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Old 02-09-13, 04:02 PM
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Shopping -- need help

I just got a bid of $8800 for
. 80,000 btu 96% 2 stage variable speed furnace and
. 16 seer 3 ton r410a a/c
. Humidifier and 90+% filter system included.
Live in MN
1st time I've ever shopped for this stuff and have absolutely no idea whether this is a good price. Or if they saw me coming.
Can anybody offer an opinion?
 
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Old 02-09-13, 04:56 PM
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In MN, I wouldn't spend the extra money on a 16 SEER air conditioner. The standard 13 or 14 SEER will do well. Do not let anybody install a 90+% efficient furnace in an unconditoned space such as an attic.
 
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Old 02-09-13, 05:03 PM
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Thank you for the quick response -- all the input I can get will help.
The furnace will be installed in the basement "utility"room.
Thanks again.
 
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Old 02-09-13, 05:31 PM
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Check with friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. about whom they've had do similar work & their experience with that contractor. We often get questions about "what's the best brand of equipment". Installation is FAR more important than is the brand of equipment. I'd rather have the "cheapest" equipment, installed by the best installer than the "best" equipment installed poorly. The vast majority of premature problems are directly traceable to installation.
 
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Old 02-10-13, 07:08 AM
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Get quotes from at least 3 different contractors. Ask for references.
 
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Old 02-27-13, 03:39 PM
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Finally, a decision! Ended up with 3 bids and a lot of feedback from neighbors and co-workers, as suggested by Grady.
Decided on the configuration described on my Feb 9 post, excluding the 90+% filtering system.
I followed the comment about 16 SEER not being needed in MN, but after the (higher) utility company rebates for 16 vs 13 or 14, the higher SEER was almost free.
Final cost was $2300 less than 1st bid. That was gafter a call to the "finalist" asking for his best price, which saved another $500.
Thanks, guys. Hopefully I won't be back talking about HVAC, but maye I'll be looking for some woodworking tips -- or offering some. Who knows?
 
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Old 02-27-13, 06:26 PM
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If you could get the higher SEER for virtuallly free, that's good.
 
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Old 02-28-13, 03:58 PM
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Grady,
Thank you for the "atta boy".
Final cost came down even more today with a new rebate from the manufacturer.
If this keeps happening, they'll end up paying me to install the system.
Thanks again.
 
 

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