Trying to make a decision on replacing HVAC
Hi, I'm replacing a 16-year old ac/gas furnace system. I'm in a 1200 square foot, 2-story condo, in the DC area. The ac unit is on the roof and requires a crane.
I have a leak somewhere, and I've had to have freon added the past two summers. Last year the cost of the freon was over double that of the year before. I'm sure it's ever higher now. Last year I declined a $460 electronic leak search and an $800 evacuate & recharge (whatever that is), thinking it was better to put that $ into a new system.
I've gotten multiple quotes and discounted three of them because I decided I wanted a 2 stage furnace and ac.
I'm down to (and all include crane rental):
1 year labor
10 year parts
10 year comp (?)
1 year maintenance
no coil model number, but he said it includes it.
$700 manufacturer rebate
not sure of warranty
media cabinet F-100 (honeywell)
$1,100 manufacturer rebate
2 years labor
20 years heat exchanger
10 years compressor
other parts 5 years (10 if registered in 90 days)
If I go with Carrier, I much prefer installer #3. But the quote is $1,000 higher for pretty much apples to apples. Not sure of the warranty in #2 (or why he said the rebate was $700 instead of $1,100), and I don't think it includes the media cabinet. I do plan to go to #4 and say they're $1,000 higher for the same system and see if they'll knock something down.
If they won't, is it worth $1,000 more for an installer that I'm more comfortable with? Is $7,515 - $8,541 even an acceptable range?
Thank you so much for your help!