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bucketmouth64

I'm starting to research hvac systems for our home, our current one is the original from 1979. We use fuel oil, what brands do you recommend? Seems like they're all the same, kind of like buying a car brand ford, chevy, dodge. In addition, anyone use a house warranty? Are they worth the cost? I've been told there are some that are better than others. 

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Wanderer

Boy, those questions can take you lots of ways.  Most HVAC techs have their preferences, whether they be their favorites to work on or what their company deals in.  My guess is you won’t be doing the future work on the unit so it might be best to concentrate more on the installers reputation.  Don’t save a few bucks by going with a contractor who is a 1 man shop or won’t put their company’s name on the van.

 

If natural gas is available to you, definitely go that route.  If not, check into propane.  Check with whatever utility company you would use for rebates on new equipment.  They’ll also have recommendations on which system would be right for your home.  Be wary of extended home warranties; that being said, some have value.  Your new equipment should have its own warranty though.

 

the highest efficiency you can afford will pay you back if you’re planning to stay in the home for several more years and the rebates are usually higher.  Check those things out first.

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What kind of heat is your current oil base, forced air, baseboard, radiated? Than rule out which Mfg. / units you DO NOT want based on some research on desired features, High Efficant, Air, Direct or Convection exhaust, liquid based. Next DIY or Contracror install. Finally top Price Point what can you afford or willing to spend. Some lnstalls like Home Depot offer fantastic warranty beyond manufacture warranty where home warranty not needed.

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Tom7227

Might.make sense to deal with someone that is nearby.  It won't do you much good to have the tech you need for install or repair be 100 miles away.

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