I have an estimate from a local company (they're fair and reputable based on
past work they've done for me) to replace my current AC unit (inside and
outside). They've offered several options - I'm interested in the lower
priced option - a Payne 13 system - the service guy tells me that the
important components and technology is essentially the same as the more
expensive Carrier Comfort 13 system they also quoted - and that the Payne
brand is just Carrier's alternate (less expensive) brand.
Even though the local company has been fair AFAIK, for this kind of money I
need to get a second opinion - thinking of getting a competitive quote.
The quote I have is for parts and labor to replace all of the inside and
outside components, including a new disconnect and whip and thermostat - no
ductwork - about $5,500 - he says that I could go from the 3 ton they've
quoted to a 3 1\\2 ton for another $300 - is this quote in the ballpark for
North Texas? THANKS!
Additional information - the inside unit is in a utilities closet on the
ground floor level - NOT in the attic - an updraft unit, I think it's
called. Also, the other assumption is that the existing tubing will be OK
for the new unit.
Also, I called another vendor I found from the Carrier site for a second
over-the-phone opinion - gave them the same specifics - a Payne 13 unit, all
new inside and outside including all parts and labor and a new disconnect,
whip, and thermostat, etc. - their price was $4,250.
Thanks for any feedback!
Hey man, I'm just trying to get an idea of whether the guy who did work for
me before was still playing fair with me - for $5K, I'm not taking it
blindly without checking around - just to be sure - it's a lot of money.
I'd certainly give the guy I've been using an opportunity to sharpen his
pencil - but $1,250 is $1,250 - competition and free enterprise is what this
country is all about - if two guys are in business, essentially offering the
same product, and one guy is OK with less profit, that's OK with me, too.
Like buying a car - two different dealers selling the same car - if warranty
work is guaranteed by the manufacturer, why pay one dealer $1,250 more than
I can get it from another dealer for the same car ?
3 ton systems replacements can run the full range from $4100 up to $10,000
and more (not including ductwork).
Payne is Carriers cheap builder grade junk... suitable for landlords and
Personally, I wouldn't have *any* Carrier products in my home....I have
worked on too many of them.
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