Do you need to schedule a professional HVAC maintenance check? Or maybe plan for a full replacement? Either way, you’ll be approaching several contractors to get estimates and quotes for the project. Keep in mind that an estimate is different from a quote. An estimate is a rough guess of how much the maintenance check or replacement will cost, while a quote (also known as a bid) is more accurate, and therefore more detailed.
Whether you’re getting your HVAC system serviced or are planning for a new replacement, it helps to learn what you can expect to see in the HVAC quote to ensure your system works as well as it should. Here’s what you need to look for in your quote:
System & Labor Warranties
When you get a quote for an HVAC installation, it’s important to ask your prospective contractors if they’ll register the warranty automatically. HVAC manufacturers will typically provide warranties for their various models and units. If unregistered, they’ll last around five years. It’s recommended that you register the unit, however, as the warranty will then last up to 10 years. If you need to take care of the registration yourself, make sure to do so before it expires!
Model Number & SEER Rating
Your HVAC quote must have the essential information necessary to help you understand how to properly maintain it. This information will help you make an informed decision when getting a full replacement, and should include the equipment’s model number and SEER rating so you’ll know how energy efficient your new HVAC unit will be. Discuss with a trusted HVAC technician how the efficiency of your system is worth the investment if you’re planning to upgrade, as it can involve additional labor, accessories and other fees.
An HVAC service or replacement quote may sometimes include the cost of adding insulation and upgrading part of the ductwork. Additional accessories that will help improve your indoor air quality may also be included in the quote. These can include UV lights, an in-duct media filter and even an air purification system. These upgrades and accessories are necessary to maximize performance, but they’re sometimes not mentioned during the discussion. Make sure that you ask what else is included in your HVAC quote!
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