Chicago Area - Need Referral for Reputable HVAC Contractor / Installer

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We'll have to meet that Stormin Normin guy some time. Does he ever post?
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Christopher A. Young
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It's my experience that "I bought the parts, you install them" customers tend to be more work than it's worth. As a general rule, customers such as yourself tend to be overcontrolling. Like to be involved in every step of the way. After buying the wrong size equipment (both in terms of heat output, and also physical size) you will want the contractor to take in the equipment in exchange. And then provide the right size. Either that, or just go ahead and install it. Then, you'll complain when it's not working right.
Since you got such a good price on equipment, you want the contractor to be just as cheap. You'll wonder why you get charged extra for the additional work necessary when the equipment is mis matched. You'll wonder why you're being charged extra for helping (it really slows the crew down when you are busy training a home owner all the techniques of installing. Plus, the H.O. is getting training, which is valuable, and needs to be charged accordingly.)
Part of the retail sale of an install is the markup on the equipment. Since the contrator isn't making the markup, he'll have to charge extra to make up for the money he didn't get on the equipment. Since the equipment wasn't purchased through the installer, there will be no warranty. Warranty through the seller of the equipment. And the contractor might not be familiar with the equipment, so that leads to other problems.
As you mention getting a couple estimates already, I can only guess that you thought the price was too high for the other estimates. May I suggest that if you think that the installed price was too high, I can predict that the "I buy the parts and try to screw you out of the markup" price will work out to be even higher.
You could try to find the Stormin Norman guy, and see if he'll drive out.
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