Among the folks that came by:
John (Fitzpatrick's Heating Inc (2096 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Fairfax, CA 415-457-0607) came by and looked at the house. He wasn't very talkative, but seemed to be one of the smartest. One challenge for the upstairs unit was where to put the return--that big grill that brings air into the furnace. John's suggestion made sense, and I made a point to ask every other contractor where the upstairs return should go. Only one other offered the same solution for upstairs. Unfortunately, Fitzpatrick's Heating was the most expensive: $11,084 for two 90+% units.
Bedon (265 Camelback Road,
Pleasant Hill, CA 925-726-6184) proposed
a pair of 80% efficient 45,000 BTU
Carrier furnaces, each with
four supplies, and each with combustion
exhaust run to the roof. Total price:
Soto (1348 Montana Dr. Concord,
CA 925-497-7426) looked around, and
then suggested two gas-powered wall
units for upstairs, and a 40,000 BTU
forced air for downstairs. I was disappointed
with this suggestion for wall units
upstairs, but the price was good:
Christian Soto (Concord, CA 925-695-4074) quoted a pair of 93% efficient Payne furnaces (one 60,000 BTU; the other 70,000 BTU) for a total of $9650.
Robert Higares (Accurate HVAC, Sacramento 510-461-6816) proposed two carrier 40-50,000 BTU 90-92% efficiency furnaces for $5,987.
Art Alcala, the estimator from Henry
Mechanical (766 Bell Road,
Windsor, CA 707-838-3311) studied
the place carefully. He was the one
other person who identified what I
agreed was the best solution for the
upstairs register. His bid was for
a pair of Lennox 92% efficient furnaces,
one 45,000 BTU; the other 70,000 BTU.
Unfortunately, the bid was $10,479
- almost as high as Fitzpatrick's.
to decide: take a low Craigslist bid,
or pay almost double for a business
with a storefront?
never know what the correct answer
is; I only know what I did - I selected
almost the highest bid, and went with
has passed, and I'm very happy with
the folks at Henry Mechanical.