I have a 1225sq ft house in SoCal, currently with a 2.5 ton Payne system. I have had 7 companies out to give me estimates on new 3 ton systems and have done a bit of research, but am having a hard time making a decision.
I'm not sure its possible to find, but I'm looking for some nonbiased opinions.
I can get a 14 seer Rheem (R22) with a variable speed furnace for the same price I can get a 13 seer Carrier (choice of R22 or Puron) with a single stage furnace or a 14 seer Carrier with Puron with single stage furnace.
The Carrier guy is throwing in an extended warranty and 2 years of maintenance. He is not a Carrier authorized dealer, but gets permits and seems like a nice guy. The Rheem place is an authorized dealer, but does not get permits.
Not only am I torn between Rheem and Carrier, I am still torn between R22 and Puron. While most my research on the net says puron is the way to go, only Carrier sales guys were trying to get me to go with the new refrigerant, everyone else was really pushing to stay with R22.