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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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came in initially, by asking questions, he made sure he understood what I thought the issue was and what I was expecting of him. We determined that the furnace needed to be replaced by discussing all the alternatives. Then he determined the size of the new furnace based on the layout of the house, number of furnace vents and intakes, and a discussion about how cold it gets in our area. He determined that the old furnace was actually too large for the house and recommended a slightly smaller furnace. His bid was lower than two other quotes. When the installers came to the house to do the work, they (
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) were pleasant, professional, punctual and clean. They did a great job explaining everything that they were doing and why. They completed the install within 15 minutes of when they predicted. The furnace room was cleaned up, and they oriented us to the new furnace and all the components. Within 2 weeks
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the owner of the company came back, personally inspected the install, discussed how it was working, took time to answer all our questions, and went out of his way to make sure we were happy with the whole process. He then asked for feedback about what they could do better. We struggled to come up with anything constructive. It is uncommon to find people this customer oriented and professional. We asked for cards so that we had them to give out when friends or neighbors had issues that
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- Dan S.
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The provider was very polite and worked hard to do a good job. He helped us understand the system we had and was highly professional throughout the visit.
- Christopher H.
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provided us with excellent service. He installed a unit on a Friday night because i was having a party and had to have heat. I would highly recommend him to anyone. This is our second time using them and both times we were extremely satisfied .
- Dawn S.
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Returned my calls promptly to schedule the appointment and showed up on time. They were pleasant and professional. Replaced my furnace filter for a reasonable additional cost.
Very pleased.
- Julie L.
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Excellent service. Excellent Trane equipment. Shopped around - RBP installs Trane systems for less cost than many competitors. Approx. three years ago, RBP replaced our downstairs unit with a new Trane, as well. They provided superior service and equipment on that occasion, as well. Technicians are efficient, clean and courteous.
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I was happy with the service overall (it's taken me >6 months to write a review), had a good feeling about the guy who came out - I believe it is his company. Seemed honest/trustworthy. I've had my reservations about some of the bigger players in the area for HVAC so I feel more comfortable working with one or two people rather than a revolving door of techs, etc.. I had a fair amount of sticker shock about the cost of R22 at $125 per lb. but it seems that is just
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forces at play. I felt the capacitor replacement was a bit on the expensive side at $195, but it's probably not out of line with what other providers charge.
- Michael G.
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The boiler had 2 issues - a dripping pressure relief valve and a chattering gas valve. The unit was still operational so it was not an urgent call.
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, the owner, came out to to diagnose the problem. He determined that the pressure was high due to a bad expansion tank (bladder was shot and tank full of water). He also said that the chattering of the gas valve was an indication that is was going to fail soon. We discussed cost of replacing the unit, compared to the ballpark estimate for repair, but there was no hard sell. I decided to get it repaired.
The job was scheduled for a week or so later. The technician that came out with the needed parts and went right to work. He replaced the pressure expansion tank, the gas valve, the thermal couple, auto bleeder and adjusted the pressure settings.
In addition, since we had the system drained I asked him to remove one of the old cast iron radiators in preparation for a remodel project. This was incremental work that added an hour or two of labor to the bill, but it really helped me out.
Bottom line - the initial diagnosis was correct, the cost was in line with the ballpark estimate, both
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and the tech were knowledgeable, courteous, professional and a pleasure to deal with. I will use them again and recommend them highly.
The boiler is running like a champ - no drips, no chattering and plenty of heat.
- TIMOTHY P.
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Absolutely horrible experience. Complete lack of professionalism. Does not finish work in timely manner nor bother to clean up. Poor installation of equipment and actually had to hire another company to fix some issues. Please do not even consider Hiring this company for anything unless you want to end up paying more than you expect and want to deal with all kinds of issues.
- Tal K.

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1st Choice Auto and Fleet

16080 Rogers Rd
Culpeper

A-CO Heating and Cooling LLC

6274 AL Philpott Hwy
Martinsville

Access Heating and Air, LLC

5908 Cambridge Drive
Fredericksburg

Air Mechanix

205 Johnny Mercer Blvd

Air Novations LLC

14420 Dowden Downs Dr
Haymarket

Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning

8508-A Glazebrook Avenue
Henrico

Aire Serv of the Shenandoah Valley

425 N Cameron St
Winchester

All-Star Duct Cleaning

PO Box 2456
Manassas

Alliance Air & Duct Inc

10301 Hull Street Road
Midlothian

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

Apex Appliance Service and Repair LLC

56 Mahareen Drive
Chester

Appleton Campbell

100 E Franklin St
Warrenton

AppliancePartsPros.com

16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

Arctic Air Refrigeration Inc

702 N Commerce Ave
Front Royal

ARS / Rescue Rooter Manassas - 9201

9070 Euclid Ave
Manassas

Atlantic Duct Cleaning

22875 Bryant Ct, Suite 120
Sterling

ATLAS LC, Heating & Air Conditioning

12818 Fitzwater Dr
Nokesville

B & S Mechanical Service inc.

180 Roberts Rd.
Toms Brook

B&D Heating and Cooling

1484 Markham St
Front Royal

Blanca's Remodleing

303 Sunbury Ln
Stafford

BLAUCH BROTHERS INC

911 CHICAGO AVE
Harrisonburg

BOIES HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING LLC

94 JENKINS HILL RD
Bentonville

Buracker Construction

2594 Stonewall Jackson Hwy
Bentonville

C B Lucas - Plumbing, Heating & AC Experts

17549 Old Stage Coach Rd
Dumfries

Cambridge Companies

2509 Valley Ave
Winchester

CAMPBELL'S

738 HUNTINGTON TRAIL
Cascade

Carl Plumbing & Electrical LLC

32 Celebrity Ln
Fishersville

CARY HEATING & AIR COND

247 LARKIN RIDGE RD
Front Royal

Coalfield Services Incorporated

2942 Peppers Ferry Rd
Wytheville

Cutting Edge Mechanical Corporation

11921 Freedom Drive Suite 550
Reston

D & H HEATING & COOLING

31 BECKWITH DR
Front Royal

Dan River Heating & Cooling

3178 Twin Arch Dr.
Danville

Dans Construction Services,LLC

449 Harmony Ln.
Edinburg

DAVE'S DIVERSIFIED SVC

195 North Commerce Ave.
Front Royal

Davis Davis Davis & Davis

35 East Court St
Rocky Mount

Davis HVAC Svcs

37297 Half Staff Ct
Greenbackville

Dawson & Garza Mech

PO Box 899
Amelia Court House

Discount Propane Services

6316 Five Mile Center #300
Fredericksburg

Dzinbild

14980 Davis Rd
Church Road

Eagle Home Services

702 S Kent St
Winchester

ECR Plumbing and Heating

2215 Plank Rd
Fredericksburg

Environment Control LLC

1788 Tilletson Pl
Woodbridge

EUROTECH CHIMNEY RESTORATION

5703 CHARLES CITY CIR
Henrico

Freedom Mechanical of Virginia, Inc.

1130 International Pkwy
Fredericksburg

GARNETT REFRIGERATION

9821 COURTHOUSE RD
Spotsylvania

GENE'S PLUMBING SERVICE INC

140 LORA DR
Woodstock

Glover Enterprises Inc

300 Chatham Heights Road
Fredericksburg

GPR Handyman Service

2908 Jasmine St.

Greg's Heating & Air Conditioning

115 Broad Run Road
Bentonville

HALLS RENOVATION

15 Downing Farm Rd
Front Royal

HAWKINS HEATING & COOLING

PO BOX 2875
Winchester

Hayes Htg & A/C

1204 Ewell Street
Front Royal

J&J Painting

1660 Happy Creek Rd
Front Royal

JES Foundation Repair

569 Central Dr
Virginia Beach

L&G Quality Service LLC

4018 Woodland RD
Annandale

LARRY DYE'S HEATING & COOLING

3449 STEELSBURG HWY
Cedar Bluff

LM cook Heating & Cooling

147 Lindsay Ln
Wytheville

M & M Quality Services

2367 Poplar Rd
Fredericksburg

MANSFIELD SALES & REPAIR INC

5215 E OAK ISLAND DR

Michael & Son Services Inc

5740 General Washington Dr
Alexandria

Mike J's Custom Sheet Metal

4156 Tabor Place
Pulaski

Mountain Air Heating & Cooling

1205 S Main St
Woodstock

Mountain Valley Home Comfort Inc

2064 Old Valley Pike
New Market

Murphy Family Electric

500 North Washington St
Alexandria

NS HEATING AND COOLING INC

14810 Build America Dr
Woodbridge

OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc.

7220 Telegraph Square Drive
Lorton

Old Dominion Environmental, Inc.

840 N. Kent Street, STE 6
Winchester

ORTTS ELECTRIC INC

116 B NORTH HIGH STREET
Edinburg

P W Stilwell Plumbing & Heating Inc.

13482 Stilwell Ln
Brandy Station

Parrish Services Inc

7865 Coppermine Dr
Manassas

Philco Mechanical Services LLC

1367 Millertown Rd
Edinburg

Power Solutions

2409 Lebanon Rd

PROJECT PRO LLC

625 Bellview Avenue

Pullin Electric Inc

7509 Gary Rd
Manassas

QUARLES ENERGY SVC

195 N COMMERCE AVE
Front Royal

RCI Services

3743 Shannon Hill Rd
Columbia

Redford and Sons

611 W Carolina Ave
Crewe

Redlaw Mechanical, Inc

2798 White Chapel Road
Lancaster

Redmond's Plumbing & Electrical, Inc.

630 Crabbetown Road
Heathsville

Remodel USA

605 Hampton Park Blvd

Renewable Engineered Systems

22 East Church Street
Martinsville

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Revere Gas

PO Box 100
Hartfield

Riddleberger Brothers Inc

6127 S Valley Pike
Mount Crawford

RONNIE ANDREWS HEATING & AIR

287 Mitchell Drive, PO Box 733
Front Royal

Royal Heating & Air Conditioning

PO Box 1082
Front Royal

Singh Construction

206 Back River Neck Rd

Southers Electrical Services

813 Osborne Rd.
Farmville

Sowinski Tile & Marble

127 Industrial Blvd
Toano

Sunfire Energy Solutions

301 E. Stephens Street

The Auto Clinic At Longhill

4166 Longhill Rd
Williamsburg

TLC Services, LLC

6649 Garland Dr Unit 2
Warrenton

Total Energy Focus

3113 Valley Ave
Winchester

Twin Air

3045 Browntown Rd
Front Royal

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Winchester Foreign & Domestic

3070 Shawnee Dr
Winchester

WORLDWIDE FILTERS LLC

3318 Pagosa Ct

Wortman Mechanical LLC

19004 Industrial Road
Culpeper

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