Please help due to my lack in experience buying HVAC systems. I am a first time homeowner and never had to deal with this before.
First of all I must say I own a home built in late 2001 (1200 sq. ft.). The Trane system installed (XE 1100 2-ton) has had the compressor and reversing valve replaced. Now the check valve is bad and I am shopping a new system. Also, two of the people I received quotes from mentioned the 5/16" refrigerant line is undersized for the 2-ton unit.
System "A" - Amana ASZ14 (cheapest quote)
System "B" - Kenmore 15 SEER (quoted by Sears) Price = 2X Amana
System "C" - Trane XL15i Price = over 2X Amana
System "D" - A local Carrier dealer came by to get info and never sent quote. I live in a small town and they are the only local Carrier dealer.
It seems most of the systems are comparable in SEER and HSPF, but pricing is all over the board. Most of the time I say "you get what you pay for", but I have read it has a lot to do with the installation. The only reviews I find online are the bad reviews (of course) so if any one has had good experiences with these units I would love to hear them. Trane product currently installed went out after 7 years in service so paying over 2X the Amana does not seem logical. Since I live in a small town, going with a company like Sears makes me feel better due to the economy at this time. Who knows if the company installing the Amana will be around to maintain the unit if something goes wrong?
As you can see I am in limbo about what to choose and have not had AC for 2 weeks. I live in South Carolina and need to get this going. PLEASE help with professional opinions or recent experiences on these products.