Amana or Rheem or Trane?
I'm giving up on a 6 year old Lennox system. Too many problems over the past 3 years, and now I have a $1400 problem to deal with, so I'm considering a complete new system.
I live near Pensacola, FL. I require a 5 ton system. The heat pump systems I'm considering based on what the installers in my area offer are down to these:
Amana: ASZC16 A 16 SEER System. Rated 16 SEER/9.5 HSPF
Trane: XL16i According to Trane it's rated 18 SEER/9.2 HSPF
Rheem: RPRL 061 JEC Condensor (RHPLHM 6024JC Air Handler).
My question is what system has the best reputation? I have price quotes for the Amana and the Rheem. I'm confident the quote for the Trane is going to come in higher.
I have hopes that the two installers I'm considering are much better than the those who installed the system when the house was built (never dealt with them since they were poor to respond after the first problem; ended up getting the warranty coverage through one of the installers I'm considering for the new system). My obvious concern is not getting stuck with a bad system again. However, the Lennox system was likely so poor due to a bad install, so installation I realize is of utmost importance.
The Amana salesman/technician impresses me, but that doesn't mean he's the best. Not too many people I know have recent experience with heating and air in my area except for repairs, and they're of the same opinion as I am that both of the companies I'm considering do a good job for repairs.
The Amana guy according to the companies website (ARS) apparently sells Trane as well, which I'm going to be asking him about today. Why he didn't mention the Trane on our first sit down I don't know. Maybe he's trying to sell the less expensive system and get a bigger profit.
Not knowing much about heat pumps you can understand my anxiety here. Anyone with experience who can comment on Amana, please let me know how your system has performed. And if you feel Amana should be passed up for Rheem please let me know why. Finally, if Trane is something I should consider pay more for (I think it will be more) I like to hear that opinion as well.