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did a great job for me and my family. I was away on business when my wife called and told me the AC was out in the middle of the summer."
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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.

Doug
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Hvac reviews in Saratoga

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We needed a complete home A/C install.
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Air stayed within the quoted price and did an excellent job. We are very happy with the work done.
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Purchased $75 "Deal" through Angie's list for
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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.

- Anuj K.
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Services provided a summary of the changes we could make to improve the energy efficiency of our home. They broke the list down so that we could determine the relative cost and potential benefit from these changes. Some of these we can do ourselves, others require more specialized skills.
Some things they spotted are
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fixes, such as add a thermal jacket around the hot water heater, turn a fan on in a closed-off room during the coldest days of winter to reduce condensation on the glass. Some included adding vent "shoes" in the attic to keep the vents to the outdoors from getting covered up with insulation. The incoming air blew the insulation away from the eves and the corners of our exterior rooms, leaving the corners of our rooms a place for heat to escape in the winter. Adding the shoes and restoring the insulation makes our house more energy efficient.
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
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applied between the foundation and the floor sill. So the edges of our floors along the exterior of the house are very cold in the winter. To correct would be pretty costly.
- Steve T.
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had a technician at my house during the time promised. I received a phone call when the technician was on his way. The company was courteous and very professional. The technician explained and showed me the problem, and made all necessary repairs.
- Joe R.
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Mr.
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responds quickly and always fixes the problem. I also oversee the maintenance of 2 other family residences, and he has dealt with major issues on both those HVAC systems. I found him a few years ago when another service provider could not fix my mother's A/C in mid-summer. Mr.
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diagnosed & fixed the problem on his 1st visit. He's very pleasant and always willing to explain to me what he's doing. I can't say enough good things.
- Georgia P.
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The problem was that, according to 3 different companies, I had one air return to the A/C system of about half in size of what the system needed. I had quotes from 2 different companies to give my their solution & a quote for the work:
One (I cannot remember the name) and
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because I 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
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wanted to do. He very much disagreed with what the other person wanted to do.
So, I had
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do the work, which included:
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
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and asked for advice. I told them what tape I had and they said it was not code to use that tape for that application. Even though this was in an area they did not work on, they came out, removed the old tape & replaced it with new tape, as required by building code.
One of the things that I had told the person from
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as he was giving me his quote was that I had a lot of sinus infections in 2014. As a way to apologize for their mistakes, they installed, at no charge, a new type of clean air system that uses a cold plasma field to break down &
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germs, viruses, bacteria & other pathogens. It also makes smaller particles cling together so that the 5" filter can catch everything else.
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.


- gary G.
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is the owner of the company. He was supposed to replace one of the A/C unit. After he replaced the A/C unit, it worked for
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.
- Debby L.
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All arrangements were handled by
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. The actual work was done well and in a few days and we have had no problems with the boiler or hot water heater since they were installed. The whole process from contract signing through permits, installation, and inspections took longer than expected due to conflicts with other projects and delays with the permit process.
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- David F.

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