Carrier A/C proposal advice

carjeffFebruary 7, 2012

We are going to need to replace our A/C unit in the near future. It is a 9yr old Heil 12 SEER 3 ton, and has a good amount of corrosion, to the point the fins are flaking off when touched. We live in Southern NJ, about 8 miles from the coast. We generally keep our A/C on from April-October, as my wife likes to keep the house cool and dry. Our existing furnace is a Carrier Infinity 96% 58MVB080-14. The main problem is the coil is only 10-12 SEER, and is below the furnace, so replacing the coil would entail removing the furnace.

We are looking at getting a matching Carrier A/C to pair up with our Infinity furnace.

We have quotes from 3 different dealers. Which of these seem like the best proposal?

Option 1:

Carrier 24APA736 2 stage condenser

CNPV4821 Coil

10 yrs parts/labor warranty included

Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer

$7395

Financing will increase price

Option 2:

Carrier 24ANB736 2 stage condensor

CNPV4221 Coil

10 yrs parts

1 yr labor warranty

Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer

Carrier Presidents Award Dealer

$7066

9 mos interest free financing

Option 3:

Carrier 24ANB136 2 stage condensor

CNPV4221 Coil

10 yrs parts

1 yr labor warranty

Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer

Carrier Presidents Award Dealer

$7956 - $500 NJ Cool Advantage Rebate

9 mos interest free financing

Option 4:

Carrier 24ANB736 2 stage condensor

CNPV4221 Coil

10 yrs parts

5 yrs labor warranty

Standard Carrier Dealer

$5750

6 mos interest free financing

I like the price of Option 4, the warranty of Option 1, and the dealer of Option 2/3. Any suggestions? Should we also look at heat pumps, or 1 stage units?

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mike_home

Since you live near the shore, I assume humidity control is important to you. Therefore I would suggest you stay with the 2-stage units. Your variable speed furnace should be a match to all of the condensers you have listed.

Option 3 is overkill in my opinion. But it is not that much more expensive after the NJ rebate. See if you can get the Carrier 10 year labor warranty included in Option 2. The labor charges for repair can be very expensive.

I don't think a heat pump makes sense. You have a 95% efficiency furnace and I suspect you electric rates are in the 18 cents per KWH range. The gas furnace is cheaper to operate at almost all temperatures.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2012 at 2:39PM
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