I’ve spoken to a few contractors and am getting bids. Each contractor has received excellent reviews/ratings in a local consumers magazine (where readers rate service providers based on the readers’ experiences). I also got a bid from Home Depot’s contractor, which got a low rating in the magazine. My current broken unit is 88,000 btu, 90% Carrier Weathermaker.
I am looking to get decent value and reliability, but I don’t expect to own the house for more than another 2-5 years. I explained this to the different contractors; some seem to listen, some don’t. The first contractor told me that only the top-of-the-line Carrier Infinity model qualifies for the current energy credit and would be the best buy. When I called Carrier to find out whether my cracked primary heat exchanger was still under warranty–it is but labor isn’t–they said a Performance model can also qualify. Home Depot’s contractor quoted us using Rheem products. Another is quoting us Carrier and Bryant products (maybe Payne too). Then one contractor mentioned Goodman and said it was the best value for the money.
I’ve never heard of Goodman. How does it compare with other brands, assuming that I’m dealing with a reputable, skilled contractor on the installation and warranty-covered services? Any brands to stay away from?
Stuck,I work for a company that sells Bryant,Goodman,and Westinghouse.Wouldn’t give you a nickle for a truckload of Bryant’s.The Westinghouse’s have been the most reliable and easiest to work on IMO.Goodman use to be junk but seem to have improved.Haven’t installed too many of them but they seem to be working well. Good warranty also.