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"As expected. I scheduled service online, the company representative called me to confirm the appointment. The technician came in time and performed tuneup. I wasn't" at home at the time of his visit so he called me to collect the payment and to report that he didn't find any problems. They replaced some parts a year before. Later I requested the company to fill the form for the boiler company rebate which they did punctually. I am fully satisfied with their service.

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"When my Rinnai tankless hot water heater went out this Saturday morning with guests in the house, I was afraid for the worst case scenario. Previously, I was thrilled" with the plumbing services of Red Carpet Plumbing but they admitted that they are not specialized in Rinnai. So I found Atlas Plumbing and got temporary relief from the intermittent “code 11” that mysteriously kept my hot water from working. Atlas had been out in September and twice again in December. After placing an S.O.S. to
at Atlas on Saturday morning, he suggested I call another Rinnai service provider as he was not available on the weekend and had no one working that was knowledgeable. Upon calling a few services, I was told that I would owe a hefty service charge with no guarantee of repair since the Rinnai support hotline is closed on weekends. When I called YES, I made it clear that I needed someone that could guarantee their ability to get my Rinnai tankless hot water heater working TODAY. They assured me that would be the case.
arrived and quickly assessed the situation and ascertained that a switch was set wrong so that could be why the unit repeatedly has gone out numerous times in the last few months. He also cleaned the igniter and flushed the unit. Now I am a bit annoyed at having to pay previous service calls to troubleshoot how to get it working only to have it happen again. I am pleased that YES has the same rates 365 days a year and they can handle my Rinnai. What’s more, their service call was a lot lower than those who couldn’t guarantee a solution for my money. I guess I will be switching my plumbing service one more time now.

-Debra S.

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The awkward-to-pronounce acronym stands for "heating, ventilation and air conditioning" which in many respects are completely different processes.

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Dear Angie: How do you determine the right size furnace? Should I do a home energy audit first? — Kate W., Lansdale, Pennsylvania

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No one can tell you what another contractor will charge. There is no one set price for heating and air-conditioning equipment installation. One of the major factors that affect your price is its size. No one can tell you what size equipment you’ll need without doing a load analysis on the home. That calculation essentially determines the insulation value of the home, i.e... What is the heat gain of the home, what are some other prevailing factors like room equipment, solar gain, or natural shading? You can compare prices between contractors to gauge what your cost would be between contractors, but this is a little tricky to do. Let me explain a little more. Let's say you get an installation quote of $5050.00 from contractor “A” who employs three technicians and operates two trucks. He also runs his operation from home. Contractor “B” charges $6200.00 to do the same job but has 10 employees and 5 trucks. He works out of a rental unit and offers his people a little bit better of a benefit package to recruit highly motivated workers. Everything else being equal (equipment size, SEER rating, furnace efficiency, brand name and additional material—other things that affect the price), is either one of these contractors defrauding you? No, their overhead is different. All these things play into a company’s labor rate. Just be aware of your expectations when it comes to performing any kind work in your home. If you want to pay an extremely low-inexpensive price below the average installation cost in your area then you are highly likely to get the quality of work that comes with that cost. Remember cheaper is not better!

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Yes Jupiter. It depends on the severity of the situation, is the mold encapsulated in the insulation. If yes, than replace [insulation] it with new. Is it on the casing of the heater? If yes, clean it with a mold neutralizing metal cleaner. It's not a matter of finding something or someone to clean or address the existing mold. It's a matter of finding a contractor to rectify what is causing the mold grow. It's coming from excessive moisture in the air-handler unit. I can say with 100% surety you’re dealing with poor airflow and/or incorrect equipment sizing! Either issue will cause excessive icing of the evaporator coil, which leads to excessive condensate water in the system. The condensate will eventually overflow the drain pan leaving stagnant water in the air-handler housing, which leads to mold growth. I would not let any contractor do any kind of temporary repair, add any device like a UV light or air-cleaning product until the aforementioned is corrected. I talk a lot about this in my videos and on my website. It is the result of improper system design from unqualified contractors. There is a reason why some guys cost more than others, and this is one reason why!




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The furnaces are both good. They come with the same warranty. More importantly it is the installation process that is most important. Both of these furnaces need to be setup properly as they both tend to be particular if installed incorrectly.

I will say that I am a York Certified comfort Expert. I have in the past been a Trane Dealer. I used to dislike York, but since Johnson Controls bought them, they have improved drastically. Since Ingersollrand bought Trane they have improved slightly, but I am not impressed.

The differences in both are as follows (these are both top of the line form theier manufacturers):

The Trane has a 95% Efficiency The York is 98% efficient.

The Trane has 2 stages of heating the York has 100 stages of heating.

Both systems have variable speed motors with different modes, Trane has Comfort R and York has ClimaTrak, both pretty much the same.  Setup of the dipswitches/jumpers are the most importnant and vary by system size and your climate.

The Trane has an external trap and is either upflow or downflow. The York is 4 way compatible with an internal trap.

The Trane has a nicer furnace cabinet, but most of the time the furnace is hidden and is irelevant.

Some Trane units are made in Monterey, Mexico. All York units are Made in Witchita, Kansas or Norman , Oklahoma. (some interanl components are made overseas in both units, but all Yorks are assembled in USA).

Depending on your installation companies relationship, then the support they get from the manufacturer differs. I have found that if you buy alot of Trane you get good service, if you do not, then service is not that great. The same may be said about York, but so far I have great support from York. York will work with the smaller companies more than Trane will (my opinion).  Again, I have sold, installed and repaired from both manufacturers so I have knowledge in both. I also used to dislike York. If you are in the trade, I invite you to look at the new York line of systems. You will may be impressed.

 

I think both products offer the best furnaces available, compared to other brands.  Depending on who installs it is most important as well as their relationship with the manufacturers.  Both good products.  I hope that helps.

 

Justin

A NATE Certified Mechanical Contractor.

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The only thing of importance, is the hvac professional you choose to use. Alot of manufacturer's pieces are built relatively the same, and will last about the same amount of time. The thing that matters most is what you can not compare between companies, and that is the installation. Purchasing a system is not like purchasing a car, where no matter where you buy it, they are all the same. Each installation is different, and usually what you are paying for is the level of expertise, and quality of the installation, the company who will actual give you the warranty, and the comfort that you will receive. Manufacturers warranties disappear every day. They always have a loophole where they can get out of paying, but your local dealer wants to keep you happy for future work, and to protect his reputation in the communiy. Look up 4 year old Nordyne and Goodman warranty problems. Choose the HVAC professional first. It will cost you the least in the long run. I have had to totally redo plenty of installations that were just performed because of an uncomfortable customer, and a system that keeps breaking down. The equipment is only as good as it's installation, and over 70% are not installed correctly.
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I think maybe you are confusing SEER, which is an efficiency-related rating (higher SEER means more effective use of the electric power used to compress the gas), and TONS rating, which is a measure of the total cooling power of the system. (Tons used to mean how many tons per hour of ice was used in evaporative cooling building systems - a Refrigeration or Cooling Ton equals 12,000 Btu/Hour of energy exchange. A BTU, which is another antique measure but still used, is the energy needed to change the temperature of a pound of water one degree fahrenheit. Unfortunately, because of varying humidity and evaporation, this is not readily related to house air heating or cooling without a lot of assumptions and some computations. Relating this to today's world - the Manuals BayAreaAc referred to account for all these energy conversions and determine an estimated cooling (or heating) requirement for your specific house. The type of construction, solar exposure, general climatic conditions such as average temperatures, humidity, and hottest and coldest normal ambient temperatures and desired inside temperture are all taken into account in the more sophisticated versions of the analysis, so there is no "standard", though a rough old rule of thumb was about 1 ton of cooling per 500SF of house. Obviously, this was a WAG only because it did not account for insulation, type of roofing, whether you live in Alaska or Miami, etc. The ACCA manuals do a very simplified form of evaluation to arrive at a "design", which generally will be adequate. OF course, highly precise calculations are not really needed because A/C units generally come in even ton ratings - so if you are at say 2.6 ton requirement you will be getting a 3-ton unit anyway. SEER ratings are not a direct measure of efficiency, but the relative difference between ratings gives you good idea of the unit's relative efficency in using electricity - so a 16 SEER should be about 19% more efficient (so roughly comparable lower electricity bill) than a comparably sized 13 SEER unit. 13 SEER is the lowest efficiency currently allowed to be built for general use, 19 SEER is about the highest efficiency made by pretty much all manufacturers, and about 25 SEER is the highest rated though very pricey shelf-item units, though special construction custom units can reach about 30 SEER. Note however, like any government sponsored rating, much of it is hooey when you get down to it - for instance, SEER ratings are figured based on 80 degree inside air temp and 82 degrees outside, when that is far from the normal case of mid to low seventies inside and high eighties or above outdoors. This makes the absolute SEER rating meaningless, but relative numbers still have meaning in comparing units. Note these efficiency ratings are for conventional air conditoners and heat pumps working in ambient air conditions. Ground sourced Geothermal or lake/river exchange cooling units, though initially more expensive in most cases, can greatly exceed the air-exchange unit efficiencies because they are exchanging heat with cold natural water rather than with a high-temperature outside air, and instead of continually compressing a gas are just circulating cold water. I worked on one geothermal cooling project which had almost infinite efficiency, which of course makes no sense - but the only power was for sensors and a control valve as the water flow was single-pass under gravity flow, so no power was used to circulate the water.
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YOU.
You bought the home after an inspection that told you there were issues?
Every state has different laws regarding home purchases, contact your real estate agent to find out what remedies may apply.
THIS IS EXACTLY why you hire QUALIFIED and LICENSED contractors.

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Hvac reviews in Ivoryton

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I had used
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for a furnace tune-up back in November and
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the Technician was very friendly and professional. I inquired about replacing my whole home system in the spring and
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sent me some quotes. So, when my furnace went out the other day I figured I call
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again. So, this time I got
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that came to look at why my furnace wasn't turning on. After about 5 minutes of inspecting it,
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diagnosed that the ignitor was bad. He showed me what it would cost to replace it and asked if I wanted to replace it. I thought $259.54 was a bit pricey but
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was professional and friendly also. So, I decided to have him replace it. He was at my house no more than 45 minutes at the most. Well, I decided to see just how much an ignitor costs and I found a whole lot of them online for less than $30. So, basically I feel like I got ripped off!!! I probably wouldn't have written this review if they would've charged me $150 or less but $259. which in fact he said was a discount from the original price of $305, just seemed excessive! All in all, it makes me mad that businesses can charge these outrages prices!!!
Lastly, the planned Central Heat and Air Systems replacement by
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that I was planning for this spring has now been reconsidered!

- Paul B.
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The heating system had shut off and was not working. I was freezing. He discovered that the previous technician from another company had taped the emergency shut off in the open position and ad not closed the door to the system. When the tape fell off in the cold, the system shut off. So this technician diagnosed the minor problem, closed the main door an insured that the emergency shut off was working properly.
- Loti C.
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I had a leaky faucet in my tub. After an attempted self repair it was much worse. When I called
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for professional help, the faucet was continually gushing. They came out Monday afternoon, and determined they had to order extra parts. They came back first thing on Wednesday morning within the time frame they had said they would. I was very happy with the results. They recall act the tub and change the fixtures out. I would use them again.
- Stephanie O.
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Installed the machine backwards, so all the wire hung out the front, they left before I could check the work. I called them back to do it right. I should have know things were going bad... 6 months later the heat never turned on, they installed the unit with a broken themocouple. No heat for over 30 days in the middle of winter! How are they in business? They have been to my house no less than 8 times to fix shoddy workmanship. I finally have heat, but they had to return because misrouted wires were severed by my ac...really? Now the repairman lied to me that he reconnected an overflow valve. Ifound the loose wires today. Still waiting to talk to the business owner, he doesn't care. He just wants my money, and probably will never fix my unit. Off to the
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of contractors and better business bureau. don't let this happen to you, hire someone else.
- aaron C.
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Initially that seemed to go ok--they weren't punctual but the installation itself went fine. But in the months that followed I got really sick and my husband had other symptoms we didn't know were related. Eventually we figured out it was from the Air Cleaner they installed. It emits ozone a very dangerous air pollutant, and we learned that because our house didn't have proper ventilation, it was even worse because the ozone levels were building up and not getting out. We called
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to come out to put in a different air cleaner and fix our ventilation issue. They were extremely slow to even return our call, and when they finally did, it was to tell us they were busy, and were just calling to set up a time to call us back in another week. Meanwhile, as a sever allergy sufferer trying to recover from the ozone issue (which resulted in 20% loss of income working at home as a freelancer in the months we had the air cleaner), I had no working air cleaner in place in my home and could not get them to come out. When they finally did make it out there, they were extremely late. They looked at everything and I informed them that the product they sold us was not what they told us it was (citing info from the EPA, consumer reports, Yale University, etc.) and that as distributors, they should know what they are selling customers. The guy who came out knew all about what proper ventilation was supposed to be, and that made me wonder why he hadn't ever advised us to have them put in t=in the first place--wasn't he supposed to be the expert? I had to research this extensively to figure it out and only did so to try to figure out how I got so sick and how to keep that from ever happening again. Anyhow, he promised to call me back in the next few days to make a plan for coming back out and getting everything fixed. He told me they wouldn't pay for a new air cleaner though. I was so desperate to just have a
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filter put in with no ozone and proper ventilation I just agreed. But then....he never called back. I tried calling again. emailed. Left messages. And nothing. Obviously, I have not wasted any more time with them and have moved on to a different company. Good riddance.
- Arika E.
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My heating oil forced air heating stopped working today.I couldn't figure out the problem so I called
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& Cooling (recommended by Hacketstown Oil) around 4pm the technician came out about 40 minutes later on a Saturday afternoon. I was thrilled. He replaced the oil pump and the heating is up and running again.
Very nice professional technician. I will definitely use them again.
- Holger B.
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My heater stopped working. The technician came and identified the problem - the gas valve need to change in order to fix the issue. Prices is a bit expensive but overall service was good. Thanks!

- Rui L.
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The technicians were top notch. They showed up on time and performed the required tasks. I would highly recommend them.
- Christopher P.

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A K Remodeling and Design Services

40 N Plains Industrial Rd
Wallingford

Accurate Oil Burner Service LLC

334 W Elm St
Deep River

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

AppliancePartsPros.com

16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

B & S PLUMBING & HEATING,LLC

61 Walnut Street
Ivoryton

Baybrook Remodelers Inc

824 Boston Post Rd
West Haven

Bentley Heating & Air Conditioning LLC

1179 Boston Post Rd
Westbrook

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

Bob's Plumbing & Heating

38 Fish Plain Rd
Clinton

CHARTER OAK ENVIRONMENTAL LLC

350 Naugatuck Ave
Milford

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

2405 Orchard Crest Blvd

CONNECTICUT CONTROLS CORP

18 INDUSTRIAL PARK RD
Centerbrook

Cornwall Plumbing & Heating, LLC

366 Furnace Brook Rd.
Cornwall Bridge

DuctMint

25 Fieldstone Drive
Easton

ECS-Aeroseal

519 Heritage Rd Suite 1B
Southbury

Elias Plus Services

1204 Main St
Branford

EnergyPRZ

31 Old Route 7
Brookfield

Ferencz and Co

PO Box 110601
Trumbull

Frontline Plumbing

129 Miller Ave.
Meriden

Godwin Plumbing and Heating

204 Westbrook Rd
Essex

J.J. Sullivan Inc

229 River St
Guilford

JJL ELECTRIC LLC

328 MAIN ST
Deep River

John C Fiderio & Sons Inc

687 Broad St
Meriden

Knight Fuel Oil

1138 Hancock Avenue
Bridgeport

LALIBERTE ELECTRIC LLC

PO Box 730
Old Saybrook

Lowe's Air Duct Cleaning

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Mirando Plumbing LLC

56 Elliott Dr
Plantsville

MULL BROTHERS INC

61 BEAVER RD
Wethersfield

NEW ENGLAND SMART ENERGY

34 Sherman Court
Fairfield

Odyssey Historic Construction LLC

204 East Main St
Clinton

One Way Plumbing & Heating Inc

531 Mount Parnassus Rd
East Haddam

P L Canestri Plumbing & Heating

2346 Boston Post Rd
Guilford

PFC Gas Services

165 Capitol Ave
Hartford

Phoenix East Construction, LLC

25 S End Rd
East Haven

PolyService Mechanical LLC

197 Roger Williams Rd
Bridgeport

Powers Generator Service

5 Business Center Dr

QUALITY PROPANE

359 E MAIN ST
Clinton

R & B AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING

18 GRAVES AVE
Guilford

R. E. GODWIN & SONS LLC

2 Earl St Ext
Centerbrook

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Rld Heating And Cooling Inc

PO Box 832
Killingworth

Roger Crampton LLC

236 Shore Rd
Old Lyme

Sapia Builders, LLC

1 Willow Point
Essex

Superior Fuel Inc.

240 Railroad Hill St
Waterbury

Superior Plus Energy Services

7 YOUNGSFIELD RD.
New Milford

Tuxis_Ohr's Fuel

80 Britannia Street
Meriden

Valley Oil

36 Brownstone Ave
Portland

VI Mechanical

1022 Elm Street
Rocky Hill

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Wilcox Energy

1179 Boston Post Road
Westbrook

WORLDWIDE FILTERS LLC

3318 Pagosa Ct

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