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  1. #1
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    Which is the best price?

    Hi everyone,

    I just got 3 offers from three different contractors, one of them had a F rating on the BBB site, so I threw it out, now the last two came at a $ difference.
    They are both to replace the inside and outside unit, since my AC is 25 years old and I'm spending WAYY too much on electricity.

    Offer 1:
    - Trane, 3.0 Unit. 16 Seer unit. Installed.

    Offer 2:
    - Trane, 3.0 Unit. 16 Seer unit. Installed.
    - Pipe that drains out water will include a hose connector in case of clogs
    - Surge protector
    - Another type of protector that prevent electricity spikes every time the unit turns to save energy.

    I don't know if the extras are really worth it $ in the long run.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks
    Last edited by beenthere; 07-17-2012 at 12:44 PM. Reason: Price differences

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    You should delete all the pricing, no pricing "per rules".
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  3. #3
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    Sorry, thanks

  4. #4
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    Did either one do a load calculation? The first way to save energy is to have a unit properly sized. A unit that runs continously at design conditions and above can use as much as 20-30% less energy than one that cycles on an off and will control humidity better and be quieter on the same ductwork as a older larger unit.

    If oyu've added any insulation or sealed air leaks, etc. in your home the last 25 years, you might not need as large of a unit as you have now.

  5. #5
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    Hi,

    Yes contractor two sized the unit. I just moved in into this property, and I will need to test for air leaks. My current AC is also 3.0 ton.

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    Model #s to be sure they are quoting like units?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnr5 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I just got 3 offers from three different contractors, one of them had a F rating on the BBB site, so I threw it out, now the last two came at a $ difference.
    They are both to replace the inside and outside unit, since my AC is 25 years old and I'm spending WAYY too much on electricity.

    Offer 1:
    - Trane, 3.0 Unit. 16 Seer unit. Installed.

    Offer 2:
    - Trane, 3.0 Unit. 16 Seer unit. Installed.
    - Pipe that drains out water will include a hose connector in case of clogs
    - Surge protector
    - Another type of protector that prevent electricity spikes every time the unit turns to save energy.

    I don't know if the extras are really worth it $ in the long run.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks
    Perhaps you can elaborate on accessorize items from # 2.

    Not sure how a hos connection on the condensate drain line could help.

    Another type of protector................?

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    This is the quote from contractor #2.

    Thank you!



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    That is a good setup ,i would get the 10 yr part and labor warranty Also make them provide a ahri sheet proving it is 16 seer

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    So you think all the extras this contractor is offering is well worth the $ diff ?
    Last edited by beenthere; 07-18-2012 at 04:42 PM. Reason: Price difference

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    Im curios as to what a factory start up is .the work he noted should be done as part of the install

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    Thats probably part of every set up

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