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    What is the best brand heat pump for the money?

    I have to buy a new heat pump. I'm looking at a 15 seer, 2.5 or 3 ton unit(haven't had load calc. run yet). What's the best brand name for the money? Don't they all have similar warranties?
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    Dunno. What's the best brand of engine for a car?? The best bang for your buck comes from the company that knows what it's doing and does it better than others. Anything less is a gamble. You know you need a load analysis done so why not make that the minimum criteria to play? Don't invite in any company that won't do a complete room-by-room load analysis. If you want to do it to check on them, then fine. But the professional (that's what you want, right, a professional?) should always do a load analysis. Anything less is cutting corners. Imagine that? The very FIRST thing the pro is supposed to do is a load analysis per DOE and every major manufacturer of equipment and yet he/she cuts that corner right before your very eyes! That should SCREAM run, save your money while you can.

    If you can find 3 area companies that all do the analysis, inspect the duct system and have different brands to compare, get back to us. Then we can render some real opinions on the features and benefits of each model. But the company you select to do the actual installation is WAY, WAY, WAY more important than the name on the box. This is a proven fact.
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    There is no best equipment…They will all break down and they will all wear out sooner or later.
    But the installation and service of the equipment is what matters the most when it comes to reliability of your equipment.
    As to SEER rating, I would look more at the EER rating when comparing different equipment.
    Labor warranty and equipment warranty can very, so read the fine print.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skippedover View Post
    Dunno. What's the best brand of engine for a car?? The best bang for your buck comes from the company that knows what it's doing and does it better than others. Anything less is a gamble. You know you need a load analysis done so why not make that the minimum criteria to play? Don't invite in any company that won't do a complete room-by-room load analysis. If you want to do it to check on them, then fine. But the professional (that's what you want, right, a professional?) should always do a load analysis. Anything less is cutting corners. Imagine that? The very FIRST thing the pro is supposed to do is a load analysis per DOE and every major manufacturer of equipment and yet he/she cuts that corner right before your very eyes! That should SCREAM run, save your money while you can.

    If you can find 3 area companies that all do the analysis, inspect the duct system and have different brands to compare, get back to us. Then we can render some real opinions on the features and benefits of each model. But the company you select to do the actual installation is WAY, WAY, WAY more important than the name on the box. This is a proven fact.
    I also agree with skippedover.

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    Are there any brands you would stay away from, maybe that's a better question.

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    Check the mfrs. websites, if your interested in comparing features and benefits of the higher end products, you'll find some differences.

    For more standard, be sure to get something that qualifies for the $1500.00 federal tax credit!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlbest1 View Post
    Are there any brands you would stay away from, maybe that's a better question.
    There is no clear cut answer to that question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlbest1 View Post
    Are there any brands you would stay away from, maybe that's a better question.

    Where are you? That will determine what is more important, SEER or HSPF.

    Location, type of home, existing system, what you are looking for your new system to do for you(save money, more comfort, etc), are all things we need to know to give you the best advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlbest1 View Post
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    Maximum I would go with in your area would be a 15 SEER, 12.5 EER, 8.5 HSPF matchup per the tax rebates(if you still have that available).


    Lots of manufacturers have systems that will qualify for this dependant on sizing. This will be determined by a Manual J heat loss/gain analysis. You want to start with a contractor that will perform this study before you even begin to talk about equipment.

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    My brother will do the work(he's an hvac tech). Their company deals Payne equip. but he can get whatever i decide i want. My father-in-law just had an American Standard 15 seer installed and i know they are pricier than Payne. Just wondering if it is worth more money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlbest1 View Post
    My brother will do the work(he's an hvac tech). Their company deals Payne equip. but he can get whatever i decide i want. My father-in-law just had an American Standard 15 seer installed and i know they are pricier than Payne. Just wondering if it is worth more money.

    You just mentioned equipment 3 times in that small paragraph. We already told you, BRAND MEANS ZILCH.

    Manual J, D, and S. If your brother doesn't know how to do this or won't then hire a 3rd party to do it before any equipment or duct is selected.

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    sorry! won't do that again

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