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Old 09-12-2008, 10:34 AM   #16
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Where? I'm near Salisbury ...

Are you on DP&L or Choptank?

Maybe we can get a quantity discount, as I am looking to install a new high-efficiency heat pump as well.

So far, I have asked 3 fellow contractors for prices, and not one of them has responded. You can't tell me that they are slow on work!!
I'm in Preston, and for oil I use Tri Gas & Oil.

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Old 09-12-2008, 10:50 AM   #17
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Thank you, I never knew what the quote box was for.

Now about your system, yes, you have an oil fired boiler and it sounds like you have central air as well, if I read an earlier post correctly, you already have the duct work in place. With that in mind, I think going to a heat pump with electric heat strips would work well for you. Heat pumps are definately more effiecient. That being said, you have to understand that instead of getting 180 temp. coming off the baseboards the temp will be 90-110. a vast difference in comfort. I've seen some people have a heat pump installed and have it remove because they could never get used to the home feeling drafty when they are sitting down in the evening. Pesronally, I have a 96% eff. natural gas boiler that also heats my domestic hot water as well and I love it unfortunatly eff. for oil boilers have not increased above 75-80%.
I just had a guy come and check out my system. Apparently, my oil boiler/ water heater is very inefficient as it is outside, and it has zero pressure for some reason. He suggested the following options: a heat pump and a Rennai water heater with removal of my boiler OR a natural gas boiler hooked up to the current baseboard system (which he would fix) and piggy-bank water heater. I was planning on spending $5,000 (I had no idea), now it looks like closer to $20,000 (Ahh!) Any thoughts?
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Old 09-12-2008, 11:00 AM   #18
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I just had a guy come and check out my system. Apparently, my oil boiler/ water heater is very inefficient as it is outside, and it has zero pressure for some reason. He suggested the following options: a heat pump and a Rennai water heater with removal of my boiler OR a natural gas boiler hooked up to the current baseboard system (which he would fix) and piggy-bank water heater. I was planning on spending $5,000 (I had no idea), now it looks like closer to $20,000 (Ahh!) Any thoughts?
For point of clarification what do you have now exactly? Any ducts and A/C? How is your hot water heated now?

Also, did he give you a breakdown of costs for these two options? I find it hard to believe that either option will cost the same.
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For point of clarification what do you have now exactly? Any ducts and A/C? How is your hot water heated now?

Also, did he give you a breakdown of costs for these two options? I find it hard to believe that either option will cost the same.
I have an A/C set-up with ducts, and my hot water is heated by oil. Somehow (as you can probably tell, I don't understand everything about the workings of my systems) the boiler must heat the water (I know he said there is a circulator under the house constantly running~ very inefficient, I know.)

He priced up the heat pump: 13 seer 30000BTU $9439, 18 SEER add $3056, Geothermal add $7891.

The plumber is going to send me an estimate on the RENNAI.

The first guy is going to send me an estimate on the natural gas boiler and piggy bank water heater (I should have everything by Tuesday.)

I will post then, please, if you don't mind, check back and give me your advice. Thanks!
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Okay that explains a lot and does give you quite a few options. What I can say right now is you need other quotes and begin thinking about other options, and so you might as well start queuing up the quotes.

Get multiple heat pump quotes for 13 or 14 SEER only with heat strips. That appears to be the sweat spot for cost effectiveness. You want a taste of different brands as they do vary quite a bit in price: Carrier, Trane, Goodman, etc. Be sure any add-on extended warranties are itemized. The heat pump option you quoted sounds high, but I don't know all that includes, so I can't be sure.

Get multiple quotes for Natural Gas furnace 90-92% efficient. Again you want multiple brands.

Furnace, HP and boiler installation is key so go with the guys who answer all your questions and you know someone that used them.

Get multiple quotes for hot water tanks. If you can do direct vented instead of power vented you'll see a big drop in unit price. I shy away from tank-less because they have a high initial prices, are complex and costly to repair, dubious of the operating cost savings, and know undersized plumbing isn't always addressed. If you do go tank-less, get a plumber. If you go regular tank, a local chain (Lowes, HomeDepot) should be okay (less to mess up on).
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Those prices sound high to me. I finally heard back from one of my HVAC contractors, and gave him the job. I'm getting an 18 SEER heat pump system to replace my (gas/)electric furnace. Do you want me to ask him if he wants to travel to Preston and give you an estimate?

My current system is a 10 SEER, the highest available when the house was built.

If you are within the town limits of Preston, you most likely have DP&L for your electric. If you are outside of town, there is a good chance you have Choptank Coop. Do you read your own electric meter every month?
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I have an A/C set-up with ducts, and my hot water is heated by oil. Somehow (as you can probably tell, I don't understand everything about the workings of my systems) the boiler must heat the water (I know he said there is a circulator under the house constantly running~ very inefficient, I know.)

He priced up the heat pump: 13 seer 30000BTU $9439, 18 SEER add $3056, Geothermal add $7891.

The plumber is going to send me an estimate on the RENNAI.

The first guy is going to send me an estimate on the natural gas boiler and piggy bank water heater (I should have everything by Tuesday.)

I will post then, please, if you don't mind, check back and give me your advice. Thanks!
Get 3 quotes always.
The price for a 13 seer HP is high. I would expect $7000 range and that would include the electric heat strips with variable speed blower motor. Also , you didn't mention what brand.

I didn't know you were in the market for Geo. Geo is the most effiecient system on the market, but initial cost can be prohibitive. If you do geo put in a closed loop system for a lot of reasons that I won't go into right now. The question I have is how long do you plan to stay in your home? If this is the last home you are planning to buy the geo would be a great investment in your home because of all the savings you will occur over a 30 year period even if you have to replace the system in 15yrs. you would still be ahead. Keep us posted.
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I recently got a quote to replace my 12 SEER aging York:

$4860 for 15 SEER R410A Carrier 25HPA536A003
$4564 for 13 SEER R410A Carrier 25HPA336A003
$4312 for 13 SEER R410A Coleman

This include a 2-stage t-stat. My actual quote was higher because I need other corrections, but I was able to itemize out what would not apply to you. This quote was from a very reliable and good local HVAC company that has an excellent reputation.

I did not go for the change-out because it would be more cost effective to ride my current system until it dies.
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Those prices sound high to me. I finally heard back from one of my HVAC contractors, and gave him the job. I'm getting an 18 SEER heat pump system to replace my (gas/)electric furnace. Do you want me to ask him if he wants to travel to Preston and give you an estimate?

My current system is a 10 SEER, the highest available when the house was built.

If you are within the town limits of Preston, you most likely have DP&L for your electric. If you are outside of town, there is a good chance you have Choptank Coop. Do you read your own electric meter every month?
Please do ask them. I would appreciate it. I misunderstood you~ Delmarva Power is my electric company.
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Those prices sound high to me. I finally heard back from one of my HVAC contractors, and gave him the job. I'm getting an 18 SEER heat pump system to replace my (gas/)electric furnace. Do you want me to ask him if he wants to travel to Preston and give you an estimate?

My current system is a 10 SEER, the highest available when the house was built.

If you are within the town limits of Preston, you most likely have DP&L for your electric. If you are outside of town, there is a good chance you have Choptank Coop. Do you read your own electric meter every month?
I don't read my electric meter every month
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Get 3 quotes always.
The price for a 13 seer HP is high. I would expect $7000 range and that would include the electric heat strips with variable speed blower motor. Also , you didn't mention what brand.

I didn't know you were in the market for Geo. Geo is the most effiecient system on the market, but initial cost can be prohibitive. If you do geo put in a closed loop system for a lot of reasons that I won't go into right now. The question I have is how long do you plan to stay in your home? If this is the last home you are planning to buy the geo would be a great investment in your home because of all the savings you will occur over a 30 year period even if you have to replace the system in 15yrs. you would still be ahead. Keep us posted.
It is a "York LX Series 2.5 ton (30,000 BTU) 13 SEER Heat Pump Outdoor Unit (R-410a)" for $9439. The proposal doesn't say anything about electric heat strips or a variable speed blower motor.

I also received an estimate for a "13 SEER Trane 2.5 ton heat pump Model # 4TWB3030, BAYHTR1410,4TBC3F30,HTH5220" for $6372. This proposal also doesn't say anything about electric heat strips or a variable speed blower motor.

Neither of these estimates include electrical work.

As far as the Geo... this is my first house. I doubt I'll be in it forever, but I don't have a timeline, so it may not be worth it.

Thanks for all the detailed information (everyone).
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:23 AM   #27
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13 SEER is the bottom of the barrel these days. For the amount they are quoting, you should be able to get an 18 SEER unit.

I guess the one important factor here is are they installing new ductwork, or reusing the existing?

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