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Old 06-27-2010, 08:09 AM
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Yesterday we got a quote for new HVAC system. Our home has a two unit system, so it will replace both units.

The quote came back to $11,960. We went to a neighbor's party last night and this came up and everyone said "that is wayyy to high!".

I'm curious, is this indeed too high? If so, where should we get another quote?

We are first time home owners and I really don't want to get taken advantage of.

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Old 06-27-2010, 08:16 AM
Location: Hills of TN
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We paid about than that for a whole house system about 3 years ago. American Standard Heritage 18. Dual compressor, 3 speed DC Blower.They installed new ducts, insulated our crawlspace, installed lighting in the basement so they could see. It has lowered our electric bills about $45 a month in the winter and more than that in the summer. We got an 8% Homeowners loan from the electric company for 10 years. This also includes a 10 year 100% parts and labor warranty. Maybe WE paid too much, but we just love this system.
A word of advice - Make sure that the contractor is NATE certified. Contact the website of the brand you want to install and see if your contractor is listed. See if they are a member of the ACCA. Also, do a general search on them. Nothing worse than paying for something very nice that isn't installed right, the bane of many homeowners.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:12 AM
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This is a bad time of the year for getting a replacement system if you don't absolutely have to. They are very busy fixing failing systems due to the heat. If you wait until the fall, before it gets cold, the HVAC companies get real slow and they are willing to cut big deals to keep their people working.

With that said, I don't think anyone can really give you an armchair quarterbacking price due to the fact that costs are highly dependent upon what you are having done and what it will take to rip out the old system and put in a new one. I am willing to bet however that if you wait, you can do better in late Sept/Oct.

BTW, if they didn't tell you, there is a $1500 tax credit this year if you purchase at least a 16 SER system.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:40 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Yea it all depends. What is the SEER rating, the size of the unit (how many tons), single stage or dual stage. Also does that include the furnaces and at 80% or 95%. Get a few different quotes and compare. Duke and Peidmont Gas are giving rebates as well (each around 200-300 dollars).
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:20 PM
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My dad just got a new HVAC unit for our home. It was long overdue. He paid a little over $5000 for it after rebates and tax credits (Duke, Piedmont Natural Gas, and the Federal Government). I believe he said he got close around $3000-$3500 in credits/rebate.

Do your research. Look into the companies and their reviews/certifications. Also get as many quotes from other companies to see which is the better deal.
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:58 PM
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Just replaced a split system for my 1375 sq. ft ranch home in March....13 Seer/Goodman 70000 95%/3ton downflow for $3,650.00...Well worth every penny...and I didnt use one of those bigtime HVAC companies......,,,Below is the company I used....STrongly recommend him...He's honest will not try to cheat you and get over....

Dougs Heating and Cooling
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:40 PM
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I am putting in (2) 3 ton units in an upper and lower duplex. Each 2 bedrooms, LR, Large kitcen and full bath. Quoted price $6800.
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