Hey guys, great site here just a quick question for the group. I've gotten estimates for a new AC system from 2 companies. I'm in florida. Both companies gave me almost the exact same recommendations, but at very different prices.
Both are selling a Carrier 25HBC5 with a FV4CNB006T00 air handler. I've been told (and confirmed on my own) that it is a single stage condenser with a variable speed blower at 16 seer. In addition to that both are going to replace the lines and install a new condenser pad and hurricane straps.
The difference is that one company (company A) is nate certified and the other (company B) is not. Company A has a longer warranty as well. Seems like an easy decision so far, but it's the price that is getting me. Company A is charging about 40% more than company B.
Is a nate certified company worth that much of a difference?
Company A is also trying to upsell some extra stuff like a higher end thermostat and UV light purification system. And really trying to sell me on their annual maintenance program. Not too big a deal, it's just a salesman talking, but I don't really like that kind of vibe either.