to fix my own AC. I think I have it narrowed down to a loose bearing in the dermaflatchy bypass overload shaft housing. The 3 years I have spent online trying to fix it myself has been time well spent!!
    Eat a slice of Humble Pie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerk View Post
    I dont know how to check on the # of members. I wonder how many of the new members are HO's trying to fix their own AC's with the down economy? Dont see too many new faces in the technical dept which is where I usually hang out. I been there 3 years still trying to figure out how to fix my own AC.
    I just looked at the bottom of the home page. Actually, it's a little over 100,000. I noticed Robo was on board back then.

    Beenthere, you around then too? 04', musta been.

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    If you go to the Forums home page. Look near the bottom. It will tell you the total number of members.

    Currently, 100,348 members.
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    DIYers that might have been grandfathered to pro membership.
    Won't last long if they post.
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    I guess I shouldn't post anymore then huh?
    Karst means cave. So, I search for caves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karsthuntr View Post
    I guess I shouldn't post anymore then huh?
    LOL...

    Tradesman that DIY at their house is just a tad different.
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