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    Hi,

    I have a GC doing a renovation. The HVAC was not part of the job. My decision is to replace all HVAC as opposed to using what was currently in place. The GC’s quote for HVAC is 5k more using his group. Prior to this project I receive a lower quote by another HVAC group. I’m willing to let the lower quoted group do the work. They will permit the work and complete according to my specification.
    Is it ethical to use my HVAC person as they are licensed and will acquire the correct permits?
    Thanks for your time
    Regards,
    K. Nezz

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    Re: Is it ethical?

    You got two quotes and decided to go with the lesser expensive of the two, nothing unethical about that at all.
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    • #3
      Re: Is it ethical?

      Nothing unethical at all, but you do have to wonder why the 5K difference.

      Gc too high and just price gouging, or the other guy way too low and going to cut corners to turn a profit???????
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      • #4
        Re: Is it ethical?

        i would check to see what each other is using for the units one might be better then the other
        some times the cheapest price is not the best to go with if they put in junk units and do cheep work
        just make sure they dont have flex runs longer the 8ft long ,some will fun them 25ft so they dont have to run duct branches to far
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        • #5
          Re: Is it ethical?

          Originally posted by Gene Bickford View Post
          the other guy way too low and going to cut corners to turn a profit???????
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          • #6
            Re: Is it ethical?

            Originally posted by HVAC HAWK View Post
            i would check to see what each other is using for the units one might be better then the other
            some times the cheapest price is not the best to go with if they put in junk units and do cheep work
            just make sure they dont have flex runs longer the 8ft long ,some will fun them 25ft so they dont have to run duct branches to far
            I have seen entire systems hot and cold runs done in flex
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            • #7
              Re: Is it ethical?

              Originally posted by NHMaster3015 View Post
              I have seen entire systems hot and cold runs done in flex
              and can you say cheep cheep
              we cant run flex more then 6ft for commercial i dont know what it is for houses we dont do that work
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              • #8
                Re: Is it ethical?

                It's Lennox vs Goodman. Two units with air (two zone) = $5000.00 difference.

                No flex tubing at all on either quote.
                Regards,
                K. Nezz

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                • #9
                  Re: Is it ethical?

                  my hvac buddy tells me here that there is not much difference in price for the two brands of equipment for him...
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                  • #10
                    Re: Is it ethical?

                    Originally posted by Knezz View Post
                    It's Lennox vs Goodman. Two units with air (two zone) = $5000.00 difference.

                    No flex tubing at all on either quote.
                    they will run flex duct they may not say so but they will use it

                    im not up on the 2 units we put in Trane units
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                    • #11
                      Re: Is it ethical?

                      No flex at all. I confirmed that. Walls/Ceilings are open so I will know.

                      Also my understanding is that Lennox requires a Lennox only techs. Could cost more to repair and Goodman is easier and techs could be cheaper cheaper.

                      Lennox (unless its "Signature") is 5 year parts. Goodman is 10 year parts.

                      I've read that Goodman may be quieter than the Lennox.. I read that somewhere but don't know if the source is reliable?
                      Regards,
                      K. Nezz

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                      • #12
                        Re: Is it ethical?

                        Is it unethical for your GC to gouge you 5 grand if both installation will be done to your spec?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Is it ethical?

                          Of course it's ethical. You are under no obligation to go with the GC just because you awarded him a contract for other work.

                          But I would get more quotes. $5K is too much difference. Maybe the GC is out of line, but maybe there is something wrong with the low bid. It is not an absolute truth that "you get what you pay for"... but the converse is generally true: "you WON'T get what you DON'T pay for".

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                          • #14
                            Re: Is it ethical?

                            It's your home, your money, and your decision.

                            If I give a quote to a GC, he's going to add money on top of my price, and hand it to you. I've never installed Lennox, but I can't believe there would be that much of a price difference equipment wise, between them and Goodman.

                            Even though Goodman gets a bad rap sometimes, I prefer Goodman over everyone. Their warranty is "one of" the best in the industry, and they are extremely easy to service imo. I've heard good things about Lennox but..that's about as far as I go on it.

                            Any HVAC guy will tell you...the brand name is not nearly as important as the guy who is installing it is.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Is it ethical?

                              Originally posted by Knezz View Post
                              Hi,

                              I have a GC doing a renovation. The HVAC was not part of the job. My decision is to replace all HVAC as opposed to using what was currently in place. The GC’s quote for HVAC is 5k more using his group. Prior to this project I receive a lower quote by another HVAC group. I’m willing to let the lower quoted group do the work. They will permit the work and complete according to my specification.
                              Is it ethical to use my HVAC person as they are licensed and will acquire the correct permits?
                              Thanks for your time
                              Not sure how it would be unethical.
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