How do I choose a reliable brand to replace my current HVAC system? I've read a lot of conflicting reviews on various brands.

Asked by D Rohr
Austin, TX

RUUD, etc. House is 1500 sf, Central Texas, built in 1992.


Answered by Tracy Black, PE, LEED AP

Scottsdale, AZ

Engineered Systems & Solutions

April 27, 2011

Lennox and Carrier are two of the oldest HVAC makers around today.

I have been in the HVAC engineering and retrofit business for over twenty years. I have used a lot of different brands. Without regard to price, there are some very nice models out there.

  • McQuay International makes some very good units, as does Lennox, York, and Payne.
  • I have personal experience with York. They last, but after about five years they begin to have nuisance problems that can only be repaired by a service call.

For the price, I would buy a Trane. I was recently asked to perform a forensic investigation on residential and commercial rooftop units that had been damaged by hail. I found a 45-year old Trane that was still running in spite of the hail damage.

I hope that this helps.

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