It's autumn and heating season is nearly upon us. One of my elderly
widowed neighbors called a local hvac contractor who advertises a
'special homeowners program' promising all kinds of rebates and
assistance to get the costs down. She's got a small rambler, and told
the company that she wanted both the a/c and furnace replaced.
Their quote, after all the supposed rebates and special cash rebates:
$5,000 each for the a/c and furnace install, and another $4,000 to
remove the old equipment.
I'm glad I talked to her and learned about this out before she signed
that contract. The company who just installed a furnace for me, who went
out of their way to discuss the install options, and were polite and
helpful, will be hearing from her. We've already had one other
contractor come out who has made a much more reasonable bid of $6,800
for the job. I'm thinking of calling the BBB or Attorney General's
office about the first contractor.