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You can ask any company to provide evidence of basic liability contractor insurance coverage. Any business that is not prepared to supply evidence of basic liability (GL) insurance need to be avoided. A minimum basic for GL insurance coverage is $1 million for residential work and $2 million for light business.
There are other techniques for investigating air conditioning, heating and ventilation business such as: call your regional Better Business Bereau (BBB), perform online searches and reviews and ask the company in question for recommendations. However, all of these techniques disappoint comprehensive transparency. The BBB really works for the companies it represents as they are only rated if the business in question pays them a repeating charge. Online review sites rarely show all of the evaluations received, and post reviews from sources that are not always trustworthy. This offers a platform for business to post their own reviews and individuals to hastily publish evaluations without the business in concern's capability to expertly fix the concern. Furthermore, no company would provide an unfavorable recommendation; only those that are extremely positive. None of these are ideal characteristics for consumers seeking completely objective evaluations and referrals. It is encouraged to utilize these techniques as an educated consumer and consider the information source for what it is worth.
One of the best ways to discover a brand-new cooling, heating and ventilation contractor is via the "word-of-mouth" approach. If the business suggested was budget friendly, expert and reliable for a buddy or family member, there is an excellent possibility that company will do the same for you. Great companies use the word-of-mouth method to continuously provide a new consumer stream by keeping their customers delighted.
Other traditional approaches for finding a brand-new a/c, heating and ventilation contractor include performing online searches, phonebook directories or online directory sites and other advertisement mediums. Keep in mind that of these approaches are bought and spent for by the companies in concern. None of these techniques should work as a testimonial and ought to be utilized only as locating sources.
3rd party suppliers such as Angie's list, Find Local and other online business are the newest platforms for sourcing and ranking air conditioning, heating and ventilating companies. Although these business do provide a service with some merit, they are, in fact, including cost to the consumer. Angie's List, along with some other online organisation directory sites, charge the customer directly for their scores and companies' contact information. Other third-party sites offer customers with a/c, heating and ventilation companies and include the expense of being a middle-man to the company formula. Keep in mind that none of these are "totally free" which customers should understand the expense and worth of using entities like these.
Multiple price quotes are suggest when hiring an air conditioning and heating professional. There are no market requirements for rates HEATING AND COOLING associated product or service. Comparable jobs can vary countless dollars from one company to the next. A minimum of 3 quotes is advised prior to the repair or replacement of any significant air conditioning and or heater element and before the style and installation of brand-new systems.
A consultation can be of value if the repair or replacement is pricey. Not all specialists or companies are equal or trustworthy. Repairing cooling and heater is extremely complex. It is not uncommon for a repair specialist to be unable to separate the problem or for a representative to suggest an unnecessary purchases. Calling a competing a/c and heating company can save time and cash and regret.
Air Conditioning and Heating Repair
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is There A Brand Of Home Air Conditioners That Are Better Than Others? Some To Avoid?
Can I Still Buy An R22 System Even Though They'Re Being Phased Out?
How Much Can I Expect To Pay If All I Need Is The Outside Unit? The Inside Unit Is New, Outside Is Old. Can I Just Buy A New One For The Outside Without Buying A Whole New System?
Well,.. yes, you can, but why would you? I can understand some people don't want to spend a lot of money, but you are a little short on pertinent information. The inside unit is new? You replaced the case coil or furnace section only, or both? -without any upgrade on the condensing unit? It doesn't sound to me like you have a HVAC service outfit that has your best interests in mind.
OK to answer your query: yes you can get a R22 condensing unit but it will be "dry" charged with nitrogen. Plus, when it does need to be serviced, R22 will be EXTREMELY expensive.... so it doesn't make a lot of sense to just do another R22 unit with the phase-out in full swing.
Bite the bullet and get a R410a system, with the highest SEER rating you can afford. Yes that means the line set will have to be replaced too. The existing lines are not the right size, and they are impregnated with oil that is not compatible with polyolester oil.
Look I know this response is not going to be popular, but do yourself and your electric bill a favor, huh?
Estimate For Central Air Conditioning And New Windows?
Hi All. My Husband And I Are Looking To Purchase A Home That We Both Absolutely Love But There Are 2 (Potentially Costly?) Problems. (1) There Is No Central Air, And The Ducts (?) Won'T Allow For It Because It Has Baseboard Heating (???) And (2) The Windows Are All Original To The House, Meaning Heating And Cooling Costs Literally Go Out The Window....:(
My Question Is How Much (Estimate) Would Full Central Air And New (Double Paned) Windows Be For A House That Is 3500 Sq. Ft. And Approximately 40 Windows? We Would Need To Factor In This Cost In Our Bid....A Ballpark Is Fine!!! Thanks In Advance!!! 🙂
First of all I am a general Contractor who has our own carpenters, we sub out non-Carpentry work.
I have never seen a window other than a storm window for $70. I don't know everything - but here is what I would estimate.
1st story windows = a good replacement window in a double hung unit (raise up and down) $300-$450 ea. 36" x 54" or less. 1st story picture window (solid large glass in center - 2 flank units -one on each side $ 800-$1200. 6' x 54" or less.
Replacement windows can be sized so minimal interior work is required, but these windows leave in the old frame.
We have done both systems. Usually we install Pella,Marvin or Andersen Replacement windows and we pull the entire old unit out frame and all. Set new windows, New trim & extension jambs, sometimes we need to bend and fit new aluminum around exterior fillers and caulk.
This type system allow $400 - $600 per window.
$1200 - $1500 for large picture window. Bay and Bow windows priced according to size.
Any windows on 2nd level ? add 30% to each window.
Central air will require ductwork (I'm guessing in ceiling) is your house on a slab? If you have adequate room in crawl or basement you might want to convert whole new system to heat pump.
A 3 ton ac unit with ductwork, registers cut in. ample room for duct either in attic/crawl. $4,500 - $6,000.
New heating/cooling system combined using same ductwork for both $ 6,500 - $9,000.
Some heat pump systems can be zoned, with many options.
The systems at the top of the tier in pricing could be as high as $10,000-$15,000.
I didn't see where you mentioned if this is 2 story house or not. This will add to prices as you probably will need a ductwork chase somewhere from 1st level to 2nd level for ductwork, trunklines.
Air Conditioner Brand?
Im Looking For An Air Conditioner At Target To Cool The Upstairs Of My House... Whats The Best Brand (Amana)(Haier)(Fedders) And What Does 8,000 Btu Stand For? Is This Good?
The brand does not really matter.
BTU is an old-fashioned unit of energy. The higher the value the better cooling but also the highest cost and carbon footprint.
Ac Air Conditioning Window Units?
Do Window Air Conditioning Units Give Off Carbon Dioxide Or Any Other Poisonous Fumes? My Central Ac Is Broken So I Am Using A Small 6500 Btu Window Air Conditioning Unit. It Is Sitting In The Window Of My Kitchen Door So The Heat & Water Drip Into My Garage. The Kitchen Door Opens Into The Garage (25' X 15' - 20'). Is It Safe To Do This? It Feels Like It's 150 Degrees Out There. There Is A 2' X 2' Hole (Covered W/Screen) About 8' High On The Opposite Wall (An Ac Duct Used To Be There) - Am Hoping That Is Good Enough For Ventilation. Living Space Inside Is 1100 Sq Ft - Is A Block House In Miami.
There is absolutely no danger in this. There are no emissions from a window A/C unit. The only thing it does is extract heat from the air that gets blown into the room, and blows it out of the room (in this case into your garage). The only other thing it does is create condensation (water) which also dumps out of the unit to the outside (the garage). No worries.
As for that 2x2 hole in the opposite wall, cover it up. The cooled air that you just paid money to cool, is gonna escape through that hole. If you leave that open, you may as well just leave the windows open as well.
High Velocity Air Conditioning-Good Idea Or Bad?
I Am Looking At A House That Has The Good Old Radiators For Heat And The Current Owners Use Room Air Conditioners In Each Bedroom. Someone Told Me A Solution To This Would Be To Install High Velocity Air Conditioning As It Does Not Require Massive Installation Of Duct Work. I Am Wondering How Efficient It Is And How Expensive It Is. I Would Be Cooling An Area That Is About 1000 Square Feet--Basically A Living Room, Kitchen And 3 Bedrooms. Also, How Energy Efficient Are Those Old Radiators. I Have Heard That They Are Very Good At Keeping The House Warm--But Are They Expensive, Can You Put Timers On Them Like You Do With Forced Air Heat, Are They Energy Hogs?
the high velocity central ac systems that use small diameter,less intrusive ductwork work well as far as i've seen....they can be more expensive because you have to buy the specific ductwork required from the same place you buy the indoor unit [ air handler]...usually you can use any major brand outdoor unit...the brand i've seen is called "unico",,work fine......as far as the radiater heat,it isnt the radiaters that are more eff or less eff,,but the boiler itself....is it gas fired [ natural or propane /lp ] ??...if so,if its less than 20 years old its probably around 80% eff,meaning only 20% of the heat is vented to the outside...if its 25-35 years old,probably around 70% eff,,,older than that,probably 60% eff.....for the most part,gas boilers top out around 80-83% eff,,,any more eff than that and you cant vent them conventionally,,in which case the boiler and venting can cost more,,only makes sense if conventional venting [ chimney or vertical b-vent through house ] has a problem that would be cost prohibitive to repair.....most oil fired boilers are in the 70%-80% eff range as far as i know,but i dont work on oil fired furnaces/boilers......and you can use a programmable tstat with the boiler....fyi,radiater heat is the best heat...the reason most new homes dont have it is because they are running all the ductwork for the central ac anyway,,cheaper to connect a hot air furnace to the ducts than to run a lot of water pipes and radiaters with a boiler as well as having a seperate central ac system with its own ductwork,,also not everyone likes the look of radiaters,including the newer "tube in fin" baseboard type............dan