When it’s time to replace your HVAC equipment, one of the most daunting aspects of the process is often finding a company to trust. No matter how many companies you call to provide proposals, every HVAC quote says something different. And the prices … how can there be hundreds – thousands of dollars in difference?
We have a few tips for you to learn how to read an HVAC quote, and go into the process making an informed decision.
Look for equipment details
HVAC has two components to it: equipment and labor. Even though you may not understand the differences between furnace or air conditioner manufacturers, you should still be quoted based on the exact equipment you’ll be purchasing. This gives you a chance to do a little research if you so desire. Look for brands like Amana, Carrier, Lennox, Rheem, or Trane.
HVAC quotes should also contain model numbers, SEER ratings, and other identifying information to help you make an informed decision. This allows you to dig a little deeper on the manufacturer’s website, as well as compare systems. Look for reviews to see how other homeowners like the different brands, keeping in mind that you’ll always find a handful of negatives for everything you search for. Look for a consensus. You can also give us a call with all of your questions.
Consider all of your options
Sometimes it makes sense to replace furnaces and air conditioners together. But a hard sale is never okay. If you find an HVAC company pushing you towards all-or-nothing quotes, that should be your warning sign.
Manufacturers of heating and cooling systems create their products to work in conjunction with one another. To gain the highest efficiency and longevity, matching the two systems together often provides you with the best results. But this isn’t always right for you.
A good HVAC company will help you run the numbers. They will make suggestions based on the age and condition of your current equipment, and provide you with options for replacement. Then they allow you to decide based on your circumstances and budget.
Heating and cooling brands provide factory warranties on all equipment installed. But to receive the warranty, it will have to be registered properly. Ask the HVAC company in charge of activating it – it’s not always automatic with an HVAC company.
And while factory warranties cover problems with the equipment, they don’t cover labor charges. Sometimes HVAC companies provide labor warranties as well with their installations, to ensure you don’t have trouble with it a few months after installation. Be sure you have this in writing too.
Here’s where it can get a little complicated. HVAC companies know it’s easy to compare line items for equipment. They can tuck in hidden fees into “value added” line items.
If you don’t know what it means, call them on it. Ask questions until you’re satisfied with the answers. And if you feel it in your gut that someone is holding something back, they probably are.
Still have a question? Just call. We’re here to help you with all of your HVAC needs.