17:13 15 Jul 20
Brain Jones described very openly and clearly what inspections and work he was doing on our Trane Varispeed HVAC system and why. He was friendly and humourus. He was good at explaining how the system worked, and what problems to look out for down the line. He was also very good at explaining the cost benefits of signing up for Ward Guard, we signed up for a years cover to save on a re inspection of the Freon gas pressure that we can do in 6 months to determine if a leak is serious enough to warrant work. The only thing I'd say could be improved is the over emphasis that our machine 'is getting old and will need to be replaced'. It's a 10 year old high end Trane, just out of warranty and so it has plenty of life in it before needing to spend several K on a new one. A good AC unit well installed should easily get 15-20 years. That said I'd have Brian over again in a heart beat, he's a good technician and a valuable employee for Ward Plumbing, many thanks Brian.Update:So after purchasing a year's worth of Ward Guard protection when I had the original inspection in October, Ward plumbing were very keen to come out in inspect the system and reinspect the system at what seemed too short a service interval. After a couple of calls (December and January) I relented, the appointment was made for February and the technician came when scheduled. When discovering my Trane system was 11 years old, I was again recommended a system replacement even before the inspection. The pressure on the Freon gas was said to be sub optimal and the technician suspected a slow and small leak. I was surprised that despite having ward guard, I had to pay an additional $300 for this brief inspection to confirm this was the case. The Evaporator Coil (A $1500 part ) said to be the likely culprit. The technician used this as justification for recommending a whole system replacement on our 11 year old Trane AC (XL15i external unit and 15 Seer VariSpeed inside unit). Personally, I view this as more of a sales pitch than a repair. I do not believe an 11 year old Trane AC is old, I'd say it's middle aged and well worth repairing. It's now early may and Ward are calling again to schedule an appointment (I was also called in late March but turned them down), no doubt their engineers will come around again and recommend a system replacement. I think I need a second opinion.