I need to have a new system installed. I have learned from this and other similar fora populated by HVAC professionals who express a desire to perform quality work that it's the installation - not the brand - that ensures the quality of the installation. Im am in the Houston area, specifically Deer Park. If the forum allows it, can someone recommend a contractor they would be comfortable with installing a system in their own home...it would be much appreciated.
I plead for that information because I am scared to death of getting into a "butchered job" situation and nobody wins in that scenario.
I am anything but a experienced AC person but when the original system failed after only 6 years of service (new home) I decided to install the new system myself - in those days one could purchase freon and hardware withoutout being a contractor - because there was no way I could do a worse job. I got a air conditioning manual and struck out on a new adventure. I wound up ripping every single component from the thermostat wires and ducts to the outside unit and the pad it sat on. I learned a lot in the process and the system is still running after 22 years so I couldn't have been too far off the mark. I said all that to say this...the knowledge and experience I gained is more than enough to make me "dangerous" but not nearly enough to make me an "expert". I'm afraid I will antagonize the contractor with questions and observation of their work in progress.
What do you pro's recommend..would you be offended if a customer was overly interested in the installation workmanship, up to and including questioning something that appeared quality deficient? Or, should I bite my tongue and stay totally out of the way.
All you need to do is to look at some of those (unbelievable) pictures of botched work in that other forum and you can see why I am asking about this. What can I reasonably do without being a pest to ensure my installation wouldn't be a candidate for your hall of shame?
If you don't think I'm completely out in left field, I'd much appreciate any feedback and especially the name of someone you would trust with your work.