Trane vs Goodman HVAC Unit
My 2250 sq ft single story house has a 5 ton Tempstar combination gas furnace and electric AC unit that has 12 summers of use on it. The unit runs fine and is regularly maintained, but several of my neighbors with similar aged units have replaced theirs due to failure and purchased Trane XL20i units (which to me is probably overkill). Trane seems to be very popular in my neighborhood and throughout the metro Phoenix area. Hence, I have contacted three "Trane Comfort Specialists" who received excellent reviews to come out and give me a free estimate on a new 5 ton system. So far one has come out to give me an estimate and here are the details and options.
XB13: 4TTB3060D1, SEER: 13.75, EER: 11
All Aluminum Cased Coil: 4TXCD063BC3
XL Comfort Controls: TCONT600AF11MA
Option 1: Trane XB13 SERIES 13 plus Seer $5327.00
Option 2: Trane XB14 SERIES 16 Seer / 13 Seer $6420.00
Option 3: Trane XL20i SERIES 17 Seer dual stage htg / clg. $9882.00
We will furnish and install a Trane; 5 ton split system, furnace / coil / condenser, new safety electric disconnect with fuses,
programable thermostat, condensate drain connections, and new filters.
Will connect to the existing electric power, copper refrigerant lines, control wiring, supply and return duct work,
condensate pan, primary and secondary drain lines. Project for you includes all material, labor, supplies, equipment and
tax. We will also remove of the existing equipment and dispose of it properly, according to all EPA conformity and
I spent a few hours doing research on Trane units and while people are generally satisfied with them, I keep reading repeatedly that Trane is high priced due to advertising budgets and that the most important part of an HVAC system is the quality of the install. Thus, people have stated that a lower priced unit such as a Goodman can provide comparable performance as a major brand such as Trane if installed properly and that Goodman receives an unfair negative reputation because of units failing likely due to poor installation and their image before they purchased Amana. I haven't contacted any very small, indepndent "one man shop" type HVAC companies for a quote, but if I did, would there be significant savings in purchasing a Goodman unit vs a Trane? Does a Trane give a house better resale value because people know the name? If you have recently purchased a new HVAC system, I'd be curious to know what you purchased and why.