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Old 05-14-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Looking to have a new air conditioning system installed in our house, was wondering if anybody had any opinions they could share on either one of both of these systems. Its a new construction home but we decided to do the AC after market.

We've had several quotes. THe lowest for the American Standard, Gold SI, 2.5 ton, 13 seer, was $2650. The Rheem install (same specs, 2.5 ton, 13 seer) for $2,400. So we are only looking at a difference of a little over $200, which is no problem if the American Standard is lower.

We live in Denver, so we aren't looking for a monster unit that will be working hard for 5 months of the year, so the lower end 13 seer is fine with us.

Just wondering if anybody has had any experience with either of these and could chime in. I'm a first time homebuyer and I know nothing about this stuff. LOL. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Both are good brands. Between the two, I would choose American Standard, but Rheem is also good, as are Carrier and Trane (who is the parent company of American Standard).

Just a little suggestion: while 13 SEER is decent for Denver, perhaps you could spend a little more on a 14.5 SEER unit, which is the minimum required for many rebates. The tax credit will somewhat make up for the difference in cost between a 13 and 14.5 SEER unit, as well as the energy savings from a 14.5 SEER unit.

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Old 05-14-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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Never had a american standard but had a Rheem for like 15 years. Have to say that is kind of cheap for a better unit model with duct work and inside coil that is dipped and has expansion value which are well worth getting.Rheem is a good unit if like i had but that seems cheap especailly with the new regirant models'
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:50 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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Looking to have a new air conditioning system installed in our house
American Standard, Gold SI, 2.5 ton, 13 seer, was $2650.
Rheem install (same specs, 2.5 ton, 13 seer) for $2,400.
What ISN'T included in this "system"? A system usually = furnace, AC coil, condensing unit,
refr lineset, controls, some duct modifications, gas pipe & electric work, demo old equipment, etc...
Anything under $6500 has to be suspect as too low. Be careful.

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Just wondering if anybody has had any experience with either of these and could chime in.
Brand is almost inconsequential compared to the company doing the install.
That said I've always liked Rheem.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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MrRational, the house is new construction. We had the A/C prewire installed, every contractor that came out for a quote said the duct work looked great (our basement is unfinished), and the furnace and everything is already in place. We don't need much labor at all. Every contractor that came out said 4 hours max.

This is everything that we will need done, I literally copied and pasted this from one of the contractor's quotes:

RHEEM 2.5 TON, R410A, 13 SEER AC
(1) RHEEM 2.5 TON 13 SEER EVAP COIL WITH TXV
CONCRETE PAD AND LEVEL INCLUDED
LINESET CONNECTION INCLUDED
ALL EXISTING DUCT RECONFIGURATION INCLUDED
ALL DRAINING INCLUDED
ELECTRICAL INCLUDED
START UP TO DIAL UNITS INTO MANUFACTURERS
SPECIFICAITONS INCLUDED (THIS PROTECTS THE HEART OF
YOUR NEW SYSTEMS)
10 YEAR PARTS, 1 YEAR LABOR WARRANTY


We may chat with the contractors though and ask how much it will cost to upgrade to the 14 seer, as somebody in here suggested.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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...and the furnace and everything is already in place.
Then you're not getting a "system" as you mentioned.
You're completing a system.

The "2.5 TON 13 SEER EVAP COIL WITH TXV" installs on top of the furnace.
The phrase "LINESET CONNECTION" implies the lineset is already there
and perhaps is attached at the other end to the Condensing Unit (outside)
since that component isn't mentioned (although the "CONCRETE PAD AND LEVEL INCLUDED"
does get mentioned -which is odd).

If the job is ONLY the coil then $2500 is a bit high...
if it also includes the matching condensing unit, pad and lineset it's right in the fair or even bargain range.

hth
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Ah, sorry about that. Completing the system.

THanks a ton for the info. Yes, I believe it is just for the coil install and install of the unit itself. everything else outside is connected I believe.
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