Once you decide to replace your HVAC system, the next thing to do is ask for an HVAC quote from your contractor. This will help you determine how much it will cost to replace your existing system. However, not all homeowners are familiar with what an HVAC quote entails. To help you ask the right questions, Climate Systems Heating and Air Conditioning provides the following tips as a guide:

Estimate vs. Quote

First, you need to know the difference between an HVAC estimate and a quote. Many people assume that they mean the same thing, but they actually don’t. An estimate is your contractor’s rough idea of how much the project will cost based on their expertise and previous experience. The final cost can be around 10 to 15 percent higher or lower than the estimated price. 

A quote or bid, on the other hand, is a detailed accounting of exactly how much the project will cost. You must know what’s included in your HVAC quote, as it will serve as the official agreement between you and your contractor. Be sure that you understand the difference between the two to avoid misunderstandings during the HVAC replacement. 

Include the Brand & Rating

Your HVAC quote should specify the equipment’s brand name, model numbers and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, rating. The SEER rating will tell you about the efficiency and durability of your equipment. If your quote doesn’t have any of the said details, ask your contractor to include them. This portion will ultimately tell you if you’re receiving the top choice of equipment and services.

Warranties on Equipment & Labor

Another thing that you need to check in your HVAC quote is warranties on equipment and labor. HVAC equipment manufacturers do offer factory warranties for their heating and air conditioning systems. If the equipment is registered, the warranties usually last for 10 years; if not, they’ll probably last five. Consult with your contractor to find out if the HVAC company automatically registers the warranties or if you’ll have to do it on your own. 

If the equipment fails early, however, factory warranties don’t include the cost of labor for an HVAC crew to remove and install a replacement. It takes a lot of time to process a warranty repair, but some HVAC companies offer a labor warranty or extended service plan to cover the cost of labor if it’s ever needed. This option can be very helpful for a factory warranty repair. 

Rebates & Financing

If you’re looking for affordable prices, you can also ask about specials or rebates when it comes to the cost of your new system. While there are more manufacturer rebates in the spring and fall, HVAC companies sometimes offer their own specials. Financing can also be another way for you to save money. You can ask about these tips when you receive your HVAC quote. 

For more inquiries about setting up your HVAC system, get in touch with Climate Systems Heating and Air Conditioning. Call us today at (724) 935-3900 or fill out our contact form to set an appointment.

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