Hi, folks. Here's my story:
The 20-year-old GE heat pump for my condo apt. ten miles north of
Boston has gone on the fritz, so I called some local HVAC firms for
proposals to replace it. The old unit is a freestanding or
rooftop-style HP heavily adapted to fit into a closet.
So far, I've talked with four dealers and received four completely
different answers. How can I tell who's a pro and who's a hack?
Firm #1 (recommended by neighbors) serves a lot of condos in this
town, including this complex. They didn't even visit, but sent me an
off-the-shelf proposal for a 2-ton Bard heat pump. They haven't
actually used the unit in this building before, but have been happy
with the results in another local complex. Price: $5300.
Firm #2 (well-rated in a local consumer magazine) came on-site,
sounded knowledgeable, and went back to the office. That was about
four weeks ago. When I called to see if they were still interested,
they said they wanted to propose a "remanufactured" heat pump, and
were waiting for info from their supplier.
Firm #3 visited but passed on the job.
Firm #4 visited and looked incredulously at the old installation. He
advised against a heat pump, proposing a 2-ton split system Lennox A/C
with an electric heat package. He figures that this will fit into
the closet better with less kludgery and be more reliable. Price:
My impression is that #4 has put more thought into this than the other
folks, but maybe I'm wrong. Any opinions you can offer about the
proposals so far will be greatly appreciated! Do I need to keep