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12-07-2010, 01:49 PM #1New Guest
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Replacing 16 year old RHEEM Heat Pump
The estimates I'm getting are all over the map when it comes to price. My question is, besides bells and whisltes, are some heat pump manufacturers clearly better than others? I've had a few companies tell me to stay clear of Amana, Goodman, and York. I have quotes for Trane, Carrier, GOodman, Bryant, Amana and Rheem. Is one manufacturer better than the other?
12-07-2010, 02:12 PM #2
Considering you are asking here where there are dealers for all those brands, you are going to get opinions all over the map as well.
The brand is not as important as making sure the contractor installing it does it correctly, sizes it correctly and has a track record proving they do it correctly and will be in business to stand behind their work and take care of you after the sale..
The statement below is my signature and just my overall feeling towards our industry and does not necessarily pertain to you nor this thread.
There really isn't a legitimate excuse for not doing the job correctly!
12-07-2010, 02:23 PM #3
I am a carrier dealer....there are lots of carrier dealers in my area. I am not the cheapest, nor am I the most expensive. Installation is more important than the brand. This is a skilled installation and the final product depends on the skill of the crew that comes out.It's not the Brand with the fewest repairs-It's all in the install!!! Attention to detail and using the best materials!
12-07-2010, 02:27 PM #4Professional Member*
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I think there are differences in quality of heat pump manufacturers more so than other conventional HVAC products. Do yourself a favor and get a brand/mdl that has "electronic demand defrost" over time/temp method.
It would seem that one of the majors could figure out a cost effective method of defrost without the need for blowing AC air and wasting backup furnace or electric heat strip to temper the cold air.