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Question DetailsAsked on 12/14/2015

Quoted $17k - new HVAC system in NJ- 2 Story 2400 sf (AC, Furnace, water heater, etc) Seems High, Whats Avg Cost

This is for a Carrier Infinity 1 stage AC with 2 stage Furnace, thermostat and 50 gallon bradford water heater. Everywhere I see avg cost is about $12k for a system liek this.
I'm being told that with the Gov't rebate of $4k I'll pay $12k out of pocket. Seems like they raised the price and are double dipping as they want the rebate to be written straight to them.
Any advice or does the price $17k seem on mark?

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I agree - for a house in normal size range (say not over about 2500-3000SF), unless in VERY extreme climatic conditions like Death Valley or into the 99%+ energy efficient range, I think anything over $10,000 (and usually $8000) for a central HVAC (forced air furnace and A/C) is out of reason - plus around $1000 range for the water heater. Assuming existing ducts being used, of course.

I know in our area, with a state energy rebate program that could go up to almost 100% reimbursement for "normal" cost higher efficiency systems, heating system prices more than doubled in the first two years of the program - so basically people ended up paying as much after the rebate as before, and the contractors started driving BMW's, Navigators, and plush 3500 pickups.

Sounds like time to get more bids from other Heating and A/C contractors with good reviews on AL - be sure they are bidding the same or exactly comparable system so you are comparing apples to apples.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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