Here is our monthly look at HVAC and related news you can use. This month – price increases.
September 2018 Top HVAC News Stories
Price Increases Announced
Most major HVAC manufacturers have raised prices on residential equipment. Most point to inflationary pressures caused by a strong economy and tariffs on steel and aluminum.
The increases take effect as early as October 1, 2018. Increases of 3 to 6 percent are most common, but some increases are as high as 9 percent. Among those raising prices are United Technologies, which makes Carrier and Bryant plus ICP brands Heil, ComfortMaker, Keeprite, Tempstar and Night & Day. Ingersoll Rand (Trane and American Standard), Daikin (Daikin, Goodman, Amana), Nortek Global (Maytag, Broan, NuTone) and Johnson Controls (York, Luxaire, Coleman and others).
October A Good Time for Deals
Prices are rising, but HVAC dealers are a little slower right now before heating season is in full swing. Many want to stay busy and sell remaining inventory. As a result, this is a good time to find discounts on equipment, installation and financing.
If you’re in the market for new HVAC equipment, call around to dealers in your area to find the best bargains. As examples to show you the kind of bargains available this time of year, here’s a 20% Off deal on Trane, and here are coupons for discounted AC repair, 0% financing and more.
Thermostat C-Wire Issues
If you’re replacing your thermostat, you might find the old unit doesn’t use the c-wire, or common wire but the new unit needs it.
This article complete with videos discusses the issue and how to solve it.
The Best Smart Thermostats
Smart thermostats have been available for nearly a decade, so the technology has had time to evolve. Which models stand out? Here are three models that the gadget gurus at C/Net think stand out.
Fall Furnace Troubleshooting
Furnaces are being fired up for the first time all over the country. If your furnace isn’t working at all or isn’t heating properly, this 8-minute video will help you determine what the issue is and whether you can repair it yourself.
If the video doesn’t help, call a qualified contractor to get your furnace repaired or replaced.