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Old 05-02-2013, 07:03 PM  
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So I fixed my own AC unit

Every year I have to recharge my AC unit 2 times to get through the summer. Normally $125. This year they told me Freon has gone way up due to the gov trying to do away with it and it will cost $700 to recharge. They tell me I really need to think about replacing my system , which they have said every year. It is original to the house built in 1977 so its 33 years old. So they tell me it's gonna cost $5000-$7000 off the hip but they will send a guy over to give me a definite price. I tell the wife , screw that !

Three days later Sam shows up , he measures the house and tours the attic, comes back down and whips out his computer. He first shows me that I have 3 inches of blown insulation in my attic where as I should have 13 inches. He talks to me for 2 hours to get all the details, how many people, number of showers taken , how much cooking is done in the kitchen and so on. Then he starts printing off estimates of new systems. The first one is $17,000 and they work their way down to $5000. He shows me how the most effecient system will save me $1100 / year in energy savings. Then to reinsulate the attic another $6000 which alone will save me another $800 a year. They seal everything tight in the process.

So after much debate I went ahead and got the Cadillac system and put it all on a new credit card at o% for 21 months.

Gee I sure feel ****in cozy now.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:15 PM   #3
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Your old one was about twice the average life span of an air conditioner, so good call. They're right about the Freon; they're phasing it out in favor of Puron, which doesn't harm the ozone layer. Spending $11,000 to save $1,900 per year can't be beat; assuming you're not planning to move, you'll be in the black in about six years.

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Old 05-02-2013, 07:24 PM   #4
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Your old one was about twice the average life span of an air conditioner, so good call. They're right about the Freon; they're phasing it out in favor of Puron, which doesn't harm the ozone layer. Spending $11,000 to save $1,900 per year can't be beat; assuming you're not planning to move, you'll be in the black in about six years.

You did everything right.
I wouldn't have put it on a credit card. If I needed that kind of money and I don't have the cash, I'd get a loan at the local credit union. I'd pay the loan off pretty quickly too and then I'd still have the cc in case of emergencies or something.

I have a relative who bought a car on a credit card so it's doable. But really, why go that route when a small loan that you can pay off in a few years makes so much more sense?
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #5
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #6
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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I wouldn't have put it on a credit card. If I needed that kind of money and I don't have the cash, I'd get a loan at the local credit union. I'd pay the loan off pretty quickly too and then I'd still have the cc in case of emergencies or something.

I have a relative who bought a car on a credit card so it's doable. But really, why go that route when a small loan that you can pay off in a few years makes so much more sense?
It doesn't matter where you go, you can't beat 0% for 21 months.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:30 PM   #8
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #9
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Check your local utility for rebates, check govts for tax rebates/credits
Yeah, I forgot to mention $1500 rebate as well as a $500 tax credit.

I've used 0% cc for years. as long as you are disciplined and pay them off it's FREE money.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:36 PM   #10
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For that kind of money you could have imported an Egyptian peasant to fan you with a palm frond. It might be less efficient but it would be much more prestigious.
That would be nice but it might be a Muslim and I really am not to partial to muslims right now. But if she's hot i might be willing to accept a temporary palming if she agrees not to blow me up.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:38 PM   #11
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Every year I have to recharge my AC unit 2 times to get through the summer. Normally $125. This year they told me Freon has gone way up due to the gov trying to do away with it and it will cost $700 to recharge. They tell me I really need to think about replacing my system , which they have said every year. It is original to the house built in 1977 so its 33 years old. So they tell me it's gonna cost $5000-$7000 off the hip but they will send a guy over to give me a definite price. I tell the wife , screw that !

Three days later Sam shows up , he measures the house and tours the attic, comes back down and whips out his computer. He first shows me that I have 3 inches of blown insulation in my attic where as I should have 13 inches. He talks to me for 2 hours to get all the details, how many people, number of showers taken , how much cooking is done in the kitchen and so on. Then he starts printing off estimates of new systems. The first one is $17,000 and they work their way down to $5000. He shows me how the most effecient system will save me $1100 / year in energy savings. Then to reinsulate the attic another $6000 which alone will save me another $800 a year. They seal everything tight in the process.

So after much debate I went ahead and got the Cadillac system and put it all on a new credit card at o% for 21 months.

Gee I sure feel ****in cozy now.
I would imagine your old system was running on R22 which was discontinued in 2010, I believe, and the price has gone up as its been replaced with R410.

If you had to have the thing refilled twice a year you had a pretty good leak going on.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:39 PM   #12
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I wouldn't have put it on a credit card. If I needed that kind of money and I don't have the cash, I'd get a loan at the local credit union. I'd pay the loan off pretty quickly too and then I'd still have the cc in case of emergencies or something.

I have a relative who bought a car on a credit card so it's doable. But really, why go that route when a small loan that you can pay off in a few years makes so much more sense?


Umm. 0% for 21 months is cheaper than any credit union on the face of the planet.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:39 PM   #13
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I would imagine your old system was running on R22 which was discontinued in 2010, I believe, and the price has gone up as its been replaced with R410.

If you had to have the thing refilled twice a year you had a pretty good leak going on.
Agreed on both.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #14
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By the way , the coolest thing about this system is the thermostat which is hooked to the internet. I can set the temp from my cell phone or my laptop, so if i want the house cooled down before i get home I can just drop the temp a few degrees.

also , hehe, the wife doesn't know I can adjust it .And EVERY time she moves the thermostat i get an email. She likes it warm 72 and I like it at 68 so I will now win this battle. She moved it 4 frickin times today !
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