Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 14 to 18 of 18
  1. #14
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    853
    Either prepare to DIY start to finish or contract out for a complete system. Buying components online and expecting a contractor to do the rest isn't the way to go IMHO.

    I did the former for about 1/3 the cost of the quotes I was given. I couldn't be happier but this isn't a DIY forum so I'll end it at that.

  2. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Posts
    2,922

    Yes it is a practice

    Actually, I think "practice" is a very descriptive term for this trade. The equipment we install are not appliances and the end product quality is a direct consequence of the experience of the installer.
    Would you want a system put in by someone on their first day?
    Would you want a system put in by "I have been doing this for 30 years..it will work" (We cut those roof trusses all the time, )
    or would you want the installer who practices his trade by taking pride in their work and making the next install look better, perform better and apply lessons learned?

  3. #16
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    149
    I'ev bought auto parts at the dealer then taken them elsewhere for installation (and not gotten their warranty) but I wouldn't try that with anything else.

  4. #17
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Haymarket VA
    Posts
    642
    1600 SQ F
    3 ton ? good Manual J

  5. #18
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    The Twilight Zone
    Posts
    2,964
    Quote Originally Posted by davefr View Post
    Either prepare to DIY start to finish or contract out for a complete system. Buying components online and expecting a contractor to do the rest isn't the way to go IMHO.

    I did the former for about 1/3 the cost of the quotes I was given. I couldn't be happier but this isn't a DIY forum so I'll end it at that.

    I bought my new Goodman heat pump from an A1-rated Goodman supplier that sells direct to the public (no internet, I picked the system up at his warehouse). I specified what I wanted (fixed speed fan in air handler, txv, made certain that system was a match). Paid a pro to install it before the busy summer season. Saved almost the present year in $$ (can't post pricing). So far I am very happy.

    A co-worker did even better. We installed his outside unit and a/c coil. He paid a pro to purge and braze the refrigerant lines. He saved more than half the cost of the conventional route.

    I scrapped the old copper and aluminum coils for $53.

    It can be done. I would't buy it over the internet as the mfr provides no warranty.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Comfortech Show Promo Image

Related Forums

Plumbing Talks | Contractor Magazine
Forums | Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) Magazine
Comfortech365 Virtual Event