Compare Goodman vs. Payne
Replacing my dying 20+yr old roof gas-pack 2.5t Carrier 48NLT030300 in hot Central CA. IMO, it is sized OK (maybe not perfect). A manual-J requests a 3.5ton (hard to believe) for our little house -- that I don't intend to live in for more than 6 more years.
I'm reviewing a couple 3T/13SEER quotes:
Goodman GPG1336070M41 for $500 more.
Both fully installed.
A Google search on Payne reviews reveal a long list full of complaints for everything from the compressor, coil, blowers, furnace, you name it. There is a little of that on Goodman, not as much. But what worries me is the discussion of "everyone getting bad copper for the past few years" so all the copper based coils are having pinhole leak problems. Not sure if this is substantiated if it's a scare tactic to sell extended warranties, it sure is working on me.
I see a lot of "it's all in the installer". Is that really true when replacing with a new unit? I understand the basics: expertise would determine ducting appropriateness (seals, sizing, etc) but if replacing with same sized unit, there probably wouldn't be any new drainage or electrical work needed? Increase the return, some rough carpentry for roof interface, add refrigerant, maybe upgrade the thermostat? A great tech might spot "potential" problems during install based on the sights/sounds the unit makes and intervene.
I've even seen the "installer" comment on threads re: leaky coils. What exactly does the installer do that would make coils leaky?
Thanks in advance,