Shortly after our sons semi accident our air conditioner stopped working, the pipes just starts over freezing, and it’s only eight years old. I’m like “seriously”!!!! I never want to think “what else could happen” but, I was thinking it. It just seems that sometimes life is full of thorns. A series of unfortunate events can really get you down sometimes.
My husband and I are thinking we just need some freon or whatever that chemical is that they are using now. Oh no…it couldn’t be that simple. The “A” coil under the furnace was rusted out and leaking. We already knew we had to have a new furnace before winter – it was twenty-five years old (I’m telling you the truth it really was 25 years old – we had a beast of a furnace, a Rheem). We had even already had two HVAC companies scheduled to come out in September for furnace estimates. We had a few choices to make now.
1) Just replace the ‘A’ coil under the furnace, but it would have to “match” the current air conditioning system that wouldn’t be exchangeable when it completely breaks down in the next few years, because of the new Government laws regarding freon. We were told by more than one company that when that happens we would need a new ‘A’ coil to match the new air conditioner that we would be getting then. Ugh!!
2) Just replace everything now. The new air conditioner and matching ‘A’ coil would all be in line with the new Government regulations. If they replaced both air and furnace they would “match”. They would have a ten-year service warranty and a two-year parts warranty.
We ended up going with a completely new HVAC system for a few reasons.
1) It will cheaper to do it all at once and we would have “matching” system.
2) They have to replace some of the vent system – more Government regulations regarding higher efficient heating systems.
3) The ‘A’ coil sits under our furnace so when it needs to be replaced again they would have to take the furnace out to get to it…we would endure extra labor costs with that.
In the last couple of weeks I’d say I’ve learned a lot more about HVAC systems than I ever wanted to know. Then again, knowledge is power. My husband and I got on-line checked out reviews for Trane vs. Carrier systems (those were our choices here in our area). We had four different estimates, so we also compared all of the different model numbers of each system.
We ended up going with a local company called Masters, Van Valer. They offered the models we wanted for the best price, changed out the breakers and replaced the flue system to it would be up to the new code. They’ve been in business for a long time and we just felt good about they way they worked when they came to give us the estimates.
We went with the Trane system and I’m here to tell you, I don’t remember our house EVER being this cold, especially in the upstairs rooms. We are so happy to know that when winter comes along we aren’t going to have to worry about our furnace going out either (last year we had two blizzards and extremely cold temperatures – let me tell you we had our fireplace running all winter long and praying our furnace wouldn’t go out).
Here are pictures…everything is s quiet and clean. (I just love it)
Trane XV95 Trane XR17
So the moral of this story is…if you need an HVAC system do your research and get a lot of estimates. Don’t leave out the local companies, they usually offer better prices and are a lot more friendly to work with.~Bam