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Old 10-14-2008, 03:50 PM   #1
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I need a new a/c system, and I'm considering 2 companies: www.airforcem.com and www.northtexashvac.com. What questions should I ask to ensure I get an honest deal?

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First off they need to do a heat gain on your home. This is measuring the rooms, doors, windows etc. Run the info through a heat gain program. If the a/c system is too small it does not cool properly. If it is too large it does not de-humidify properly.
Ask for a list of satisfied customers.
Maybe check the BBB to see a list of complaints about these companies.
I don't know these companies but looking atr the website for all it's worth at least the latter gives the names of the equipment they sell. They have a better website which does in anyway say they are a better company just picked a better company to do the website.

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Yes, a heat gain, or to be more technical demand they do a Manual J, and ask for a report of the numbers. If they won't or can't do it run the other way.

Ask your neighbors and friends who they've used locally. Whatever you do, get a number of estimates and then check back here and at hvac-talk with what they suggested. I'm not pitching hvac-talk, but I know it is frequented by actual pros in the business and they can help you weed out the lesser estimates.
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Whatever you do, get a number of estimates.
You have to do this with A/C installers, I found that they are all over the place with install costs. Best to be sure and get at least 3 quotes.
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I got a few HVAC quotes a while back for my new construction. I had two seperate contractors quote the EXACT same system. The quotes differed by about $4500. I ended up installing the ductwork and two units by myself for about $11,00 cheaper than if I paid someone to do it.
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