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My house got struck by lightning a couple of weeks ago and it completely burned out the air conditioner and furnace. Fortunately, home owner’s insurance is covering the cost. I’ve gotten one quote but have no idea if it’s good or not. I live in Tennessee and have approx 1600 sq feet with 3 beds/2 baths downstairs and 1 bedroom & bath upstairs, along with a storage room over the garage. The quote is for a New 4 ton York Split System with R-410A for $ 5238 installed. Does this seem like a reasonable amount? What about the York unit? Is it a good unit? Is there another unit that might work better in this house for the bedroom and bathroom that’s upstairs? It stays so hot upstairs in the summer but I cannot afford to have 2 units installed.

Thanks in advance for your help. I am completely lost in all of this. BTW My house was built in 1998 and I have a 4 ton Carrier that has been worked on every year that I have lived in this house so I will never even consider getting a Carrier.

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    August 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    That doesn’t seem unreasonable for an above average level of efficiency—like 16 or more SEER. What’s the rated SEER and EER? The higher the efficiency, the less it will cost to operate. (I have no experience with York.)

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    August 17, 2011 at 12:34 am

    York makes decent equipment, so don’t let that sway you away from them. The price seems reasonable, but without seeing the job, there’s no way for us to say for sure. What I would suggest is getting a couple of more bids from reputable contractors. That way, you have a way to compare prices. Just be sure you’re comparing apples to apples. In other words, each may give you a different price because one may be quoting you a 13 SEER system, while another may be quoting a 16 SEER system. Then there is the warranty. One might be giving you a 5 year parts and labor warranty while another may be giving you a 10 year parts and labor warranty. Also, I would suggest asking if a load calculation should be performed. In my area, whenever the inside and outside equipment is changed out, a load calculation must be submitted with the permit application. This ensures your system isn’t under/oversized. Other brands of equipment I would recommend are American Standard, Trane, Lennox, Rheem and Ruud. We’ve sold American Standard for the past 8 years and Lennox for the past 25 years. Depending on the efficiency of the system you go with, you may be eligible for an energy tax credit. Good luck with your decision.

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