I have frequented this site and learned much over the years. It's time to replace my old 4 ton Ruud AC as I want to get a new system (AC/heat pump) which will quality for the tax credit. Heating is strips as the house is all electric. As I know installation is no 1, I will use the HVAC company that I have been with for years. They are pros. They have always been primarily Carrier with Ruud as a second line. Recently, I checked the website and they are Carrier, Amana, and Goodman. In talking to them this morning, they have moved away from Carrier to Amana/Goodman. But, they can do Ruud for me as they just purchase it at the local distributor. The fellow I talked to today threw a new wrinkle into the mix in promoting the Amana, especially the warranties. This would not be the rebranded Goodman, but the "real" Amana. I pretty well know what the major components need to be, but my main question centers on this:
Thinking of quality of build and reliability, is there really any difference between a Ruud/Rheem (UPQL-JAZ or JEZ) and the "true" comparable Amana?
I know the warranties are a plus with Amana, but I am disabled and would really like to concentrate on the brand that has the least breakdowns as those breakdowns can be kind of difficult. On the other hand, the warranties do need to be considered. Would appreciate any advice from those with Amana and Ruud/Rheem experience. As I aside, my HVAC people have been very helpful to me over the years and I want them to be happy with the deal we ultimately make.