I was just curious how much power you have to make changes from what the salesman planed once your on a job? There's always going to be some changes, typically they are small, but how about the big ones?
After this last job, I'm kind of at my wits end with some of these situations.
I've ran into a few problems where it became aparent once the job was started that what was planned was a very bad idea. So when I proposed to change things to things would work better and make life easier (for everyone not just me), I was shot down because "this is how it was planned". I pleaded my case, but no one wanted to listen, so I bit my lip and just did it the planned way.
I was just curious how you guys go about making these changes and getting them to be acted on, not just ignored.
Incase you are curious, here's the situation. Putting a heat pump in the upper floor of a decent sized house with the air handler in the attic, supply and returns in every room (3 bedrooms and 2 bath's, no returns in baths). Where it was planned, to access the AH you have to take the shelves down in the closet, climb through the access hole, walk around 7' until you are by the air handler. There's no "walkway" just room enough to step in the "V's" of the truss's. Now this was a PITA to install, it'll be even worse once you have to actually service the unit (not impossible, just a PITA) and to change the filer, you have to do this. I proposed to move it above the bathroom (other side of the house), right next to thier access hole with much more room due to truss layout. Sparky's didn't want to pull and exta 20-30' of wire, general wasn't dazzled by the idea of change and neither were the home owners even after I described the problems. I called the supervisor, explained things to him and was told to just go by the plan.
I was also told they wanted a 13 seer unit. I was told to use a 12 seer 2 ton heat pump with a 3 ton air handler (not variable speed). I'm new, but some how I don't see doing that raising the seer one point. Personally I think we should have put a 5 ton ahu in, could have bumped it up to a 15 seer lol.
Arg, such is life I guess, thanks for lettin me vent, and I'm anxious to see how to do some manipulating.
[Edited by amickracing on 01-02-2005 at 12:17 AM]