bryant legacy preferred 16 seer v. trane xli 15 seer

researchmomMay 24, 2010

We have zoned gase/heat & AC and live in Suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. We have a 10 y.o. builder's grade Lennox split system, and need to replace the 3 Ton AC unit for 1st floor of Single family Home with open floor plan and 2 story rooms. We use AC all season long. Top choices are:

Bid 1: Bryant Condenser 126BNA036 (16 SEER) Bryant Coil CNPVP6036, Bryant Thermostat T2PAC01, incl. all duct transitions, condensate drain, refrigerant line set, condenser pad and all piping & wiring, 10 yr warranty on scroll compressor and Bryant parts, 1 yr all parts and labor, $3900 OR

Bid 2: Trane 15 SEER XLi air conditioner and A-coil, new line set, pad, disconnect and electrical whip. 10 year warranty on parts and labor, $3958

Which is the better way to go? Have never owned either brand before. (Also used most of the Tax Credit on new windows before the AC surprise.) Thanks in advance for the guidance.

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ryanhughes

If both are single stage systems, I like the Trane better, but they are both comparable systems, and that's just my opinion. Why are they quoting higher efficiency models, since without a variable speed blower in the furnace, most you are likely to get is 14 SEER?

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 11:04PM
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researchmom

We also got quotes on Trane XB14 that's @ $800 cheaper, and Trane XR15 that's @ 550 cheaper, and Lennox XC14 that's $700 less and a Lennox XE15 that's comparable to the first two I asked about -- Lennox warranty is 10 yrs coil and compressor, 5 yr parts, 1 yr labor. The way it was explained to me the higher the Seer, the greater the savings - I was told a difference of each Seer can lower energy savings by @ $150 yr per Seer, and a 13 Seer would get us the same energy bills we currently have with our 10 y.o. equioment. Your thoughts?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 10:57PM
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researchmom

They are both single stage units. We also got quotes on Trane XB14 that's @ $800 cheaper, and Trane XR15 that's @ 550 cheaper, and Lennox XC14 that's $700 less and a Lennox XE15 that's comparable to the first two I asked about -- Lennox warranty is 10 yrs coil and compressor, 5 yr parts, 1 yr labor. The way it was explained to me the higher the Seer, the greater the savings - I was told a difference of each Seer can lower energy savings by @ $150 yr per Seer, and a 13 Seer would get us the same energy bills we currently have with our 10 y.o. equipment. Your thoughts?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 11:15PM
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