AC Replacement Need Advice on TRANE
I'd like to start off by saying thank you for taking the time to help me out and read my posting! 3/28/12
I live in Orlando, FL my home is 5 bedrooms/3 baths about 2600 SQFT living area single story home. Single pane windows and 5-6 people living there.
I have a 4ton system in the house now that has died and am looking to replace it with a Trane.
I had 6 companies come out and look at the system and only 1 company said I needed a 4 ton system the other 5 said 5 tons??? I am not sure what is correct, as the 4ton contractor did a Manual J and was a wizz, but all the others said 5 tons? But the wizz was the most expensive of all the contractors by far and using smaller equipment so I can't justify his #'s.
So from the information given I liked one of the 5 ton contractors who is Rinaldi's (very large company) and another (smaller company). I want the best equipment because I want it to last and save on power bills and I chose their "Best" option.
They are offering:
5 Ton, 17.5 SEER, 5KW heat
-Trane XL20i Model: 4TWZ0060A1000A
-Trane Hyperion XL series 8 Model:TAM8A0C60V51CA
-Trane XL900 Thermostat
-Ductwork $850 (3 new returns, larger supplies, and larger plenum above air handler)
2 year labor warranty, 10 yr parts, 12 yr compressor
Total cost for new A/C system and duct work: $10,900
**For an additional $350 I can upgrade the the 2 yr labor warranty to an extended 10yr labor warranty from them. Which I will probably take advantage of from hearing some Trane horror stories 3-4 yrs down the road... But that is why I am choosing a really good installer and not the lowest bid also...
-Does this seem like a good deal?
-Is the system specified overkill or a good system?
-Is the Comfortlink II really helpful?
-Will I save money on my power bill? (My Intertherm A/C unit was the original unit from 19yrs ago!)
-Is the dual compressors a good thing or will it be constantly running like some people say and causing higher power bills?
This is a very big expense for me and I just want to make sure I make the right move for my home. Thanks again!
The $10,900 also includes a $1000 instant rebate and financing for 1yr @ o% with all very highly recommended contractors with ratings and apart of the BBB.
Opinions & comments all welcomed!