Replacing a Trane XL 1800 5-ton
The dual compressor on our 5-ton Trane XL 1800 installed in 2001 blew recently so we need to replace the whole unit. Honestly, we learned later that we got scammed by the builder and his A/C person, the builder was part-owner of the A/C company! We did not know a thing then being our first home ever. The 5-ton unit was totally overkill for an area about +/- 1500 sq. ft. Our house is an open concept design i.e. family, kitchen, breakfast all under one big area. The blown A/C covered a large front entry area, one bedroom, one bathroom, the kitchen. Yes, they put in a 5-ton unit for these areas! We were told now that we cannot go with a smaller, less tonnage unit due to the fact that the unit in the attic must match up with the unit outside. So we are looking at replacing with another 5-ton Trane which was quoted at $4,700 plus intallation or may be a Carrier, we were told that it is also good and more reasonably priced, for which we don't have a quote yet. We are looking for something reliable, high seer, variable speed. Any input or advise is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.