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    I am the original owner of a 17 yr old home. I want to replace the original Ruud a/c unit and inside furnace/blower. I live in NW Georgia so super-high efficiency is not my top priority. Of the 3 brands I mention in the subject line, I would like to know which is the most dependable. I've talked to a trusted, veteran HVAC tech that services many brands and he mentioned not to choose Carrier because they aren't made as well as they used to be due to using cheaper materials, etc. The co. he works for only deals with commercial accounts so he has no vested interest in steering me away from any particular brand.
    I turn to this forum to get a much broader view and opinion. Your help is appreciated.

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    Trane is the best,but you will see alot of post that don't like trane here.I would go with Trane or Amana no rheem.

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    What about a Maytag?

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    Originally posted by quickone
    What about a Maytag?

    Maytag is very good & they are stainless steel to.

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    Originally posted by framehvac

    Trane is the best,but you will see alot of post that don't like trane here.I would go with Trane or Amana no rheem.
    What's wrong with Rheem?

    I'd go with whichever contractor will do the best job installing.

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    Originally posted by jmas65
    Originally posted by framehvac

    Trane is the best,but you will see alot of post that don't like trane here.I would go with Trane or Amana no rheem.
    What's wrong with Rheem?

    I'd go with whichever contractor will do the best job installing.

    I'd go with whichever contractor will do the best job installing.

    Thats right,its not really the contractor,he will not be the one puting it in its about the installer.

    As Rheem goes I have just had bad luck with it,I don't know anyone that likes it sorry.

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    It would be helpful to know why you would prefer one over the another. thanks

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    Trane, Amana & Lennox use the White-Rodgers Intell-ignition. Boy we've replaced a lot of them since they came out. A-S/Trane still has a bulletin out that will replace the old ones well out of the original warranty.

    EVERYTHING, not just Carrier, is cheaper made these days. Buy a 10 year parts & labor warranty on whatever you buy.

    FWIW, the last 2 I did for friends have been Rheem/Ruud products.

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    FWIW, the last 2 I did for friends have been Rheem/Ruud products.

    So they could save money right BaldLoonie.

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    You are actually looking for the installation dependability!

    You tell me, aren't you more concern about longevity? should equipment dependability supersede a proper installation (really hard to find)? Wouldn't a proper install produce longevity, comfort, and value? anyway, it should with a Pro!

    Did you know that lemons are created by poor installers?

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    I would check out a reputable reporting agency to see how they rate different brands. Like maybe consumers report or others. I agree that alot has to do with installation though, but there are reasons some brands are more reliable. Some furnace makers want to help educate their dealers to prevent callbacks which in return helps make their brand more reliable. For example providing them with training and educational tools to make sure that the product is installed to their standards. Some brands have different marketing ideas and they maybe out of touch with the mainstream. Also watch out for cheaper models that are downgrades aka builders models. You might not be comparing apples to apples.

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    Looks like its amana or American Standard which is the same as trane.

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