We recently had a new gas furnace and central AC installed. Paid about
$4700 from a local well known company for Rheem equipment (2-1/2 ton 10 SEER
AC and an 80% dual stage, variable speed 75,000 BTU (I think) furnace for a
1750 sq ft home). It took two guys a good 7 hours to do the work. We're in
A second quote from another local company that's well known was anywhere
from $4700 to $6500 for Carrier equipment - depending on the efficiency
A co-worker's husband does commercial HVAC for a school district and does
installs on the side. He quoted me for $3700 for a similar Rheem
A neighbor across the street does HVAC for a living - saw the vans parked
out front and later on out of curiosity asked me how much we paid - and said
he would have come under the quote from my co-worker's husband.
I don't have buyer's remorse - I was ready to go with the co-worker's
husband, but my father-in-law is also our State Farm agent and he had
insurance concerns and all that good stuff since the co-worker's husband
wasn't bonded/insured/licensed to do the work independently. My wife didn't
doubt the quality of his work or if he would stand behind it - her concern
was if the installation was faulty she wanted deeper pockets to go after if
something went horribly wrong. Also would he stand behind his work at 2am
I didn't bother asking the neighbor for a quote first because of something
went wrong with the install or if I went with someone else - I wouldn't want
problems with him down the road. As a rule I don't do business with
friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc... - would rather deal with a
person I'll likely never see again - not mix business with pleasure - and
deal with someone who has deeper pockets should something go wrong and we
have to go into litigation.
I think what we paid was probably in the mid-range of what I could have
shelled out. For our house, a higher efficiency system would unlikely pay
for itself over what we had installed.
Did I get ripped - or was the $4700 I paid on par?