hey there ladies and gentlemen , associates and colleagues
after an extended hiatus , i am back, had to go with a isp for a while that
offered no usenet , and i wasnt going to pay them extra for it ,
now i have moved and have usenet again .
those of you whom i remember Paul, Turtle, Cbhvac , Stormin Norman ,
Oval, " the other Rich"
im the guy in central illinois ,
looking forward to catching up with you guys , and fending off more stoopid
questions from H'O'S
As a HO in central Illinois (folks, please don't flame me!), I hope you
or someone else can help me find a reputable HVAC service company/tech
in Champaign County. Yes, I can whiffle through the Yellow Pages and
take the luck of the draw, but that certainly is not a reliable method
to find someone who's honest and knowledgeable. Nor do I know anyone
personally whom I could ask for service referrals. I especially want to
avoid the situation where I have to hire a second company or person to
fix the goofs of the first one - that sort of thing.
I am trying to do my homework so I can make informed decisions and have
read through many of the posts here on alt.hvac (nearly 5,000) and
alt.home.repairs. It's not easy to do when I don't know what I need to
learn. How do I find something when I don't know what I'm looking for?
So far, I believe the most important thing I've learned reading here is
that it's critical to get the job done properly the first time by
someone who really knows their stuff inside and out. Also, it doesn't
really matter as to which well-known brand is used (AS, Trane, Lennox,
Heil, Rheem, etc.), as long as the installation and work are done the
right way with quality workmanship from the get-go.
Here's the scoop: My central A/C compressor (nearly 30 years old) bit
the dust a few days ago. So, I'll probably have to get the entire
system replaced - it's simply too old to maintain "as is". And, since
the natural gas furnace will most likely get pulled to access the
evaporator coils underneath, I'll probably replace it as well because
it's as old or older than the A/C. There's no point in putting that
ancient-but-working beast back in when that labor is part of the A/C job
(right?). Might just as well put in a new and modern furnace that works
ever so much better for probably significantly less cost.
So, my two simple questions right now are 1) who can be recommended to
do the work above if it was your home [if you couldn't do it yourself],
and 2) and even more importantly, who should I steer clear of? Thanks
Elle, who will probably have more stoopid questions and knows not to
install anything Goodman ;)
ellezbeau (aatt) yahoo (ddoott) com
I would take a properly sized, installed and set-up Goodman over any brand
that has been hacked in...
Ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, church members... who they
use and if their happy with the services received.
Make sure the company sizes the unit by performing a Manual J 'load
calculation, this requires them to measure your home, windows, doors,
building construction, insulation, etc.. If they are sizing your new unit by
'sq ft' of floor space (or replacing the old with like sizes), show them to
the front door!
Make sure they look at your ducting to insure the new equipment will operate
with-in the manufactures specifications. If the ducting isn't sized
correctly, you won't have the proper airflow your new unit requires. This
will not only cost you more to operate, but it will shorten the life of the
unit and cause equipment failures.
Make sure they measure the inlet/out gas pressures, temperature rise, TEST,
ect to make sure your equipment is operating with-in the manufactures
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