New System Advice: Dallas Trane XL15i / 16i
2,500 sqft house, ranch, high ceilings. No manual load has been done but I'm going to ask at least one of the companies to do so.
Current: 2 units / Goodman 10 Seer (1995) 3.0 ton and 2.5 ton. The 3.0 ton unit is not keeping up with cooling in mid-day TX heat (slips to 82 degrees). Home warranty contractor found the evap coil dirty but don't want to invest in replacing it in mismatched system.
Objective: Replace 3 ton unit now, 2.5 ton later. Obtain $1,500 credit if possible but don't want to oversize and cause issues. Considering 2-speed furnace for Comfort-R (dehumidification) benefit.
3.0 Ton System Seer 16.0 EER 13.0 ARI# 3328133
Furnace TUD100R9V5 (2 stage - from what sales guy said this helps a lot with humidity here in TX - is this true, it is $ more)
Coil/Evaporator: ADP TE47636D210B22
The 16i is currently $ more and seems to be hated on these forums, so I'm gathering there isn't a great reason to get it unless the system is better matched for the $1,500 tax credit...
In either case, I will get
first year free maintenance plan (2x/yr)
6 months same as cash
heat load / heat loss calculation
perform air flow analysis to determine duct sizing
perform residential load calc manula j if necessary
install new concrete pads for condensing unit if necessary
new electrical cable to code
install elecctrical disconnect
re-insulate suction and liquid lines to chase
install new flue pipe and adapter
remove and dispose of old unit
new gas flex line / black pipe
level concrete pad
charge system using super heat method
Trane extended warranty new equipment parts and labor for 10 years
Install programmable thermostat (they say honeywell but not model)
install ceiling saver drain pan for attic installation
Install Honeywell F-100 air cleaner
Install new access doors in transitions for easy cleaning of evap coil
Check duct to assure no air leaks
Use aluminum tape to seal joint and mastic
Member ACCA BBB Trane Comfort Specialist
all air box plenums transitions are insulated sheet metal not duct board
quality audit post insulation
safety float switches
Install Plenum (old unit missing penum)
1. Is the ADP coil OK with Trane (and will Trane cover it with their 10 yr parts and labor warranty?
2. Is there any reason to go with the 16i over 15i?
3. What specific model thermostat best matches each of these units, I've read a lot about the VisionPro IAQ but if I get the 16i doesn't trane have integrated comm. with their own 803?
4. Is it reasonable to expect that Comfort-R and spending a bunch more for 2-stage furnace is worthwhile in Dallas to reduce humidity levels... or will IAQ do the job for me?
5. Generally speaking, do prices drop for A/C installs in off season? We will be willing to wait to save
6. Is Honeywell F-100 a decent air cleaner (4")
7. Any other qns I should ask vendor?
Thanks so much for your suggestions and advice
Last edited by beenthere; 08-30-2009 at 09:12 PM.
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