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Old 11-26-2022, 11:19 AM
 
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Here in Columbia SC, I had a 10 year old York HVAC system, gas heat, replaced with a Rheem 2 ton, 14 SEER system for a total of $7,200.00 including a programable thermostat. The original quote was about $8,200.00 but I negotiated it down. No duct work.
We are nearby in Charlotte NC and this summer our A/C conked out in VERY hot weather so off to the races to get it repaired/replaced (gas heat like yours). Interviewed and got quotes from 3 top-rated businesses--ended up choosing the most expensive quote (by about $1000 I think) $13,000 3.5 ton Comfort Maker brand. They had it in stock and installed the next day. Electric bills went down 10% compared to years before.

Learned a lot about brands/cost/repair. No one wanted to repair our Lennox unit, one business said it was underpowered for home, another said parts would be hard to get and no guarantee on repair working. We had original paperwork and warranty missed by less than one month but that was for parts only not labor.
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Old 11-28-2022, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Eastern N.C.
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Forget a college degree. Go into HVAC.

Homeowners can do some electrical, some plumbing, some carpentry but very few will touch a HVAC system, outside replacing filters and the occasional thermostat.

And HVAC almost always fails at the most inopportune time.

Forget plastics, HVAC.
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Old 11-28-2022, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Cypress, CA
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LOL, it can't be that hard. I have a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. You have made me looking into HVAC certificate programs close to my house. In addition to my full time job, I figure I can moonlight HVAC repair and replacement. Tuition cost ranges from $10k to $20k.

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Forget a college degree. Go into HVAC.

Homeowners can do some electrical, some plumbing, some carpentry but very few will touch a HVAC system, outside replacing filters and the occasional thermostat.

And HVAC almost always fails at the most inopportune time.

Forget plastics, HVAC.
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Old 11-29-2022, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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Judging from the quote....yes, the price is too high....way too high! (sorry you are in California) If the average person knew what the actual equipment costs they would wonder why they are paying so much!
Here in NC that swap out would be in the 5-8k range depending on what manufacturer you use.
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Old 11-29-2022, 11:36 PM
 
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Judging from the quote....yes, the price is too high....way too high! (sorry you are in California) If the average person knew what the actual equipment costs they would wonder why they are paying so much!
Here in NC that swap out would be in the 5-8k range depending on what manufacturer you use.
That $14000 seems way out of line to me. I'm in California and paid $8500 for a comparable unit, as I mentioned in my post above. I also got a $500 rebate from my city so $8000 out of pocket. Not everything in California is outrageously priced although it does look that way sometimes. It does pay to shop around no matter where you are.
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Old 12-01-2022, 06:43 PM
 
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Sounds pricey. 2019 swapped old systems 3.5t + 2.5t A/C and furnaces (Trane SEER 16) for $8500 in TX.

Sure inflation is bad but still
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Old 12-06-2022, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Cypress, CA
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I finally got a new quote. $10k for a 3-ton ACPro HVAC. This guy said last year it was $8500 but they jacked up the price due to severe shortage of HVAC. He is not lying, another contractor working exclusively with Trane told me he is unable to quote because Trane has nothing for him until February. I may just go with this ACPro unit for $10k.
https://www.firstcitizens.com/small-...pment-shortage
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Old 12-06-2022, 11:22 PM
 
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Yikes. I feel for you but best to get it over with. Thanks for that link . . . I had no idea. At least it's still a better price than that $14K bid you got. Hope the installation goes smoothly and that you have many successful years with your new system.
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Old 12-08-2022, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Cypress, CA
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At the end, the Trane installer found a unit [Furnace XB80 + Condenser XR14] $9500 installation included. I went with this. They already delivered the equipment to my house.
Thanks All,
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Old 12-08-2022, 08:35 PM
 
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Yay! Glad the end is in sight.
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