A good heating/cooling company?

generic ductworkDan emails:

My wife and I recently purchased a home in Rensselaer County, and need to address the home's heating/cooling ductwork. The system needs to be inspected/sealed (I will do the insulating myself). Can anyone suggest a good-quality business for this type of work?

We had a sort-of-related question last year, but it looks like we haven't had general question about good home heating/cooling contractors in a while.

So, got a suggestion for Dan? Please share!

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I'm interested in this too, as my central air seems to have kicked the bucket. Judging by the lack of returned calls I placed to a couple HVAC places yesterday, I'd guess they all are pretty busy right now :/

I am in HVAC for Appolo . You can email me at richardp@appoloheating.com. I think we are pretty rad.

We have had a very good experience with J & M Schwartz. Knowledgable and competent.

We had ours done in Rensselaer County by Main-Care in 2007, a full furnace upgrade, adding air conditioning, and a good amount of new ductwork in the basement. They did a great job and the price was very reasonable. Most importantly to me, they showed up for appointments, returned phone calls, did the work when they said they would, and were out of the house when they said they'd be.

Carl, would you be willing to share the ballpark cost? I'm about to do the same exact thing, but I have no idea of the cost.

I would recommend CAGroup if your looking around the capital district
They do what they say.

Do NOT go with Service Experts. All I needed was a maintenance contract on two furnaces. Supposedly I had a year long contract. They came in and cleaned the furnaces, but insisted that they were going to die soon and "I imagine the parts are no longer made. I suggest you buy new furnaces. We'll give you a price for them." I said not yet. Two months later, one of them conks out. On a weekend, of course. Had to call in a service call, which cost me $90. First, they couldn't find my "contract" in their system. Then, without even opening the furnace door, I was told that the problem was the $600 circuit board, which of course wasn't covered. He did me a "favor" and got it started again, but didn't know how much longer it would last. You need new furnaces, lady.

Of course the next day it stops running again. I, myself, actually opened up the furnace, and the circuit board was working just fine, and was blinking out a code. I looked the code up online, it was the pressure switch, and I read up on how to clean the tube out. There hasn't been a single problem with the furnaces since.

I was just pissed that I paid $180 for them to come out and clean the furnaces, then two months later called for a service call which I had to pay $90 for, and both times I was told that I had to purchase new furnaces instead of them fixing it.... and also was told the problem was $600 part that had nothing to do with the problem it was having.

This fall I will be looking for another company.

We are an Albany local HVAC design, service, and installation company. We specialize in both residential and commercial work. Our staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. We would be happy to discuss you specific heating and cooling needs. Visit our web sight for further information and contact info.

www.cagrouphvac.com

Polsinello Fuels are great and right in Rensselaer. They did our energy audit and replaced our furnace and ac. Very thorough and we save money with a high efficiency system

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