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On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Chris Cunningham of Service Plus about how to properly maintain and care for your home heating system.
So your home's air conditioning has quit, but the heater is still working. Learn why replacing both at the same time can save you cash and maximize efficiency.
Dear Angie: How do you determine the right size furnace? Should I do a home energy audit first? — Kate W., Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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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$50 credit for services at time of inspection was not used for any services.
Service provider was nice, thoughtful, and provided good advice for potential problems and remedies for those problems.
Quote for a new water heater plus install were a bit high, as well as the additional plumbing work needed.
Will shop around for better deals.
Some things they spotted are
Some of the items would be costly to accomplish, and are a good warning to us if we buy another house. The house doesn't appear to have had an insulating
One (I cannot remember the name) and am already a prime customer with them.
There were differences in what each wanted to do. Since I did not know what was right, I asked for some help.
I just happen to work for a firm that has mechanical engineers in it. I asked & one came home with me at lunch to see what I have & gave me his opinion of what was needed, based on equipment, duct sizes, size of the house, calculations, etc.
His recommendations matched exactly with what
So, I had
Re-design the supply & return system to allow air to flow better;
Add a extra 14" air return with new grille using insulated flex duct (it pulls air from the house back into the HVAC system) and a new metal return box wrapped in insulation;
Replace the old fiberglass board return box (where I put the A/C filter at) with a new metal box that is wrapped in insulation;
Replace the old return flex duct with new insulated flex duct;
Replace the old fiberglass board supply box (that sits on top of the blower & gas furnace with a new longer metal box wrapped in insulation;
Add a 2nd 8" supply (insulated flex duct) to a room that was always cold in the winter;
Replace an existing 6" supply with a new 8" supply using insulated flex duct;
Installed a 5" thick filter that needs replaced once a year. so that I would not have to keep replacing filters at the return vent grille;
They also said they would add a missing water sensor in the tray that the gas furnace sits in, in case the drain clogs & the tray fills up with water & overflows onto the ceiling below.
They missed doing 2 things, but only because the person who wrote down the installation orders misunderstood and did not fill it in correctly.
They also showed up later than expected to get started on the work.
I called them about the missed work and being late.
I got a call from the man-in-charge of their installation & repair people...he was the one who had come to my home to give me the original quote. He apologized several times for both the lateness and the missed work.
They immediately came back & did the work that had not been done.
They even replaced the old yellowed return grille with a new one at no charge.
I then looked at their work & noticed that there was a gap in the sealing tape between the gas furnace & blower box sitting on top of the furnace, which was allowing hot air to blow into the attic. I had some tape for sealing ductwork but just in case it was not the correct type to use, I called
One of the things that I had told the person from
I will be forever grateful for this system & the repairs they made. It has only been a few weeks since completion, but I am already seeing a difference in air flow, how much less dust I see collecting on things and how fresh the air smells. Even my sister noticed when she visited last weekend. By removing the 20-year old fiberboard boxes, installing a 5" thick filer and the new type of clean air system, it has made a large difference in the comfort of my home.
Though there were a few glitches, I considered them minor. For me, it was much more important to have the work done correctly using proper materials. Having had their work inspected by myself, the County Inspector (who was very happy with their work) and another mechanical engineer look at what they did, I am very pleased with what I got. I will not have to worry about shotty workmanship or materials, bad work or work not done to code.
The work they did is impeccable and solid. They cleaned the floor after they cut a new hole in the wall for the new return grille and other places that had gotten something on the floor during their work.
I fully plan to keep using them to do maintenance on my HVAC system and am very pleased with the work they did.
a couple of days and then stop working. He came back twice and could not fix the problem. He then disappeared and could not be reached. When I called he kept promising on the phone that he would come back to fix it but never return. His invoice states that the warranty is 5 years part and compressor and 1 year labor. I had to pay another company to fix the problem. If it wasn't for my health I would take this guy to the small claim court to get my money back. I still have the invoices for both the work that he charged me and the work that another company had to fix it for him.
This guy is un-professional and a rookie. If you want to waste your money and time then use him.
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