Air conditioning rebates

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Igoe Realty P.A.

Air conditioning rebates start Aug. 30
A/C replacement could net $1,500
BY LAURA RUANE

· lruane@news-press.com •

August 23, 2010 runs through Dec. 31, or until $15 million in federal stimulus money runs out.

What's cool about this program is that some consumers will manage to stack this rebate atop
another from Florida Power & Light - and also get1:10 A.M. - A state "cash for clunkers" rebate for
home central air conditioning systems debuts Monday, Aug. 30.

You can check out all the details at rebates.com/floridahvac, but here are some highlights:

The rebate is a flat amount of $1,500, put on an American Express prepaid card. It is intended to
encourage people to replace their older, less-energy-efficient systems. The rebate program  a
federal energy tax credit.

For some purchases, there might also be a manufacturer rebate. The combination could pay back up to half of what some systems cost.

Some A/C contractors, though, are worried about how quickly and cheaply consumers will be able to
meet the requirement of getting their ducts tested by qualified people.

"There are very few people set up to do that kind of work," said Suzanne Warnky, certified air
conditioning contractor and owner of Warnky Heating & Cooling, North Fort Myers. Depending on
conditions, testing could cost as much as $1,000, Warnky said.

On the plus side, the rebate program "generates interest in air conditioning replacement from people
who might not have been interested before," Warnky said.

Also, there's still available a federal energy tax credit available to buyers of qualified, energy-thrifty
central air conditioning systems. That credit - 30 percent of the system price or a maximum of $1,500- expires at year's end.

Florida Power & Light customers also are eligible for yet another rebate from the electric utility. The
amount varies according to price and energy efficiency of the models purchased.

Starting prices for new air conditioning systems range from $5,500 to $7,500, according to Mike
Hendershott, corporate sales manager for Fort Myers-based Home-Tech.

As many as 12,000 consumers will benefit from the new rebate program, according to the Florida
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors Association.

The rebate interests Teri Cooper, 62, of south Fort Myers.

"I have a system that's 7 years old, and not that energy efficient," Cooper said. By combining the
rebate with FPL's rebate and the federal tax credit, "you could get an $8,000 system for something like
$4,000," Cooper said.

However, A/C contractor Warnky warned that homeowners must be able to pay for the systems
and installation, with no guarantee they'll get the state rebate.

Further, some homes have leaky ducts that are inaccessible or otherwise impossible to repair
sufficiently.

Said Warnky: "It's unfortunate (the program) is not going to help a lot of consumers who need it the
most."

TO QUALIFY FOR PROGRAM

To qualify for Florida's Energy Star residential HVAC rebate:

· Go to rebates.com/floridahvac to read all instructions. A rebate form may be downloaded from
this site.

· Purchase and install a central air conditioner, airsource heat pump or geothermal heat pump that
meets federal energy tax credit standards.

· Purchase and install the system between Aug. 30 and Dec. 31.

· Get your ducts tested. This must be done by a Florida Class 1 rater, a Florida-licensed mechanical
contractor or a recognized test and balance agent.

· Duct leakage can be no more than 15 percent to the outside. If it's more, repairs must be made.

· Submit the rebate application form and four additional documents specified on the rebate website.

· Applications must be postmarked on or before Dec. 31. Funding is limited: The first applications are more likely to get rebates.

SOURCE: Governor's Energy Office

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Alan Bruzee
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD

There are a lot of energy rebates around right now.  I purchases a new HVAC system!

Aug 22, 2010 11:48 PM #1
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Carla Harbert
www.LorainCountyHomeSales.com - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

This especially caught my eye since my mother-in-law in Florida was just talking about getting a new unit before her old one died, and asked us to look into it for her.

Aug 23, 2010 12:01 AM #2
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Mel Lanoma

Better wait a while, because the system has some bugs in it. For example, the 198-page list of allowable heat pumps has dozens of models repeated dozens, sometimes hundreds of times (the same model listed over and over again). Other qualifying models by the same manufacturer are not listed at all.

Aug 23, 2010 04:00 AM #3
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Carolyn Richards

When I called the company I had received my estimate & my decision was to go ahead they informed me that the cost for duct testing was $700 & there was no guarentee that I would be in time for one of the 10,000 applications.  Who would be dumb enough to put out $700 for duct testing to "maybe" get a rebate.  I don't know who set up the rebate but it sounds like some type of scam.  I assume the only ones to get the rebate have their air conditioners & paperwork will be post dated.  This evidently is nothing to help the average homeowner. 

Aug 25, 2010 09:03 AM #4
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Carolyn Richards

When I called the company I had received my estimate & my decision was to go ahead they informed me that the cost for duct testing was $700 & there was no guarentee that I would be in time for one of the 10,000 applications.  Who would be dumb enough to put out $700 for duct testing to "maybe" get a rebate.  I don't know who set up the rebate but it sounds like some type of scam.  I assume the only ones to get the rebate have their air conditioners & paperwork will be post dated.  This evidently is nothing to help the average homeowner. 

Aug 25, 2010 09:03 AM #5
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Jeanette Igoe
Igoe Realty P.A. - Estero, FL
CIPS, GRI, TRC, SFR, e-PRO, CFS,

I believe this for for the replacement of equipment, not testing of your duct work.

You get credits on taxes and believe me this is not a scam.

Call the electric company, a licensed A.C contractor if you need a new energy efficient appliance.

Good luck

Jeanette

Aug 25, 2010 10:12 AM #6
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Mike Simmons

This could actually cost you more than the rebate is worth.

You need to get a manual J program run as well as a duct test. The manual J program will cost $300.00 and the duct test will cost $500. If your house passes then you can get in line for a possible $1,500.00 rebate netting only $700.00. If your house does not pass the first duct test, you will need to have repairs done and pay another $500.00 for a second test. If the repairs cost just $200.00 you will have spent $1,500.00 at this point. Now you get in line for a CHANCE at the rebate netting $0.00. All costs are approximate but you can see that this rebate is actually much smaller than it appears to be with the potential to actually cost more than it is worth.

If the state guaranteed $700.00 to the homeowner without having to take a chance on test results, and paid the testers directly it would remove the liability from the homeowner. As it is now, the risk may not be worth it.

Aug 27, 2010 03:29 PM #7
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bobbi caputo

are you eligible for a rebate if you replaced electric a/c and gas heating on 8/3/10 when it just stopped working? 

Oct 23, 2010 06:06 AM #8
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Anthony Ragusa

I submitted my paper work for Air conditioner rebate on Sept 6, 2010. I have not received any

payment to date.  I called the rebate center and they  my name for payment but can not

advise me when I will receive payment.  Do you know if any payments have been made?

 

Anthony Ragusa (954) 344-3516

Jan 23, 2011 02:42 PM #9
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Jeanette Igoe
Igoe Realty P.A. - Estero, FL
CIPS, GRI, TRC, SFR, e-PRO, CFS,

I'm sorry, I don't know when you will receive payment, I know the funds were limited. 

Many people received rebates, not sure why you haven't, Hopefully you will get one soon.

Jan 23, 2011 10:41 PM #10
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Carlos Gilberto Blanco

I submitted my paper work for Air conditioner rebate on Sept 01, 2010. I have not received any Payment up to date.  I called the rebate center but they can not advise me when I will receive payment.  Do you know if any payments have been made?

Jun 10, 2011 09:10 AM #11
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