I got a new customer that didn't call me first because they thought I was
too expensive.... after Billy-Joe-Jim-Bob had been there 5 times, and cost
them almost $1,500, they called me... once I had the mess straightened out
and wired correctly again, come to find that BJJB han't even corrected the
original problem. Repaired the system, cleaned it, balanced the refrigerant
charge(recovered 5lbs 9oz of excess), the system was working as it was
designed to, with a 1 year warranty, and the total bill was around 1/4 of
what they had already paid. They just got their electric bill and called
me.... it went down $140 from what it was the previous month. They just
bought a 5 year service agreement :-)
I am not saying squat to him.... he is not licensed, insured, or anything
else. I am however hearing from the folks who I see in town, and also from
the customers who call me. I am not gonna change anything.... he is making
me too much money. :-)
It is likely from a promotion GMC Mfg. was running last year. If he's a
licensed contractor, and, wanting to remove any old stock, it might be a
good deal. Equipment kept indoors doens't age rapidly like bread. It's
likely R-22 which is being phased out soon.
As for the installation, be sure who you hire "knows." If you just have it
placed, taped and wired, it'll cost you dearly in excessive energy use over
the life of the equipment.
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