Advice on new Heat Pump replacement / Central FL
I am very new to this forum and would appreciate any advice. I live in Orlando in a very modest 1900 sq ft block home built in 1979. 80%of my windows have been replaced with the new energy efficient windows.
My 17 year old Rheem system went low on freon the other day and was successfully recharged, however I realize there is a slow leak and I need to replace the system soon.
I have a Rheem 13 seer heat pump. I paid more (in 1995) to get the best system at the time. Over all, the system has been relatively trouble free. I always thought Rheem was the Hyundai of heat pumps, but by reading the other forums, I see they are a respectable system.
Lately I have been steered toward a carrier or bryant heat pump. Is Rheem in the same category?
I have been getting quotes and am trying to find a unit that I think will be the best for my home so that I can compare apples to apples. I have been focusing on the Carrier, but since I have had such good luck with my Rheem, I may go with them again.
By coincidence, I have three friends with Carrier heat pumps less than 5 years old. Well, all three of them have had their blower fan go out on them in that short of time. This bit of infomation definitely weighs on my mind when I am about to purchase a system.
Ok, back to my wants and needs. I think I want to have installed a 15 or 16 seer heat pump system? Is there a difference between Rheem and Carrier as far as quality?
I have had about 5 companies give me quotes on Carrier. Not much consistency between all of them. Some companies seem to mix match the condenser and air handler, so it is hard to get an accurate quote. I only had one company complete the "Manual J" and they said a 3 ton heat pump is what I need.
None of the other companies even mentioned a manual J.
As I am writing this post, I am starting to lean toward the Rheem, as I have had good luck with them over the years.
Do you have any advice? Once I figure out the condenser and air handler model I need, I can start getting accurate quotes.
A few of the contractors said their installation is the best and that is what really matters. Well looking at what I have, the installation looks pretty easy. The two components (inside and out) , only have two copper lines and some basic wiring.
In a standard home, what is so difficult?
Thank you for any advice!