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Are you thinking about installing a new furnace? The following price considerations can help you determine the best furnace for your home, and save money too.
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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!
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.
A NATE Certified Mechanical Contractor.
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recently experienced a duct work failure at my home. The duct work for
the HVAC system in my crawlspace had collapsed. The home still has a
buyer's warranty so I filed a claim with my warranty company. After some
back and forth with the warranty company and the quote from my chosen
contractor, they elected to have ****** Heat and ****** Air from Waco,
KY bid the job. The warranty company chose to move forward with ******
Heat and ****** Air and agreed to cover $2500 of a nearly $4000 quote.
****** Heat and ****** Air completed their evaluation on October 9th and
the entire repair took one month and 2 days. It was completed on
November 11th. The experience with this contractor was horrible. If I
had been able to go with any other choice, I would have fired them after
the first week on the job. There are many major issues we experienced.
The owner, *** ******, contacted me by phone to discuss arrangements and
required payment of my portion up front. I found this suspicious,
however, he was not getting the full amount, as the warranty company's
portion is only payable on completing of the work. This was on a Friday
and he assured me that someone would be by on Monday to begin tear out
of the old ductwork. No one appeared until Wednesday and only after I
called and pressured Mr. ****** about when someone would arrive. A
technician arrived that day, went under the house for approximately 15
minutes and then came back and asked if they had priced the job yet. I
remind him, somewhat gruffly, that I had already paid for the job. He
seemed confused and left, saying he would be back shortly. I never saw
anyone again that day. This would be a running theme throughout the job.
Two technicians returned the next day, stayed for 2 hours of work and
left with no explanation. Each time a technician would arrive, they
would leave with either no explanation or saying they were going to get
materials. They also never called to say when they were coming, just
arrived at random times. During week 1, technicians were only present
two days for a total of 5 hours of work. This required constant daily
contact on my part with Mr. ******. Whenever I would ask when workers
would be arriving, Mr. ****** was evasive or ambiguous. This process
continued the first 2 weeks of the job with technicians only being
present 2 days each week.
During the second week, some major issues were experienced. I work night
shift and my wife is home alone on weekend nights. A worker had been at
my house on Friday for a few hours tearing out ductwork. At 10:45pm
that night, the worker returned unannounced , pulled his vehicle into
the front yard, and shut the lights off. My wife, being home alone,
became frightened and phoned the police. The issue was cleared up, but I
consider this a serious violation of my property and privacy. The
workers did not drive marked work vehicles with a business logo and
always arrived in different vehicles. My wife had no idea who this was,
as it was a different vehicle from earlier that day.
During the third week, I gained some insight as to why things were so
awry with this company. One of the employees had not been paid for
nearly a months worth of work. He showed up at my property trying to
find *** ******. I asked him what the problem was and he revealed to me
text messages between him and the owner, regarding my propeorty and job,
that showed many internal problems at this company. The other employees
verified his claims.
1. None of the employees had been paid for their work in nearly a month,
some longer. Therefore, many were refusing to work. They are no
supplied gas and are required to pay their own expenses.
2.Employees are not paid overtime, yet often are required to work as
late as 11pm.
3. The text messages showed that this employee had been told to leave my
property to go to other jobs. The messages from the owner explicitly
instructed the employee to lie about this fact, saying he was leaving to
get materials. Other employees verified that this is why they left as
4. The owner requires payment upfront because they have no general funds
with which to purchase materials. Payments from one job are used to
finance other jobs.
I realized they given these internal issues, my job would be constantly
pushed back and no real progress would be made. I notified Mr. ******
and the warranty company that I would be contacting a lawyer to
abritrate a settlement for completion of work, if the job was not
completed by the end of October. This is when Mr. ****** assigned a
technician named ***** to the job. ***** was an excellent technician,
but still had trouble completing the work as Mr. ****** frequently sent
him to other jobs in areas of the state up to 3 hours away. It was
explained to me, that in order to keep the business running, Mr. ******
was constantly accepting jobs he did not have adequate staff to meet.
Thanks to ***** the work was completed within a more reasonable time
frame, but this required him and his assistants to often come at the end
of the day and work until as late as 10-11pm. No employee or customer
should be subjected to work well after business hours. This was an
imposition on our home life, as well as the home lives of the employees
required to keep this schedule.
There is no way I could ever recommend ****** Heat and ****** Air to
anyone in the Central and Eastern Kentucky region. After looking over
the records I kept of this job, it required approximately 36 hours of
labor. This job could have realistically been completed within a
timeframe of 4-5 full time days. However, this became stretched over
nearly 33 days during which the coldest weather of our season began. The
duct work and heat were operational by Nov. 3. We were left with three
small tasks: 1. A rusted
needed refrigerant . 3. The trash needed picked up. It took near daily
messages requesting these jobs be completed. At each inquiry Mr. ******
would be evasive or ambiguous or sometimes send nonsensical answers to
my messages. These tasks were completed on Nov. 11th after 7 days of
pressuring the owner to complete the work. I requested that I keep all
scrap metal from the job to recycle, therefore I separated it out into a
different area of the property. Mr. ****** arrived with no notice while
we were gone, picked up the trash, and proceeded to take some of the
metal I requested to keep.
1. Horrible communication
2. The owner lied frequently about when workers would arrive. Either
they would arrive at times other than stated or would not arrive at all.
The owner even once told me that the technician was five hours late
because his son was sick. When I inquired with concern to the
technician, he said that was a lie. They had acctually been sent to
3. Horrible management of time and resources. Employees pulled from
jobs, shuffled between jobs in an attempt to appease and stall
4. Poor working conditions for the employees.
5. Very slow service. A reviewer on another site suggested the company
6. Blaming employees for problems. Any critique was met by blaming the
employee that the work wasn't being done. Everyone knows this is the
sign of a poor manager and contractor.
Please do not hire this contractor.
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