After reading many threads, I have noticed that most of you say the key factor in a good HVAC job is finding the right contractor. This is where I am having problems. I have called about 20-25 contractors from the phone book, looking to get estimates for a complete heating and AC overhaul (installing a furnace, AC and complete duct work). I have left lots of messages on answering machines but only had three contractors actually come to my house and two of the three seemed awful. They guestimated unit sizes and didn't ask for or take any measurements. The one contractor that seemed somewhat on the ball, I cannot get in touch with anymore. Does anyone know of a reliable contractor in North Jersey??
Another question I have is: How good is the HVAC-Calc software that is available through this forum?? I purchased a home owner license to do my own load calculations since one contractor quoted me for a 5 ton AC unit while another quoted me for a 3 ton. I did my own calculations using this software and it said my total heat gain was 23000 BTU (2 ton).
I am rather frustrated so any help will be encouraging right now!