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Old 05-15-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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Default HVAC experiances in SA?

Gotta replace my entire system - anyone done this? How much did it run you? Any recommendations?
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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Last time I did this was in the fall of 2005. I researched all the brands out there and settled with Rheem. We had a 14 SEER four ton unit put in our house for about $7,000. Wilks, Inc. (a Rheem contractor) did the work and we were very pleased. My current house (new construction last year) has a Carrier unit and we have been very pleased with its quality and performance.
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Coral Springs, Fl
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I don't know any reputable companies around here, but my father used to own an A/C company in which I worked for.

I would reccomend going with the following A/C brands once you find an installer:

Lennox
Trane
Carrier
Rheem

Also check for rebates through CPS for replacement of your A/C Unit.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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Sent you a PM on who I recommend. Get a few estimates, and remeber cheapest is not always the best.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Kallison Ranch, San Antonio,TX.
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Please let me suggest you visit the following webpage before hiring a Contractor.
www.tdlr.state.tx.us
On the top right click on A/C Refrigeration Contractors. You can the check for ones in Bexar and surrounding counties to insure that they are licensed and to see complaints / fines / enforcement



Good Luck with
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:26 PM
 
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We haven't replaced, but recently installed an brand new system in our home, actually two systems. I recommend AC Masters. Fantastic!!!
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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my wife and i had a run of good experiences with shaefer services, but when drain pan cracked in attic and it came through the ceiling, they came out and blew out the primary line and didn't properly diagnose the problem of the cracked drain pan, leading to another titanic moment the same night, causing damage to the electrical in our half-bath. so i got fed up with them pretty quick after that, paying lots of money for them to come out several times.

then had tiger services come out and put in a new unit about two years ago. very, very pleased with the installers, but when it stopped working recently and i had them come out again, the repairman wanted to charge me over $150 bucks to drain the pan and clear the line. i did it myself in about 45 minutes time and spent my savings on a good dinner and lot of cold beer. i still had to pay him 83 bucks to diagnose the problem, but i just couldn't bring myself to pay as much as he was asking for a very simple fix.

you may want to try angie's list, too.
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:00 PM
 
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...the repairman wanted to charge me over $150 bucks to drain the pan and clear the line. i did it myself in about 45 minutes time and spent my savings on a good dinner and lot of cold beer. i still had to pay him 83 bucks to diagnose the problem, but i just couldn't bring myself to pay as much as he was asking for a very simple fix.
HVAC repair is one of those things that usually will require the services of a properly licensed professional - but not always, as you discovered.

I worked with someone a few years ago who was an avid do-it-yourselfer. The fan blades on his outdoor condenser broke off, so he figured it was a matter of buying a new fan blade assembly and mounting it on the motor shaft, but he couldn't find any place that would sell one to a non-licensed individual. So he had to cave in and call a service company. But in the meantime, he laid an ordinary household box fan on top of the outdoor unit so it would blow upwards, and it worked as a temporary solution!

I came home one time and discovered the blower on my indoor air handler had quit working. I figured it was the motor, and I would be out hundreds of dollars for the repairs. But before calling anyone out, I researched the symptom on the internet, and although it could have been the motor, a more likely culprit was something called a "Motor Run Capacitor", about a $10 part. So I took the $10 gamble (plus shipping & handling), and ordered one from an internet parts supplier based on the specifications stamped on the one that was installed in my unit. The part was delivered, and after I installed it, voila! Back in business.

Had I not done that, and had a service company told me I needed a new motor to the tune of $500 (or more), I probably would have paid it.
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:19 PM
 
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Last time I did this was in the fall of 2005. I researched all the brands out there and settled with Rheem. We had a 14 SEER four ton unit put in our house for about $7,000. Wilks, Inc. (a Rheem contractor) did the work and we were very pleased. My current house (new construction last year) has a Carrier unit and we have been very pleased with its quality and performance.
how much square footage is the 14SEER four ton unit responsible for?
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:47 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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The guy I used last year, came out, replaced only what needed to be replaced, charged me $1750. Great new system, if you still need numbers or rec, send me a PM, Ill give you his number.
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