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You can ask any company to supply evidence of basic liability professional insurance. Any company that is not happy to provide proof of general liability (GL) insurance should be prevented. A minimum basic for GL insurance is $1 million for domestic work and $2 million for light industrial.
There are other approaches for investigating cooling, heating and ventilation business such as: call your regional Better Business Bereau (BBB), carry out online searches and evaluations and ask the business in question for recommendations. Nevertheless, all these approaches fall brief of thorough openness. The BBB in fact works for the business it represents as they are just ranked if the business in concern pays them a recurring fee. Online review websites rarely display all of the evaluations received, and post evaluations from sources that are not always trustworthy. This offers a platform for business to publish their own evaluations and people to hastily publish reviews without the business in question's ability to expertly fix the issue. Additionally, no company would provide an unfavorable recommendation; just those that are very positive. None of these are perfect dynamics for customers seeking totally objective reviews and references. It is recommended to utilize these approaches as an educated customer and think about the info source for what it is worth.
One of the very best methods to discover a brand-new a/c, heating and ventilation professional is by means of the "word-of-mouth" approach. If the business suggested was budget friendly, professional and trustworthy for a friend or family member, there is a great chance that business will do the same for you. Excellent companies utilize the word-of-mouth method to continually supply a brand-new customer stream by keeping their customers pleased.
Other conventional approaches for discovering a new cooling, heating and ventilation specialist consist of performing online searches, phone book directories or online directories and other advertisement mediums. Bear in mind that of these methods are purchased and paid for by the business in concern. None of these approaches need to act as a testimonial and should be used just as finding sources.
Third party companies such as Angie's list, Find Local and other online business are the latest platforms for sourcing and rating air conditioning, heating and aerating companies. Although these business do offer a service with some benefit, they are, in fact, adding expense to the consumer. Angie's List, along with some other online business directory sites, charge the client directly for their scores and companies' contact details. Other third-party sites provide consumers with air conditioning, heating and ventilation companies and add the expense of being a middle-man to the business formula. Remember that none of these are "complimentary" and that customers ought to understand the expense and value of using entities like these.
Several estimates are recommend when employing a cooling and heating professional. There are no market standards for pricing HEATING AND COOLING related service or items. Similar jobs can vary countless dollars from one company to the next. A minimum of 3 price quotes is advised prior to the repair or replacement of any major a/c and or heater element and prior to the style and installation of brand-new systems.
A second viewpoint can be of value if the repair work or replacement is pricey. Not all specialists or companies are equivalent or trustworthy. Repairing a/c and heating unit is very complicated. It is not unusual for a repair work professional to be not able to separate the problem or for a representative to advise an unnecessary purchases. Calling a contending a/c and heating company can save time and loan and regret.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is The Ideal Seer Rating For Heating/Air Conditioning Unit For A 3,600 Sq.' House?
I actually work for an HVAC company. In the past we would sell a 10 SEER however, most of the companies have gotten rid of the 10 SEER because it is not as energy effeciant. You should get a whole bunch of different estimates and pick the brains of the people who come out to you since this is going to be a huge purchase. Chances are you are going to want a 13 SEER and if you can add an energy saver package on it. Although it may cost you an extra grand over the coarse of the 10 years the unit should last you you will save more than that in your energy bills. Also try to go with a company that offers an 10-20 year warantee from the manufacturer on the compressor and/or heat exchanger. Also remember that this is considered a Capital Improvement on your home. Some companies will charge tax to un-knowing people and pocket that extra cash. You should get a certificate of capital improvement to take off on your taxes next year. Good luck.
How Do You Install Central Air Conditioning?
I Just Purchased My First Home, And The Home Currently Has All The Work Completed For Central Air, Only Thing Missing Is The Central Air Unit. Who Can Install A Unit For Me? I Don'T Want To Spend Thousands On A Good Unit And Found Good Deals On Craigslist, But Can I Use Any Household A/C Unit, Or Does It Have To Be Specific? Also Do I Need To Get A Seperate Unit For Heating?
I'm confused? Your home has ALL the work completed for an a/c but no outdoor unit?
So the indoor coil is installed and drained? Electrical is run? Disconnect box installed?
Or are just the refrigerant lines run?
I'm guessing this is the case since it's a new home. Call a couple reputable a/c company's, that have been in business for more than a few years and will stand behind their work, and get some quotes. Yes the a/c unit has to be sized for your home, the sizing is based on the sq ft of your home. As for heating.... does your house have a furnace? Or is it an air handler in the attic? Did you not ask if the house had heat BEFORE you bought it?? LOL!
Where Can I Find A Pro To Evaluate My Homes Heating And Air Conditioning Deficiencies In Birmingham, Al?
Although My Heating And Air Conditioning System Is Only Three Years Old, The Temperature In My Home Varies Widely From Room To Room And From One End To The Other. How Can I Find An Honest Independent Professional, With Nothing To Gain, Who Would Analyze The Heating And Cooling Deficiencies In My Home, And Design A Solution? Internet Searches Just Produce Heating And Cooling Companies Who Simply Want To Sell You Something, Whether It Solves The Real Problem Or Not.
A heating and A/C contractor in your area should be able to recommend someone in that field
who would do an air/loss test on the whole house.The test will detect every spot where heat is
being lost. He will be able to recommend a solution.
The age of your house and upgrading of insulation will play a huge part.
How can you be sure the correct size of system was installed three years ago? Many factors
are considered. Square footage, amount of existing insulation, proper attic venting, number and
type of windows, bungalow or two story and whether you have a heated basement.
Water Damage/Mold From Air Conditioner?
About 6 Weeks Ago, My Air Conditioning Unit Wasn'T Cooling Properly, So I Had It Repaired. The Guy Told Me There Was A Block Of Ice That Formed On The Unit, So He Cranked Up The Heat To Melt It. There Was A Little Puddle Of Water On The Floor, So He Had Me Put Down A Towel & He Was On His Way. The Other Day, I Noticed Serious Water Damage & Mold On My Walls Where The Unit Is. Was There Anything He Could Have Told Me To Do To Prevent This? Someone From The Company Is On Their Way Now To Take A Look, But Claim They Aren'T Responsible.
You can call your insurance company and let them go after the service contractor or even your ac manufacturer if its a defect or under warranty. This in my opinion would be a covered loss because your water damage and mold existence is in direct relation to the ac issue. Basements or a utility room that houses these units usually are high in relative humidity with poor ventilation. Therefore any water that protruded to floor took a very long time to dry as it wicked up your drywall.
You can also purchase little cheap water sensors to place on ground near these units, water heaters, or sump pumps that detect water. If you are in need of need water damage restoration or mold remediation services I would advise you to call a certified company. We service all of new Jersey if this is where you are located. http://www.atlanticwaterdamage.com
Question Regarding A Specific Type Of Air Conditioning Refrigerants.?
I Am Looking To Switch The Refrigerant In The Ac System At My Work From A Standard R22 Refrigerant To A Product Called Super-Freeze 22A. Has Anyone Ever Used This Type?
I Am Aware That The Government Is Starting To Phase Out R22 Due To The Environmental Issues Surrounding This Refrigerant. Supposedly This Super Freeze Blends With The R22 And Among Other Small Difference (As The Company Informed) Lower Head Pressure As Well As Better For The Environment And About $300 Cheaper Than R22.
I Guess I Am Just Wondering If Anyone Has Used This Product And Has A Review On How It Performed.
SEE the referenced site for comments from people who have used this product......
Super-Freeze 22a, a HC-based refrigerant, is a blend of environmentally safe hydrocarbon fluids designed as a direct replacement and retrofit refrigerant option for replacing R22 refrigerants in residential and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration systems. 22a operates at lower head pressures and offers improved cooling properties and performance compared to R22. See weight equivalency chart below!
•Operation: Super-Freeze 22a possesses similar volumetric refrigerating effects to R22 refrigerants. Operates at lower head pressures and offers improved cooling properties and performance verses R22. Can be used effectively in R22 refrigeration systems.
•Lower Cost: Increased energy savings up to 30%.
•Compatibility: Compatible with most common refrigeration materials and lubricants including R22, R502, metal components, mineral and synthetic(Ester and PAG) lubricants, seals, gaskets, hoses, compressors, and o-rings.
•Environment: 100% natural organic refrigerant, non-ozone depleting, non-global warming. Super-Freeze 22a is in full compliance with the UN Montreal Protocol.
•Safety: Does not become caustic when contaminated with moisture or oxygen. Non-toxic, non-carcinogen, autoignition temperature above 800 F. No long term health risks have been attributed to Super-Freeze 22a refrigerant.
Because Super-Freeze 22a Refrigerant is so efficent, you will use up to 40% less! Please see weight equivalencies below.
30 lb cylinder = 12 lbs Super-Freeze Refrigerant and is Equivalent to 30 lbs of R22
50 lb cylinder = 20 lbs Super-Freeze Refrigerant and is Equivalent to 50 lbs of R22
Each ounce of Super-Freeze Refrigerant is equivalent to 2.5 ounces of R22