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I have a 24 year old Trane furnace and air conditioner. I was told that I have a leaking valve in the compressor (in the air conditioner). They tell me that it likely won't make it through the heat of July and August. I'm starting to get estimates for a new air conditioner. Should I get the furnace replaced at the same time (even though I just had it checked out and was told it's in good shape)? I'm thinking that it probably makes sense to replace both (I wanted an unbiased opinion). thanks. P.S. Are there specific brands I should definately consider or brands I should stay away from?
Trane has an exellent furnace with great warranty and factory support. Carrier has a good furnace but has problems with heat exchangers. Rheem has an exellent furnace and condensing unit for a medium priced unit. Stay away from York,Goodman,Amana,Luxaire. Choose berween Rheem and Trane. This choice comes from working on these units for 48 years and the comparing the amount of service calls with other systems. Russ
Thanks Russ. I take from your answer that you feel I should also replace my furnace along with the air conditioner. Is that accuract?
What about Lennox? Can you tell me what about York specifically that is not good? I have a very positive and many year relationship with a man who has worked in the industry for 30+ years and own his own business for the last 11. He is recommending York. He has saved me a lot of money over the years by fixing simple things on my furnace and air cond. that others have told me needed to be completely replaced. I trust him, but also understand that he may be getting a discount on York and that's why he pushes that brand.
Hi Russ. Thanks for the updates. I have several follow up questions. 1) Should I replace the furnace if only the air conditioner is apparently having the problem? They are both 24 years old,... What do you think? 2) Does a leaking valve in the air compressor sound like a real issue that a 24 yr. old machine would have? 3) If it's really leaking, does that likely mean that it will not make it through the hottest months of the year here in Idaho (July and August)? 4) Assuming I replace both, is there a minimum efficiency level that I should look for in a furnace (like 92% or higher)? 5) Should I get a furnace with a two-stage burner rather than single-stage? 6) Should I get a variable speed blower? 7) Should I pay extra for an electronic air filter or should that come standard on any good machine? 8) If you have to pay extra, is it worth the cost and how much additional is reasonable? 9) What would you think is a minimum BTU level for a 2000 sq. ft. single level home? 10) Should I get a two-stage air conditioner? 11) What would you suggest as a minimum SEER rating or Ton capacity, again for a 2000 sq. ft. single level home? 12) What is a standard warranty that should come with any good equipment (10 years parts and labor)? 13) You recommended that I get an extended warranty if I purchase the York equipment. What does an extended warranty cover? 14) What should I expect an extended warranty mgiht cost?
Russ, Sorry for all of the questions, but as you can tell, I don't know a lot about this field and appreciate your expertise and guidance.