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    Replacing A/C and Furnace

    Our A/C unit is 23 years old and is dying a slow death. Last week it hit 83 in the house and after having it looked at for the 3rd time and adding .5 lbs of freon, it has been doing a great job of keeping the house at around 76. We live in Ames and think its time to replace both units. We have bids from OneHour (Gibbs), Kapaun & Brown so far. Neighbors (heard they may be going through bankruptcy), Ames Heating and Cooling, Converse Air are also going to give us bids. Anyone have any experiences with these or someone else in terms of service and/or replacement. Looking at $5000-$6000 so far. Any feed back is appreciated. Pretty impressed with OneHour with estimating, sitting down and walking through everything. The deducts through City of Ames and federal tax breaks help also.



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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    We replaced both last year. We live in Ankeny and we obtained several estimates. We ended up going with 72 Degrees in Ankeny and we're very happy with everthing!



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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    install an evaporative cooling system in your house along with your ac installation and your power bill will be lower.you have to have your house insulated properly to take advantage of the lowering of your power requirements of your air conditioning if you use eveaporative cooling.


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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonestate View Post
    We replaced both last year. We live in Ankeny and we obtained several estimates. We ended up going with 72 Degrees in Ankeny and we're very happy with everthing!

    I also went with 72 last year, so far so good.


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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    Gibbs and Hoff Mechanical are a couple more in Ames that I would trust.



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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    I had Ames Heating and Cooling do mine a few years ago and was very happy. I am freinds with the owners though so I might have had some pull.



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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    Hadn't heard that about Neighbors. Any other info on them? Did see where the main person we worked with from there on our new furnace and a/c last year left for another company recently.



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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    We had our A/C replaced last year by Ames Heating and Cooling. They did a good job and were really professional. I have had issues with C&K and Neighbors before for work. But Gibbs and Ames Heating and Cooling have been good.



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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    If anyone is considering replacing their AC system, do it before January. They are taking the SEER rating up another notch and AC systems will be more expensive. The rule out of R-22 has been pushed up and will be phased out by January.


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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    When our furnace went a couple of years ago I had some time to get bids from Lenox, Hiel, Carrier, and some others. I went and googled Consumer Reports and other sites on the internet for the best possible unit. I finally decided on Carrier with a fan that rams up automaticaly as needed. The fan cost essentially very little to run and the house stays at the constant temperature that you want it to be. We also intalled a Carrier thermostat and large Airbear air duct cleaner that goes into the furnace. I wanted to install an electromatic air clearner, however, the dealer talked me out of that. I still wished that I had insisted on one. However, it is the best system I have ever had and I am 62 years old. It is even heat and air at all times. You would really like it!



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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    Use to work for Rogers in Ankeny. They do almost everything, H&C (including geo thermal), electrical, and plumbing. I know they are a honest business. The guy goes to my church and he hires his sons and a bunch of students from Faith Seminary. I spent most of my time working on HVAC so I know they do a good job



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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    Quote Originally Posted by belmond64 View Post
    When our furnace went a couple of years ago I had some time to get bids from Lenox, Hiel, Carrier, and some others. I went and googled Consumer Reports and other sites on the internet for the best possible unit. I finally decided on Carrier with a fan that rams up automaticaly as needed. The fan cost essentially very little to run and the house stays at the constant temperature that you want it to be. We also intalled a Carrier thermostat and large Airbear air duct cleaner that goes into the furnace. I wanted to install an electromatic air clearner, however, the dealer talked me out of that. I still wished that I had insisted on one. However, it is the best system I have ever had and I am 62 years old. It is even heat and air at all times. You would really like it!
    Did they every say why they didn't want/think you needed the electronic air cleaner?


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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    Quote Originally Posted by woodie View Post
    install an evaporative cooling system in your house along with your ac installation and your power bill will be lower.you have to have your house insulated properly to take advantage of the lowering of your power requirements of your air conditioning if you use eveaporative cooling.
    Evaporative cooling systems work great - in areas with low humidity. In high humidity areas such as Iowa, the air has too much moisture to lower the temperature much. You see them all over the place in Colorado because of the dry air.


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    Re: Replacing A/C and Furnace

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloner29 View Post
    Our A/C unit is 23 years old and is dying a slow death. Last week it hit 83 in the house and after having it looked at for the 3rd time and adding .5 lbs of freon, it has been doing a great job of keeping the house at around 76. We live in Ames and think its time to replace both units. We have bids from OneHour (Gibbs), Kapaun & Brown so far. Neighbors (heard they may be going through bankruptcy), Ames Heating and Cooling, Converse Air are also going to give us bids. Anyone have any experiences with these or someone else in terms of service and/or replacement. Looking at $5000-$6000 so far. Any feed back is appreciated. Pretty impressed with OneHour with estimating, sitting down and walking through everything. The deducts through City of Ames and federal tax breaks help also.

    Heard lots of good things about Gibbs although I've never used them. Efficiencies have improved on A/C units over the years significantly. Your cooling costs will probably fall by 50%. I'm not convinced the super high efficiency furnaces are worth the extra cost, as you pay a lot for each 5% gain, but I guess that's where the incentives come in. The current trend in blower fans is to use DC motors which are much more efficient and have multiple speed settings - as many as 25 on some units. They are a big deal.


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    Heck, I keep my house at 76 which is just fine. As long as i get the humidity out.



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