Hi, I am hoping someone here can give me some advice. I am replacing
my furnace and A/C and I am thinking of going with Trane HVAC. My
house is about 2200 sq ft in Northeast OH. I am thinking about
getting a TUH2B080A9V3VA (80000 BTU, 95%, 2 stage, XV95 series)
furnace with a 4TTX6036E1000A (3 ton, 2 stage, 16 SEER, XL16i) A/C.
Price for the furnace is $3768, A/C is $4051. Does anyone have an
opinion on this system and is this a good price??
I'd advise you to
1) immediately quit smoking
2) call for three or four more estimates
3) Avoid Trane, which uses a lot of proprietary parts. My old AC
company used to install Heil, with the occasional Rheem. Similar
brands include Tempstar, and Airquest, and Rudd. Goodman is discount,
but reasonable equipment.
The quote sounds high, but I'm not sure how much duct work and so on
are involved. Since you mention replacing furnace and AC, the house is
probably fitted for duct work, etc. Still sounds a bit high.
We forgot that you work for minimum wage and food stamps. Those prices
sounded very competitive to me with the exception that I have no idea
how much tinwork, electrical work, or how many phases of inspections
that have to be paid for. Also how much of the legacy
equipment,ductwork, registers etc have to be redesigned and replaced.
He may have ducting to the Garage and require expensive fire dampers.
It runs about $2,000 a year to update the education on new equipment and
new technologies per working technician. Also we have to pay people to
go to Code update classes every year. Please think before you jump up
and make snap judgments. That fellow has to gage his bids by the localy
and the amount of work plus the expense of the equipment for himself.
Their is no magic window on net that we can see his job from here.
Did he mention a Programmable thermostat and how high a test? A
Humidifier? A fancy filter system? A remote internet control and check
system. Some systems plug into the Smart home systems. Don't forget the
changes in plan that the owner sometimes adds right in the middle of the
job. Or the owners brother in law that is going to help you to cut your
bill down. ;-p I forgot to mention..Maybe the old system that you have
to remove is laden with Asbestos or other hazmat material.
I am not the person that made a snap decision on what is and what is not
a good price. I qualified it like your Pinto dealer did. $50.00 is a
good price for a Pinto unless you add a few dozen accessories..i.e.
Engine, tires, doors, windshield, steering wheel etc. Seats of course
would be aftermarket as this vehicle was meant to house the homeless.
A qualified good price. Now I understand why you are used as a doormat
in this professional group. I am sure you would be happier in a group
dedicated to the Retarded citizens of the world. Mayhaps a Mormon laying
on of the hands might help your head problems.. Especially if those
hands contain a healing hammer.
Who knows? The entire job has to be evaluated by a good contractor.
Many in our trade are considering charging for estimating these jobs and
if they get the Job..dropping the charge. It is a helluva a lot of work
to estimate and design a HVAC system. If its a new install..it has to
have an entire plan with manual J, manual D, an electrical plan. All to
be submitted for review by local building officials and approved before
one wheel is turned. When job is done.. A Technical report of all
settings etc has to be submitted before the Electrical Inspector and the
Mechanical inspector will even look at the job. You need to be a Lawyer
to Understand the Warranties that the equipment manufacturers unload on
us. Some clown will want us to install equipment that he purchased and
then expects us to be liable for any problems.. That fellow gets sent
down the road by my shop.
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