Not exceeding what other good contractors would charge, by too much.
As an aside, I have to say that I like our A/C guy, he seems to be
actually honest. I had an issue 2 years ago where I knew what was bad
(speed control board). One contractor came and BSed me how he
"diagnosed" that all boards need to be replaced. He did not get
hired. This one identified the issue and fixed only what needed
So, I would pay him slightly more than the competitive amount, but
would not want to be taken to cleaners.
That depends on where you are and how much work needs to be done
on your particular house.( Are they running new supply "lines"?)
Why not call other companies for competitive
bids on similar products?
I'm in Houston and $5000. doesn't sound like "a lot". I recently
had to replace the condenser/compressor unit (outside) for
$1800 which was the middle of the three bids I got.
As a previous poster said, prices vary from one area to another. Also,
depends on the size-- a 5 ton is going to be a lot more than a 2. I have
seen no mention of size in your posts. FWIW, ALL compressors in ALL
units have overload protection. They are built into the compressor
(inside the shell), so they may not show up on a wiring diagram. Eons
ago, some compressors on residential sized units had external overloads,
but all have been internal for many years. They will open not only when
the current draw exceeds it's rating, but also if the compressor
overheats, regardless of the amp draw. For a top quality install of
condensing unit, furnace and evaporator (or air handler depending on
what you have), everything done according to code, with proper permits
and inspections, the price sounds from reasonable to VERY reasonable,
depending on size, and where you are located. Also. ask your contractor
about a 10 year part and labor warranty available from Trane. Good luck
Too damn cheap.... what corners is he cutting to be able to do it so cheap??
Bet its not the new R-410a refrigerant either.... in a couple of years, when
you need some more R-22, get ready to get fucked hard as its phased out.
The difference is that R-22 is going away.... the production will be cut
back by an additional 65% in January of 2010...thats only 3 1/2 years away.
At the same time. the manufactures will stop making *all* R-22 equipment.
Maybe you should do a little homework on the EPA and DOE websites.
I've got a couple of the old 12 oz cans of R-12. Figured I ought to
sell them off. Well, they are going about $20 a can on Ebay, so maybe
the market isn't quite right. It appears that the outlawing R-12
didn't remove it from the marketplace.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
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