Advice on American Standard or Bryant central air please (3k ton)

cinnamonsworldAugust 24, 2012

I'm looking at getting either a 3,000-ton (36BTU) Bryant central air unit (compressor/heatpump/programmable thermostat - $3.8k) or just a (same size) American Standard compressor outside ($2k) that would replace a more-than-20-year-old American Standard unit of the same size. This is for a second-home in Florida, and I'd be using a very reputable and known A/C guy.

These prices would not be for extremely high-efficiency units, but basically what they recommend will do the job well economically.

Any thoughts on whether just going with the replacement compressor outside will probably be fine (given that it's the same make; the issue is that the old compressor finally gave out)? Any other recommendations?

I see that Bryant has the Evolution, Preferred and legacy line ... and for this purchase I'm primarily interested in how well it all works (the old one was fine for years) and say initial and first-year costs. It looks like there are a lot of Bryant programmable thermostat options also (though don't know if what they are hoping to put in will also have a wide choice ... not interested in lots of zone tweaking etc.).

Still waiting on model numbers from them, this is just what I know so far.

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These are heat pumps or straight AC condensers?

Just the outside condenser? No matching evap coil?

How do you heat? Your location? Coastal or inland?

Can not offer an opinion without knowing all the facts including model numbers.

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    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 10:31AM
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2k to replace compressor only? Ugh. I bet a salt air environment has taken its toll on condenser plating. Won't be long till you have additional leaks in piping.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 11:29AM
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