Help For A Neighbor
I have a good friend and Navy contemporary of mine that also lives in Maryland. Nice large home, three heat pumps.
One of his heat pumps has failed and he needs to replace it ASAP. I know nothing about his existing working systems but I do know he uses electric strips for Auxillary heat.
An installer that he has dealt with before came out and propose three systems to replace his failed unit. (The unit is in the attic and has a 10KW strip heater.
Could you give me some reactions/thoughts on these systems? There has been no mention of a heat load calc or similar, and the absolutely freezing weather at his place right on Chesapeake Bay demands a replacement be made ASAP!
Two Carrier Systems and a Payne;
$9700 Carrier Performance 2.5 Ton:
25HCC530 with FX4DNF031
15.2 SEER and 10Kw Single Strip
$6100 Carrier 2.5 Ton (Comfort ???)
25HCD330 with ???
13 SEER and 10Kw Single strip
PH13NB030 13 SEER W/ 10Kw Single Strip.
I'll forward any comments you might make in support of a needed quick decision on his part!
My friend seems pre-disposed toward Carrier.
My gut reaction, based on reading you guys over the years is that the 2nd and 3rd options are entry level equipments.
First option seems quite expensive and i would think staged 15KW Strip heaters?
I have no idea about the air handler/ compressor match.
Additionally, I'm suspicious of the thermostat proposed - "Digital Thermostat. (I love my Edge Thermostat.)
Bottom line advice, I'd want a Carrier heat pump with a two stage compressor and a matching variable speed air handler with a thermostat that is appropriate for that combo. (Staged 15Kw Strip Heaters?)
Is/was that good advice and what do you think?
Also, I think he should get a couple of quotes!
I realize that these kind of posts are not very well received, but my friend and I REALLY need help and need it rather soon!
This post was edited by saltidawg on Wed, Feb 12, 14 at 18:38