I am considering replacing my GE Weathertron (2.5 ton) electric heatpump & associated systems (guessing at least 25 years old).
I have been in this house (1500 sq ft, split foyer) for 10 years, and to my embarrassment (& to the testiment of this GE product), I have never had the unit serviced -- it has been "Old Faithful". Last winter, it did struggle some. I live in Iowa, so it does get hot/muggy summers, and winter's Jan. weather dipps to -20F for a couple weeks.
I am getting bidds from various venders, ie: Lennox XP19 (18 SEER & 9.30 HSPF) 2-stage heat pump & air handler; a Tappan 3-ton 2-stage, as well as Heil products.
What am I seeking? Which product has fewest maintenance calls? Which is closest to trouble-free? Which works best/lasts a long while? Bids, thus far vary by $. I figure it just may be time to swap equipment and take advantage of tax brakes, etc. Does GE still make a similar product?
Last edited by beenthere; 09-25-2009 at 03:35 PM.
Reason: Removed price
The efficiency requirements for the Fed Tax Rebate for a heat pump are 15 SEER, 12.5 EER, and 8.5 HSPF (all 3 must be met).
Originally Posted by Old Tree
Trane bought out GE's line of heat pumps many years ago.
Former Iowan here!
Anyway, any brand will do you just fine IF installed & sized properly. That's hard to find. Too many hacks do a lousy job of installing and few bother to survey the house to see what size you need. Most guess or put in what size you have.
XP19 would be a good product. The Tappan uses the same compressor in their 2 stage. I have a single stage Tappan system myself with 95% gas backup. The premium Heil units are good too.
GE sold out to Trane/American Standard in 1982 so your unit is older than that. Good life. There were a bunch of WeatherTron heat pumps in Waterloo when I was a kid, couldn't get gas.