How does this 3-ton Amana AC System match up?

hamconsultingAugust 30, 2012

I really like this particular dealer and he will do a quality install. When I placed the call for a quote, I asked for Am Std equipment. Somehow my request for a specific brand was missed or ignored.

Any help would be appreciated on how well this Amana system matches up. My own Manual J calculation says I need 36K BTUs for cooling and 31K BTUs for heating. Here is the system:

Amana ASX140361 Condenser, 34,600 BTUs, 14-SEER

Amana AMH80603BX Gas Furnace, 80% AFUE, 60K BTU, 2-Stage, Multi-speed, 1200 CFM

Aspen Horizontal Coil CE36A34140R004

Honeywell Programmable Thermostat 5000

I'm concerned about the coil and I can't tell if the blower in the furnace matches the needed 3-ton for the a/c. The above system would be in lieu of the system I really want:

AS Gold SI (Allegiance 13) AC Condenser, 3-Ton, Model 4A7A3036, 14 SEER, R-410A refrigerant

AS Silver XI (Freedom 80) Gas Furnace; 80% AFUE, 60K BTU; 3-Ton High Eff Blower, Model = AUD1B060A9H31B

AS Evaporator Coil, Model = 4TXCB048BC3HCA

AS Programmable Thermostat, Model = ACONT803

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tigerdunes

Not a fan of Goodman/Amana brand and do not like to see dealers quote third party coils on brand new systems.

IMO

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 10:33PM
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hamconsulting

I'm having difficulty finding a good am std dealer. Independent dealers seem to have their preferred equipment. Most quotes leave out brand and/or specif model numbers. I've had to ask every single time.

So far, I've gotten quotes for amana, Lennox, am std, and working on another quote for am std. I might have to switch to trane just to see if I have better luck.

I'm still on a quest to find a dealer that will install a good ac system at a reasonable price.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 2:52AM
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overdoze

if you ask the contractor to provide you ARI REF number you will get some better luck. Then you can look up those certified number on the webpage
http://www.ahridirectory.org/ahridirectory/pages/ac/defaultSearch.aspx
This way the unit can not be mixed up. Read this webpage for more info about them
http://www.cozyworld.ca/ari_reference_number.html

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 8:49PM
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hamconsulting

Thanks for the tip on the ARI ref number and ARI web site.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 8:01PM
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hamconsulting

I've learned how to use the AHRI web site, so i can now match my own systems.

I couldn't find the system proposed by the dealer in the AHRI web site with the Amana AMH80603BX Gas Furnace. I need to replace the furnace to a variable speed one like the ADVC80604B*A*. With this change, the dealer proposed system gives me a SEER of 14.5 and EER of 11.7.

However, in order to get a slightly higher EER...I would need to get this system instead:

ARI REF # = 5188443
Amana 3-ton condenser = ASX140361C*
Amana coil = CHPF3642D6C*
Amana 80% AFUE 60K BTU gas furnace = ADVC80603B*B*
EER = 12.20
SEER = 14.50

Original price was $5600 with new lineset, but don't know what the price is with either of my changes. No rebates.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 1:58AM
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