For those of you who call me a thief and an asshole for protecting my
investment let me further state serious concerns as to why I did. Its
not JUST because of the two I stated. Here are other reasons:
1) I did not have a/c prior to this. It was a new install on a 2 year
old American Standard Freedom 90-R furnace. They had to cut the
plenum and make a new junction with a boot from where they cut the
plenum to where it attachs to the furnace. This new metal work of
theirs is held in tact in 90% of the seams with only aluminum duct
tape! Also at the seams there are many places where is bowed with 1"
gaps..on some seams the entire seam does not line up and there is a 1"
gap the entire length of these seams. They put aluminum duct tape
covering these gaps. Already the duct tape is starting to fail! They
did not use metal strips(I don't know what they're called) that join
two pieces of metal together but also they didn't use screws because
of the 1" gaps. In a few places they did, the metal bowed out. The
19 year old kid who did this metal work was a college student on
2) When the unit was installed and it was getting near 5PM the work
crew was sucurrying so they get out and go home. The electrical
wiring on the outside of the house is complete except for the power
company to come and put a second meter in the new box because
I am having interrupted service. They jumpered the new box so the a/c
will work. 5 mins before 5pm they finally started the system by
plugging in the out disconnect(which is an unfused disconnect..in fact
I don't see any circuit breaker or any kind of protection). After the
unit started they got ready to leave they put the thermostat setting
to 70 and said: "Let the a/c run for 45 mins then raise it to 78. Let
the system shut itself off. Do not shut the system off(at the
thermostat) before it shuts off or it will cause a short!" We let it
run 45 mins, raised to 78 and after is entirely shut off we shut the
system off at the thermostat because its not cool enough for a/c and
not warm enough for heat during the day. The next morning it was
chilly in the house(61F) so I put the thermostat to heat. Nothing
happened! I checked the furnace breaker, it was not tripped but I
reset it anyways. After a few hours of wondering, I looked in the
furance at the control board and there is a 5amp spade fuse on it that
was blown. I replaced it as immediatey when I put the system from OFF
to heat it blew again. I didn't change it any more. Something is
These are my two major concerns and reasons for stopping payment. Call
me a thief if you like but if I didn't stop payment they stall coming
back to make repairs, or fail to make proper repairs who is the thief
The contract has a $70.00 fee for a permit but I didn't see one
posted. Someone mentioned not paying them until it passed inspection.
Thats a good idea but at 5pm on a friday there are no city inspectors
on the job. Sometimes it might take a few days for an inspector to
Regarding condenstation on the plenum I guess I won't be able to use
my a/c for fear of condenstation draining into the furnace and causing
damage, mold, rust and whatever else.
I wish I'd never have had this done. I'd be better off using my
window a/c's which is probably what I'll do and not use the central
One last thing, do those of you who call this being a thief and fraud
would you accept this type of installation in your home? I kind of
feel I am the victim because when I contract with a licensed
contractor to do work I don't expect an unqualified 19 year old to be
doing journeyman work at my expense.
Thanks to those who offered valuable information. I appreciate it
Now the truth comes out..... did you contact the owner of the company and
explain you issues to him?? Did you try to get your issues resolved through
the company?? Have you called the permit and inspections department and
talked to the chief code enforcement officer?? If you have not done any of
these things, then your guilty of the before mentioned offences. if you HAVE
taken these steps, then you need to stay on the city inspections department
until they force the contractor to do the job right.
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