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What are the most dependable AC brands? I have a 2,000 sq ft townhouse.

Post created: 2013-05-31 Type of Equipment: Air Conditioner Views: 253

My 7 year old TRANE unit was repaired a month ago, on its last legs. It died last evening. The air handler seems in great shape still. I am looking for senior citizen discount (I am almost 67 now), good financing, and a dependable brand. I am going to look at half a dozen places and/or brands before deciding which business to utilize.

On 2013-05-31 JB wrote:


We don't actually sell furnaces, just supply ratings and information on how to buy a furnace and so on. You can find all sorts of information on how to buy an AC here: http://www.furnacecompare.com/buying_central_ac.html.

As to top brands, you can find a list of the top rated brands on this website here: http://www.furnacecompare.com/ac_ratings.html. Generally speaking, Carrier, Trane, Rheem, Goodman and a few others are very reliable brands that make a range of central AC units with reasonably high SEER ratings.

As with everyone who asks this question I would add that there is often negligible difference between equivalent models. So beyond reliability you want to look at the level of efficiency (SEER) you'll get for the money you pay. You also want to look at the features offered as well as the warranty. As to the warranty, manufacturers often require you to register the product within 60 or 90 days of purchase in order for the full warranty to take effect.

Lastly, where you will get the biggest bang for your buck is in the installation. You need to hire a certified and talented HVAC tech to ensure you get full efficiency and reliability. In fact, this is where the bulk of the cost lies and where you will avoid the most problems. Also, the same rules apply to townhouses as for a freestanding house.

To keep legal happy, let me just say that I am not an HVAC contractor, and you should never even look at your furnace without having a qualified, liability accepting HVAC contractor present. To keep sales happy, let me just say that you can find an HVAC contractor that's happy to take your money here: http://www.furnacecompare.com/perl/find_contractors.pl.

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