I live in Central New York and have received three estimates on a furnace replacement. All three estimates were about the same on price and all were single stage low 90 efficiency furnaces. I am having a difficult time deciding on which company to use.
The first estimate was an independent contractor (30 years) who showed up late to the estimate and took a week to give me a price, but came highly recommended by an HVAC employee at my work. This installer would install an American Standard furnace. He also would move the exhaust, which is exhausting onto the back deck and add a return, he also wanted to increase the size on the existing returns.
The second estimate was from an established company who showed up early to the estimate He never looked at the exhaust, but said he would relocate it after I pointed it out to him that it exhausted onto the deck. He said the ductwork looked good, but wanted to increase the size of the livingroom floor vent because the opening was too small. He would also add an electronic thermostat. It was a Tappan furnace with a 10 years parts/labor warranty, and a complete furnace replacement if anything breaks in the first 5 years. The estimator was very high pressure and offered me $800 off to make my decision while he was there which I declined.
The last estimate was an independent contractor (35 years). He said the ductwork was fine, but also wanted to increase the size of the livingroom floor vent. He said since the furnace doesn't usually run when you are outside on a deck, so he would just put an elbow on the exhaust to move it and keep snow from getting in. He would be installing a Coleman furnace. This contractor was more down to earth and less pushy than the other two.
I like the American Standard brand, but the contractor is an hour from my house and I am concerned about repairs/warranty. I like the Tappan warranty
and the fact its an established company close by to the house if there is an emergency repair, but I didn't like the high pressure. My father in law liked the last contractor because he seemed more concerned about the job than selling himself to us. I don't know how well the Tappan and Coleman furnaces compare to the American Standard brand.
Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.