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ardnas 07-26-2009 02:15 PM

New HVAC installer
From reading posts, it appears that the most significant part of results, when I install central HVAC, is the choice of the installer. While I have many other questions, the key is: does anyone have a good experience with an HVAC contractor who works in center city Philadelphia?
I am against the wall on time because it is a rental house. I have had 8 contractors come to the house, all but one say I should keep the R-22 refrigerant. Does that mean I would get different equipment than with R-410?
None of them have done any of the things that I have read in a quality installation checklist to analyze what is needed. I am desperate.
Answers would be deeply appreciated, and relevant questions that I should ask, too.

dac122 07-27-2009 11:16 AM

Can't provide a recommendation in that area, but, yes, R-22 equipment is different from 410A, including flush or replacement of the lineset.

Are you adding or replacing an existing system? Are we talking heat pump or straight A/C?

hvaclover 07-27-2009 07:15 PM

It's no secret that rentals are not known for getting the very best consideration as far as upgrade costs are concerned.

Lot of contractors won't do all those niceties you'd expect or your own home like load calcs ect. The ROI is just not there for them. You should make it clear to your contractors if you are going on the cheap or are really willing to invest in a quality system .

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