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    Looking to replace old systems in a Chicago area capecod. House is brick 2 story. Approx. Sq.Ft.is 1100. I've taken 2 proposals at this time. Both contractors suggest Goodman 13 SEER A/C units. However, furnace choices are, Armstrong 63K B.T.U (G1D93AU67D12B) or Goodman 90 B.T.U with larger A-Coil installed<?...not sure which size fits the size of my home better? Also, we do plan on staying in this home for another 5-7 years. I'm looking for good running machines that are reasonable in price. I don't want ...All Show..No Go..stuff. Everything I've read is Goodman bad on furnaces, but good.. better.. on A/C's. Anyways, any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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    My pick of the two is listed on the line below.

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    Now that we have that out of the way, find a contractor that will do a load calc on the home to properly size the unit to your home. Than make sure the ducting is sufficient for the unit to perform with-in parameters.

    The cheapest is normally the cheapest for a reason. Not saying the most expesive is the best either. Normally, the middle of the road is adequite. Pick the guy you feel comfortable with and will answer ANY questions/concerns you may have.

    13 SEER in Chicago could be a waste of money.
    High efficient furnace on the other hand is a must.

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    90,000 BTU for 1100 sq ft seems way out of line. The 67,000 BTU makes more sense. Oversizing the indoor coil on a high SEER unit will mean high humidity in the summer. I'd want a smaller coil with expansion valve instead. And yes, in a small home & midwest cooling needs and decent electric rates, you won't see much of a savings. The Goodman 13 SEER is a nice unit with slow speed fan and cover over a Copeland scroll so you will gain that but minimal electric savings over 10 SEER.

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    the sizing sounds way off. where are you located? my e-mail is in my profile.
    FILL OUT YOUR PROFILE!!

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    Buy a better brand. Trane Carrier Rheem American Standard The difference between a better brand and a cheaper one is not that much. Do you own a very inexpensive car? And never buy branded products? Then buy your Goodman. All equipment is not the same

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    Originally posted by cbmechanical
    All equipment is not the same
    I know my wife has told me that many times.
    but she has at least stuck with this Good Man "no pun intended" for 31 years.
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    I think you might want to get a couple of more quotes..

    Goodman will work fine; if sized properly and installed properly, just like any other brand.

    http://www.americanstandardair.com
    I like Trane/American Standard because they have worked for me in the past 15 years.But,I'm not spending your $$$.
    Just call around your area,BBB,ACCA, city inpection offices,fire departments,utilities.
    "Everyday above ground, is a good day".
    "But everyday that you have made a difference in someones life, may insure you stay above ground a little longer".<aircooled>

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    Originally posted by cbmechanical
    Buy a better brand. Trane Carrier Rheem American Standard The difference between a better brand and a cheaper one is not that much. Do you own a very inexpensive car? And never buy branded products? Then buy your Goodman. All equipment is not the same
    Why are they better?I like a Goodmans heat Exchanger better than a Carriers.Blowers are made by G.E.,White Rodgers or Honeywell gas valves.I install them all,but untill I get to the 2-stages do I see a differance.Just installed a American Standard 2-stage last week with a faulty inducer motor off the get go.Just curious why are they better, maybe I'm missing something here other than your opinion that is lacking fact.

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    We think. better cabinetry, higher cutomer satisfaction rate, longevity.

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