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AC brand longevity (by J [FL]) Apr 18, 2019 11:30 AM
       AC brand longevity (by Live The Dream [AZ]) Apr 18, 2019 1:46 PM
       AC brand longevity (by J [FL]) Apr 18, 2019 2:01 PM
       AC brand longevity (by Dave [MO]) Apr 18, 2019 2:28 PM
       AC brand longevity (by myob [GA]) Apr 18, 2019 2:45 PM
       AC brand longevity (by gevans [SC]) Apr 18, 2019 4:23 PM
       AC brand longevity (by J [FL]) Apr 19, 2019 12:11 PM
       AC brand longevity (by Mike [MA]) Apr 19, 2019 12:23 PM
       AC brand longevity (by J [FL]) Apr 19, 2019 12:27 PM
       AC brand longevity (by Homer [TX]) Apr 19, 2019 12:48 PM
       AC brand longevity (by Hoosier [IN]) Apr 19, 2019 3:46 PM

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AC brand longevity (by J [FL]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 11:30 AM

I'm trying to decide between a Goodman, Rheem or American Standard for one unit. The Goodman is about $600 cheaper than the AS unit. Rheem is in between.

I've actually used Goodman and AS before but I'm not sure how they hold up over the long term in the heavy usage of Florida. Is there anyone here in Florida or the South who knows about this? Thanks.

AC brand longevity (by Live The Dream [AZ]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 1:46 PM

Here in AZ we seem to burn them out in about 4 years, no matter the brand. Goodman, Amana, Trane, doesn't matter. It's just too hot.

AC brand longevity (by J [FL]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 2:01 PM

I don't think it's that bad here LTD, although they still don't last as long here as they do up north, obviously.

AC brand longevity (by Dave [MO]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 2:28 PM

Our company uses Goodman and Armstrong. Parts are on the repairman's truck or carried at the local supply houses.

Lee, Vee, and Gevens are the go to guys.

AC brand longevity (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 2:45 PM

Goodman. Really for anyone needing parts-- it's a generic business. Relay, capacitor, fan motor-- all generic you don't need OEM.

As far as compressors-- the big thing surrounded by the coils-- need the old model number and match it up-- reason being the pipes need to be located correctly as in correct position.

HVAC company's have most of us LL's snowed. It's treated like the worlds biggest secret and if you learn about HVAC systems -- somehow you'll be able to blow up the world. These systems are simple: 12 volt thermostate gives power to a relay-- you can here it click and see the thermostat wires -- small one going to the switch. Next is the capacitor (the shinny thing with wires coming out the top- that boost voltage to the compressor and fan to give the juice to kick start them. This item needs TLC -- if the compressor comes on but fan doesn't the cap for the fan is bad- if compressor doesn't come on but fan spins cap is bad. If neither works-- either cap is bad or ants have build nest under contactor switch. Capacitor is 9.00, fan is 87.00, switch/relay is 12.00

AC brand longevity (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 4:23 PM

I use lots of Goodman. I used to use nothing but Lennox, but their quality is not what it used to be, and the parts are through dealers only.

Goodman (and a few other common brands) have readily available parts, that counts for plenty.

The Goodman quality has improved over the years. It might be because they have been owned by Daikin for several years now...

There is nothing magic about an ac unit. They are fairly simple... but there are complex laws and regulations surrounding them. If you are mechanically inclined you can get EPA certified online and will be able to legally purchase equipment. If you properly follow the EPA requirements, you will also need a couple thousand dollars worth of recovery equipment.

AC brand longevity (by J [FL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 12:11 PM

Thanks, I am going to go with Goodman to save a little bit of money.

MYOB I'm going to learn how to replace a capacitator myself. I've been told it's easy before and it's one of those things I keep saying I'm going to learn how to do.

AC brand longevity (by Mike [MA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 12:23 PM

Ads on TV say that split units are much more efficient,.costing about 1/2 that as trying to cool via window units,..seems to defy physics. Can this be true or much better?

AC brand longevity (by J [FL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 12:27 PM

Window units are not used much here, at least in decent homes and neighborhoods.

AC brand longevity (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 12:48 PM

I prefer Goodman. Simple, easy to repair, however no matter the brand, itís more about the installer, be careful and try to find a good one. I assume you will be moving from 22 to 410, the oils are incompatible, make sure they use chemicals to clean line set or install new line set

AC brand longevity (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 3:46 PM

As a retired home inspector I looked at AC units every day. most of them are made by about 4-5 companies, so don't be fooled. If you look carefully at some of the data tags, you'll see the term "ICP", which stands for International Comfort Products". ICP makes for Heil, Tempstar, and several other lesser known brands. United Technologies makes Carrier, Bryant, Payne, Ducane, and a few other lesser-known brands. Goodman also makes Amana and Janitrol. Trane also makes American Standard. York makes Coleman and Luxaire. You get the idea.

There are exceptions such as Lennox...and some of the manufacturers design in some advanced features such as dual speed fans to reduce noise and so on.

I did not see any significant issues with Goodman.

In my opinion, what's more important than the brand of unit is the installer. A good installer will set things up properly, select the proper size and mounting location, seal ducts properly, and so on. I would select a good installer and then ask them what brand they use. The hard part is knowing who is a "good" installer. Look for attention to detail.

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