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You can ask any business to offer proof of general liability specialist insurance coverage. Any business that is not ready to supply evidence of basic liability (GL) insurance should be avoided. A minimum basic for GL insurance coverage is $1 million for residential work and $2 million for light commercial.
There are other methods for researching air conditioning, heating and ventilation companies such as: call your regional Better Business Bereau (BBB), carry out online searches and reviews and ask the business in concern for referrals. However, all of these techniques disappoint thorough openness. The BBB in fact works for the companies it represents as they are just ranked if the business in question pays them a repeating charge. Online evaluation websites hardly ever show all of the reviews received, and post reviews from sources that are not constantly credible. This supplies a platform for business to post their own evaluations and people to quickly publish reviews without the business in question's capability to professionally solve the problem. Moreover, no company would offer an unfavorable recommendation; only those that are incredibly favorable. None of these are ideal characteristics for customers looking for totally objective reviews and references. It is encouraged to use these approaches as an educated consumer and think about the details source for exactly what it is worth.
Among the finest ways to discover a brand-new a/c, heating and ventilation specialist is via the "word-of-mouth" approach. If the company advised was budget-friendly, professional and trustworthy for a pal or member of the family, there is a likelihood that business will do the exact same for you. Excellent companies use the word-of-mouth approach to continually offer a new customer stream by keeping their clients happy.
Other traditional methods for finding a new a/c, heating and ventilation contractor include carrying out online searches, phonebook directories or online directories and other ad mediums. Remember that all of these techniques are purchased and spent for by the companies in question. None of these methods need to function as a review and needs to be utilized only as locating sources.
3rd party providers such as Angie's list, Discover Local and other online business are the most recent platforms for sourcing and score a/c, heating and aerating companies. Although these business do provide a service with some merit, they are, in reality, adding cost to the consumer. Angie's List, in addition to some other online business directories, charge the client straight for their rankings and business' contact information. Other third-party websites provide customers with cooling, heating and ventilation companies and include the expense of being a middle-man to the company equation. Remember that none of these are "free" and that consumers ought to understand the expense and worth of utilizing entities like these.
Numerous estimates are suggest when employing an air conditioning and heating specialist. There are no industry standards for pricing HEATING AND COOLING related service or items. Similar jobs can differ countless dollars from one company to the next. A minimum of three price quotes is advised prior to the repair or replacement of any significant cooling and or heater element and prior to the design and installation of new systems.
A 2nd viewpoint can be of value if the repair work or replacement is pricey. Not all professionals or business are equivalent or trusted. Fixing a/c and heating systems is exceptionally complicated. It is not uncommon for a repair professional to be unable to separate the issue or for an agent to suggest an unneeded purchases. Calling a contending cooling and heating company can conserve time and cash and remorse.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Can You Really Install Central Air Conditioning In The Middle Of Winter, With Snow On The Ground?!?
Having A Debate With A Friend And Curious If That'S Really True
Yes you can. In my opinion, people wait to install air conditioning during the winter time, in hope of getting an off-season price or discount on the unit/install.
-Miller's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning
By the way... Who won the debate?
Has Anyone Purchased A Central Conditioning Unit From Home Depot?
Our Local Home Depot Sells And Installs Trane And Rheem Central Air Conditioning Units. Like To Know Your Experience If Home Depot Installed One For You. I Assume That Home Depot Contracts The Installation To A Certified Installers. The Pricing Seems Like A Great Deal. Are There Any &Quot;Gotcha'S&Quot; Or Added Expenses. Thanks For Your Help!
I had an estimate from Home Depot on a Trane system. They gave me a price of $8500. I thought this was high so I looked around to other Trane dealers and got the same unit for $5300.
Their salesman told me that places like Home Depot just contract it out to a local company and tack a hefty profit on for themselves.
I check out who was doing the installs for Home Depot and he was right. It was a local company contracted to Home Depot.
What Qualifications Do You Need To Be An Air Conditioning Engineer?
I Am Currently Training To Be A Teacher And Once Qualified Plan To Move To Dubai To Teach. My Hubby Is Currently A Lorry Driver And Is Thinking Of Training In Air Conditioning To Give Him Another Line Of Potential Work Overseas. Does Anyone Know What Qualifications You Need To Have And Whether You Have To Work In The Air Con Industry To Study? I Have Found A Hvac Distance Learning Qualification But I'M Not Sure If This Is Worth Anything In The Industry? Please Help!!!!! P.S. We Live In England.
Air conditioner engineers are responsible for designing air conditioners for homes, schools, private offices or other facilities where their services are required. Many air conditioner engineers work as self-employed contract workers. Before becoming employed, engineers must meet certain requirements that include a degree in mechanical engineering and certification. Those in this field will enjoy a lucrative salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those who possess a degree in mechanical engineering earned a median salary of $58, 766 as of May 2008.
Obtain a high school diploma or GED. Before entering into a secondary education program, potential air conditioner engineers are required to submit a high school transcript to the school of their choice. High school students should take courses in algebra and physics that will help prepare them for the skills necessary to become a successful air conditioner engineer.
Obtain a bachelor's degree. Many employers prefer to hire air conditioner engineers who possess a bachelor's degree. Those interested in pursuing this career usually pursue fields such as mechanical engineering. These programs are available at most local colleges and universities and may take up to five years to complete. Course work may include, thermodynamics, calculus, statistics and other courses related to engineering. Students also will participate in team projects that include laboratory work.
Obtain a license. Before becoming employed, air conditioner engineers must become licensed through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Becoming licensed requires that the engineer pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam administered by the council. After four years of experience, engineers must take the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam, which indicates they are an advanced professional. In addition, many employers require that engineers become certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Join an association. Organizations, such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers allow members to network with other engineers and have access to seminars and training.
Tips & Warnings
Air conditioner engineers may be required to attend training seminars and workshops to update their skills to stay current with new technologies.
Engineers may work long hours that include weekends and holidays.
An engineer's job requires that they travel from one location to another when answering service calls.
Air conditioner engineers must be detail-oriented, which is useful in performing calculations when assessing the moisture levels in air conditioners.
I Sold A Portable Air Conditioning, Guy Returned. Is It Possible That He Stole Something Inside?
Hey Everyone. I Sold My Used Portable Air Conditioning On Craigslist To This Guy, Which Was Working Perfectly Fine, It'S A Nice Brand Unit And 13,000Btu And It Was Pricy And I Sold For 1/3 Of Original Price (Was 2 Years Old And Only Used For Summers And Not Even 8 Hours A Day). Two Days Later He Suddenly Calls Me And Says He Wants To Return It Because It'S Shutting Down. When He Gets Here He Says That Actually It Was Working But Not Cooling Enough Which I Thought Was Weird -Different Excuses-. I Was Wondering If It'S Possible That He Replaced Some Piece Inside Or Something. I Can'T Tell If It'S Not Cooling Enough Because I Didn'T Install It To Test But Seems To Be Working Alright When I Turn It On I Can Feel The Cold Air -Not Sure It'S Blowing Cold Like Before-. Any Technician There Or Someone Who Understands About 'Do It Yourself' When It Comes To Portables Could Tell Me If Could This Be Some Kind Of Scam? Thanks A Lot And Have A Good Day!
I agree part missing it just wont work, but if i was to give u an answer let say!
The guy on craiglist was a person who works with air condioners, knows a thing or two about them, has one that works crappy, sees ur add than thinks a "free part", thus switching them making urs crappier and his better.
Some Questions For Air Conditioning Technicians Please?
I Live In Dallas Texas Where Temperatures Have Been 100°F To 110°F For Over 30 Days.
I Understand It Is Very Hot Outside And My Air Conditioner Has A Lot Of Work To Do. It Would Run Almost Constantly, Even Though I Set My Thermostat To 81° Instead Of The Recommended 78°. I Bought A Programmable Thermostat To Use Less Energy When I Am Away. I Live In An Apartment And My Electric Bills Have Been Been Ridiculous. I Have 50% To 80% Higher Electric Bills Than My Neighbors Who Say They Set Their Thermostats From 75° To 78°. Some Neighbors Have Families That Use More Electricity While I Am By Myself And, I Assume, Would Use Less Electricity. I'Ve Tried Everything To Bring My Electric Bill Down, Even Using High Efficiency Light Bulbs Everywhere. I Turn Off Lights And Everything Else When Not In Use.
Last Night My Air Conditioner Went Out. The Apartment Maintenance Men Are Outside Right Now Installing A New Condenser Unit. Apparently My Old Compressor Went Out. The Old Condenser Unit Looks Ancient And I'M Hoping The Newer Units Is Energy Efficient.
So My Questions Are...
Is It Possible My Old Condenser Unit/Compressor Was Using Too Much Electricity To Cool The Apartment Because It Was Old And Worn Out? Will The Ac Cool Better And Run Less With The New Unit? Can I Hope For More Manageable Electric Bills From Now On Since I'Ll Have A New Condenser And Compressor?
Thanks For Your Help.
You have a good understanding that the unit works harder when the temperatures are higher. Air conditioning systems are designed for conditions that are most prevalent in an area over about 97.5% of the time. This happens with the thought that the other 2.5% of the time normal conditions will be exceeded but it only amounts to about 60 hours a year. You and I both know Mother Nature doesn't see it that way. Right now, Texas is experiencing higher than normal conditions and has done so for quite some time. Air conditioning systems through out the state of Texas are trying to move more heat than they are designed to move. As they operate at higher loads, they consume more power. More power has to be generated to meet the demand and of course we have to pay out the nose.
Your new unit should undoubtedly operate better than the old one. As it aged, it became more and more difficult to start the motors, more and more parts wore against each other, the insulation values decreased, and the motors drew more power to do the same amount of work. As long as the new unit is properly charged, it should do the job much more efficiently than the old one and that means less power for the same amount of work. Using the programmable thermostat can also reduce power consumption and lower the bill. With the higher than normal conditions Texas is seeing, I would still expect to see a considerable electric bill.