I am looking to replace a 40 year old furnace that is still holding
on, and an air conditioner in slightly better shape. Our local
electricity company (SMUD - in Sacramento, CA), is offering financing
on a system with no money down and reasonable monthly rates. The
system would be a 2.5 ton 15 seer air conditioner (ASX14 - i'm told it
would be 15 seer with the new furnace in place), with an Amana 96%
efficent variable speed furnace (AMV9). It would also cover checking
and fixing any leaking ducts and a new thermostat. After all rebates/
tax refunds etc. the total cost with install would be $9,050, or $107/
month. It sounds like a good system but the cost seems a bit high.
Does this sound reasonable for a new system in a relatively moderate
climate of the central valley or should I keep looking?
I wasn't gonna go there.... SacTech is most likely spamming HIS OWN COMPANY.
Hopefully the OP will have figured out real soon(before its too late) that
you can get a top quality installation, or top quality equipment, by a
certified master technician, OR you can get it done cheap.
I for one never advocate paying "the most", but I do advocate paying to get
it done right the first time, with a decent warranty, by somebody who
actually knows what they are doing.
*USUALLY* its the buyers fault for going with the cheapest price without
consideration of anything else. There is a reason they are told to do their
The fault is in using the lowest bidder so the customer can pay the tech to
gain the knowledge and experience they are supposed to have, instead of
paying for a knowledgeable and experienced tech.
Occasionally posters come for opinions... but most are looking to get it
done for free and get their panties in a wad because they are not told what
they want to hear. Can you look through your 'puter screen and tell if they
are *capable* of doing the job without causing dammage to life, limb, and/or
The distrust is because of getting screwed by the lowest bidder, and their
crappy workmanship. Then there are the big companies that send out
SALESnitions instead of TECHnicians.....the home-owner gets screwed into
believing their 5 year old system is garbage because it had a leaky evap
coil because it wasn't installed correctly and they need to replace it.
There is a local Trane dealer here that is good for that, along with the
miriad of unlicensed, uninsured techs that only work outside of the city
limits because there is no code enforcement outside the city limits.
The only general belief that I have is that 1) your trying to stir the pot,
and 2) you don't have a clue as to whats happening in the real world, and 3)
you have nothing to do with the trade.
Now... don't go away mad, just go away.
Here's a vowel -------> " E ". Now go buy a clue.
Tell me WHERE I said paying the most is a smart thing to do?
My point was, dont look for the cheapest hack. In this industry, it's
almost never a good idea.
You should really read slower, stay away from the alcohol, keep on
your meds and SHUT YOUR CAKEHOLE!
Now, do you need someone to hold your hand while you try to scratch
Why would he have to read them, as he *did* type them. <rolleyes>
BTW, distrust comes from contractors ripping people off. I'm sure nobody
gets taken for a ride at alt.hvac. I know for a fact I didn't have to pay
anything to post here.
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