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You can ask any business to provide proof of general liability specialist insurance coverage. Any business that is not ready to supply evidence of basic liability (GL) insurance must be prevented. A minimum standard for GL insurance is $1 million for residential work and $2 million for light industrial.
There are other techniques for researching air conditioning, heating and ventilation companies such as: call your regional Better Business Bereau (BBB), perform online searches and evaluations and ask the business in concern for referrals. Nevertheless, all of these approaches fall short of comprehensive transparency. The BBB really works for the business it represents as they are only rated if the business in question pays them a repeating charge. Online evaluation websites seldom show all of the reviews received, and post evaluations from sources that are not always reputable. This offers a platform for business to publish their own reviews and people to hastily post reviews without the company in question's capability to expertly solve the problem. In addition, no company would provide an unfavorable referral; only those that are exceptionally favorable. None of these are perfect characteristics for customers seeking entirely unbiased reviews and referrals. It is recommended to use these methods as an educated customer and consider the information source for what it deserves.
Among the best methods to discover a brand-new a/c, heating and ventilation contractor is through the "word-of-mouth" technique. If the business recommended was economical, expert and reliable for a pal or family member, there is a good opportunity that company will do the same for you. Excellent companies use the word-of-mouth approach to continuously supply a new customer stream by keeping their consumers happy.
Other traditional techniques for finding a brand-new cooling, heating and ventilation contractor consist of performing online searches, telephone directory directories or online directories and other advertisement mediums. Remember that all of these approaches are purchased and paid for by the business in concern. None of these techniques should function as a testimonial and should be used only as locating sources.
3rd party service providers such as Angie's list, Find Local and other online business are the most recent platforms for sourcing and rating a/c, heating and ventilating companies. Although these business do supply a service with some benefit, they are, in reality, adding cost to the consumer. Angie's List, as well as some other online organisation directories, charge the customer directly for their rankings and business' contact info. Other third-party sites provide consumers with air conditioning, heating and ventilation business and include the cost of being a middle-man to the service equation. Keep in mind that none of these are "totally free" which consumers must comprehend the cost and value of utilizing entities like these.
Multiple estimates are suggest when employing an air conditioning and heating specialist. There are no market standards for prices HVAC related product or service. Comparable jobs can vary countless dollars from one business to the next. A minimum of 3 estimates is recommended prior to the repair or replacement of any significant air conditioning and or heating unit part and prior to the design and installation of brand-new systems.
A consultation can be of value if the repair or replacement is pricey. Not all specialists or business are equal or reputable. Fixing a/c and heating unit is incredibly complex. It is not uncommon for a repair service technician to be not able to separate the issue or for an agent to recommend an unnecessary purchases. Calling a competing air conditioning and heating company can save money and time and remorse.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
My House Smells Like Fish?
So Like A Month Ago I Asked A Question About Me Smelling Like Fish But I Was Talking To Some Of My Friends And They Said It Is My House And I'M A Guy But I Was Wondering What Could Cause This And How I Can Fix It?
My first thought was a water leak. A very small leak can go undetected. Resulting rot and mold inside a wall could produce a bad smell. Check everywhere you have pipes and water. Most rooms with water back up to each other: kitchen & laundry, kitchen & bath, laundry & bath. Check both sides of a wall for evidence of a leak. Some homes have central air in the attic, and when the drain clogs up the condensation becomes a leak.
However, if you don't have any leaks the problem could be ELECTRICAL. Overheated electrical components can cause plastic insulation to exude fish-like odors. Open your breaker panel to see if the fish smell is stronger there. Check all plugs as well to see if they feel warm. This can indicate an overloaded circuit or a problem with connections to the outlet where the warm plug is located. If you find any of these conditions you should contact an electrician to look for and fix the problem. Eventually an overheated component could catch fire, and you will have a worse problem. See the link below for more info.
Why Does My Central Air Condition Smell?
The Unit Smells Like Burning Oil Or A Gas Smell Why
That sounds to me like the electric motor(s) are having to work way too hard. the bearings may be getting stiff and or it may be elctrically failing, and/or the filters need to be changed.
Is This Normal Heating And Air Conditioning Unit Stuff?
My Mother And Brother Live In A 40-Year-Old, 2,000-Square-Foot House In Florida. About Six Year Ago, They Were Sold A $5,000 Central Air Conditioner On The Basis That It Would Never Break Down.
Since Then, They Have Had Lots Of Troubles With It, Especially In The Last Two Or Three Years. Last Year They Had The Air Conditioning Guy Out Three Times, The Last Time Costing $1,700, When He Installed An Air Handler And Made Them Get A Warranty For It.
Shortly After That Viisit, My Brother Became Alarmed When He Noticed That The Lights Seemed To Dim Whenever The Heat Came On. (I'M Not Sure If The Unit They Bought Is Heat/Air, But Their A/C Guy Would Handle Both.) My Brother Also Felt The Heat Malfunctioned, And Resorted To A Space Heater During The Winter To Keep My Mother'S Room Warm.
Now The A/C Has Gone Out And They Are Experiencing High Temperatures For April, In The High 80'S. They Would Have Called In The A/C Guy Months Ago, But The $1,700 They Spent On Him Was Their Last Real Money And They Are Afraid That The Way The Warranty Works Is That You Pay Up Front, And Then Get Reimbursed.
What Is Complicating Everything Is That Their A/C Guy Is The Son Of My Mother'S Best Friend. You Would Have Thought That He Would Have Given Them A Break All Along, But, Instead, My Fear -- And I Hate To Be Negative, Or Cast Aspersions, But I Just Wonder -- Is That He Has Charged Them Premium Prices All Along Because He Knows They Won'T Go Anywhere Else So My Mother Won'T Offend His Mother.
Here Are My Questions:
Was The Original Price For Their Air Conditioner Normal?
Was The Cost For The Air Handler Normal?
Is It Normal To Have A High-End A/C Unit Break Down That Often?
How Do Those Warranties Work: Can They Get The A/C Guy Out There On The Warranty And Not Have To Pay, Or Will They Have To Get Reimbursed?
Any Suggestions For How To Get Out From Under This Situation Without Offending My Mother'S Friend? (&Quot;Oh, Hi, We Switched To Ice Packs!!!&Quot;)
What Do You Think Was Going On When, Every Time The Heat Came On Last Winter, The Lights Dimmed? I Was Not Sure Whether The Occurence Was Just When The Heat First Came On, Or Intermittently Or Sporadically, So I Asked My Brother. He Sent This Explanation:
&Quot;It Was Continuously, Whenever The Compressor Was On Or Was Operating, As I Recall.
But I Am Not Sure Of Those Details. I Just Remember That All The While That I Was Hearing
The Compressor Operating Outside The Window With Its Telltale Hum/Buzz Sound, It Would
Keep Making A Funny Sound Every Few Seconds, And For Just That Few Seconds Of
Duration, The Lights Would Dim. Then This Would Repeat, Over And Over And Over.
The Thing Is, It Seemed Odd To Me That The Compressor Was Even On At All, Because If
My Memory Served Me Right, It Did Not Seem As If The Compressor Should Have Needed
To Be On At All While The Heat Pump Was Operating, Only When The A/C Was.&Quot;
Thanking In Advance For Any Help You Can Give.
I'll try my best.
1. $5k is fair for an entire system, he definitely didn't do it for cost but doesn't sound like he marked it up much in the end, so yeah $5k is fair hard to say for sure though not knowing how fancy of unit he put in. realize there are basically two parts to the a/c - the outdoor unit and the indoor unit (air handler)
2. If you have had guys out a few times to work on it and than eventually the air handler got replaced than that sounds like the indoor coil inside the air handler was leaking refrigerant, and I would imagine thats why it got replaced, and why the tech made sure you got a warranty on it so down the road you won't get stuck with another 1700 bill if the same thing should happen, 1700 isnt bad.
3. Is it normal - no, possible yes, why? its america and stuff now days is made cheaper - meaning lighter duty. Consider a 30 year old car vs. a brand new one / just a little fender bender and the front end is demolised.
4. Typically a manufacturer will give a 5 year warranty on parts, 10 year on compressor, a contractor usually gives only 1 year warranty on labor unless an extended was purchased through the contractor than that would cover 10 years on all parts and labor.
5. I know you haven't had much luck with this guy, but it doesn't really sound like he is putting the screws to you, I would atleast allow him to come back for a diagnostic and go from there,they will have the service history on file and should be better at servivng it vs. getting another guy you could end up in a bigger nightmare. if they try another 1700 repair than I'd change contractors at that point.
6. The lights dimming isn't uncommon not to say its right, if its not a scroll compressor a start kit added to the unit wouldn't hurt, ultimately I believe the root of the problem lies with the elctrical panel. so this would be an electrican to fix this.
7. The heat pump is the a/c operating in reverse so compressor must be running otherwise the heat pump is not operating correctly, the humming, buzzing sound you hear is the compressor relay contacts - no trouble with that other than the noise may be irratating, a new one would fix the problem but if the noise doesn't bother you leave it, its not effecting the operation.
What Is The Difference Between Egress And Air Conditioning?
I Am Looking At Ohio University'S Dorms On Website. It Says For A Cretin Hall
&Quot;First And Second Floor Rooms With Two Forms Of Egress Have Air Conditioning
Third And Fourth Floor Rooms Have Air Conditioning&Quot;
What Is The Difference Between The 1,2 Floors And The 3,4 Floors? Which One Is Better To Choose Egress Or No Egress? What Does That Mean?
Two forms of egress on second floor: door/stairs and window with probably 10/15 foot drop. You get the picture. Third and Fourth floors should have fire escapes..if not... all the air conditioning in the world in a fire won't help you.
Does It Cost More To Run The Air Conditioning Or The Fan?
I Live In An Upstairs Apartment, And It Gets Really Hot During The Summer.
And, Of Course, Our Electric Bill Goes Through The Roof.
No Matter How Many Windows We Open Or How Many Floor And Ceiling Fans We Use, It Is Still Too Hot To Go Without The Air.
There Is An Option To Use The &Quot;Fan&Quot; On Our Air System Control. I Am Guessing It Runs A Big Fan That Send A Breeze Throughout The Apartment.
Would We Save Money By Running The Fan Or Should We Just Keep Running The Air?
(Ps. No Rude And/Or Sarcastic Comments Please)
I was told a fan only costs around 3c a minute to run, whereas an air con costs around 12 or 15c - so assuming the fan inside your air con is much like a regular fan, i'd say to try using your fan and see if it cools you down enough!