This might sound crazy, but purchasing the best central vacuum system is not that much different than ordering a great pizza. In fact, a great central vacuum system has more in common with a pizza than you might think. This is especially true when you consider how the best wholes are always greater than the sum of their parts.
So what exactly do built-in central vacuum systems and delicious pizzas have in common? To start with, they’re both simple and complex simultaneously, depending on how you look at them. If you’re just looking at their components or ingredients, they’re both pretty straightforward, right? Pizzas are typically made with pretty everyday ingredients — dough, cheese, tomatoes. . . And the components of a central vacuum system are pretty simple too. They’re all made up of a vacuum unit (the part that creates the suction), the hoses and accessories, and the pipes and wires that go into the walls of your home.
But things get more complicated when you consider them as wholes. When you order a pizza, you’re getting more than just the ingredients. You’re getting a recipe, the ovens, the chef, and hopefully a quick delivery. But most importantly you’re paying for the pizza place’s reputation and the service they give.
And it’s exactly the same with a central vacuum system. Of all the components that go into a central vacuum system, the most important is the installation, the part where the technicians put the pipes and wires into the walls of your home. Here's why: If your vacuum unit or hoses break, they can easily be repaired or replaced, but if you have a bad installation, you’ve got a real situation on your hands because the pipes and wiring are hidden behind walls. That’s why choosing the right central vacuum company is so important. You’ll regret it if you leave the job to an unlicensed or untrained company. We see this often.
A problems associated with a bad installation may or may not show up right away, but I guarantee you they WILL show up eventually, even if it takes several months. Then the problems will start coming fast and furious.
I wish my customers and potential customers alike could come along on some of my service calls. Then they’d see firsthand the nightmare installation problems I deal with on a daily basis, all of them caused by inexperienced or unlicensed companies.
There are a hundred pizza places in just about every town, but only a few who knock it out of the park. And just like with pizza, there only a few central vacuum installers who will do the job right the first time and give you the follow up service you deserve. And if you want to know who does the best installations, do what you do with pizza places and ask the locals for advice.