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    I live in a condo, and I have a very old electric forced air furnace above a false ceiling in a closet. I am looking to buy a new furnace and AC. What are the best brands for this type of furnace and AC? Thanks for any information.

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    For the most part I think if you stick with any of the top names for furnaces (whether it's electric or gas) you'll have good luck with them.

    My preference would be American Standard or Trane.

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    If its an electric furnace, with a/c, you might want to concider a heat pump, and save some money on the heating bill.
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    Space may be an issue also, if it's a tight space some manufacterers may not have equipment to accommodate the small space. I've been forced to use Rheem (I like Rheem, I've just always dealt Trane) in small horizontal and small apartment equipment rooms before because Trane just didn't have anything that fit. Moral of the story is be flexible, don't get your heart set on something in advance until you find out about the space restrictions. Hopefuly you will have no problems in this area and will have the freedom to choose whatever you like.

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    That type of installation usually dictates what brand and type of equipment you can use. What brand and model of unit is in there now?

    You are likely going to have to use something like a First Company, Magnaflow or other brand of unit that specializes in those types of units if you don't plan on doing some serious modifications.

    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    this sounds like a cieling mounted air handler,where a door swings down to access the blower compartment.

    we worked on an old apt. building that had this type and they were made by carrier (30 yrs. ago) i don't know if they still make them, it was more econimical to just repair them.

    they only consisted of a blower,elements, relays and a coil.

    these were heat pumps also.

    now after all of the above, if it is this type, you are going to be very limited on a manufacturer of the air handler while the condenser can be just about any brand.

    efficiency will probably not be very good, but since it's a condo it probably doesn't run very often anyway. unless you are on the top floor.

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    It is a Tappan, which I believe to be 30+ years old. The AC is old, too. The AC is fine in the summer; the bill is low. The bill is high in the winter. I was hoping to get something more efficient. Right now, it is a little loud when it is running, too. With it being so old and in a tight space (ceiling of a closet), would it be better to try and upgrade it?

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    when was the last time this dinosaur was looked at?

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    Originally posted by noviceguy
    It is a Tappan, which I believe to be 30+ years old. The AC is old, too. The AC is fine in the summer; the bill is low. The bill is high in the winter. I was hoping to get something more efficient. Right now, it is a little loud when it is running, too. With it being so old and in a tight space (ceiling of a closet), would it be better to try and upgrade it?
    Yes, units to use in this space are a bit limited but I believe Rheem and Ruud still make some that will work.

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    you can still get a new tappan electric furnace. nice units,ac ready http://www.tappan.net or http://www.nordyne.com

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    Well, I have been told that I can replace my current air handler with a First Operations Fan Coil #24HX8. The AC could be replaced with a 2 ton, 10 seer Comfortmaker #NAC024AKC. Any ideas on this? Thanks for any help.

    [Edited by noviceguy on 06-23-2005 at 06:33 PM]

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    I'd prefer the better line of outdoor units, you get a scroll not a recip. The NAC is a builder cheapo.

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    The operating cost of a new electric furnace will be just the same as any old electric furnace.

    If you want to cut down the utility bills during heating season, you can still get a new electric furnace, but the savings will be from switching from regular AC to a heat pump. They can produce heat using much less juice whenever it's much over 10 degrees outside.

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