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You can ask any business to supply proof of basic liability contractor insurance. Any company that is not ready to offer proof of basic liability (GL) insurance should be prevented. A minimum basic for GL insurance coverage is $1 million for property work and $2 million for light commercial.
There are other methods for looking into cooling, heating and ventilation business such as: contact your local Better Business Bereau (BBB), carry out online searches and reviews and ask the company in concern for recommendations. Nevertheless, all of these approaches fall short of extensive openness. The BBB really works for the companies it represents as they are only ranked if the company in concern pays them a recurring cost. Online review websites seldom display all the reviews received, and post evaluations from sources that are not constantly reputable. This supplies a platform for business to publish their own evaluations and individuals to hastily publish evaluations without the company in question's capability to expertly fix the issue. Additionally, no company would offer a negative recommendation; only those that are incredibly positive. None of these are perfect characteristics for customers looking for totally objective reviews and references. It is advised to use these methods as an informed consumer and consider the information source for exactly what it is worth.
Among the very best ways to find a new a/c, heating and ventilation specialist is via the "word-of-mouth" technique. If the business recommended was inexpensive, professional and trusted for a good friend or member of the family, there is a great chance that company will do the exact same for you. Excellent companies use the word-of-mouth technique to continuously provide a new customer stream by keeping their clients delighted.
Other traditional techniques for finding a new a/c, heating and ventilation contractor include carrying out online searches, phone book directories or online directory sites and other ad mediums. Bear in mind that of these techniques are purchased and spent for by the companies in concern. None of these methods must function as a review and should be used just as locating sources.
3rd party companies such as Angie's list, Find Regional and other online business are the latest platforms for sourcing and ranking cooling, heating and ventilating business. Although these companies do offer a service with some benefit, they are, in reality, including cost to the customer. Angie's List, along with some other online business directory sites, charge the client straight for their ratings and business' contact info. Other third-party websites supply consumers with cooling, heating and ventilation business and include the cost of being a middle-man to business formula. Bear in mind that none of these are "complimentary" which consumers must comprehend the expense and worth of utilizing entities like these.
Multiple quotes are recommend when hiring an air conditioning and heating professional. There are no industry standards for pricing HVAC related product or service. Comparable tasks can vary countless dollars from one company to the next. A minimum of 3 estimates is recommended prior to the repair work or replacement of any major air conditioning and or heating system component and prior to 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 business are equal or reliable. Fixing air conditioning and heating systems is exceptionally complex. It is not uncommon for a repair technician to be not able to isolate the issue or for an agent to suggest an unneeded purchases. Getting in touch with a contending air conditioning and heating business can save time and loan and regret.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is Better, An R22 Air Conditioning Unit Or A R410?
I Know That The R410 Is Newer And Better For The Environment But I Have Been Told It Does Not Cool As Well And Because It Is So New All The Problems Have Really Not Been Worked Through With It. I Am Told That Even Though They Are Phasing Out R22 In 2010, Parts And Such Will Be Available Until 2030.
I Am Torn And Don't Know What To Do And What To Get. My Ac Broke And We Need A New One. I Want To Get Something That Is Good For The Environment And If They Are Phasing Out R22's It Makes Sense To Get A R410 But I Am Afraid Of Doing This Just Yet As I Am Told The R410 Models That Are Out Now Are Just Not Up To Par......
I Am Lost In What To Do And Need To Get A New Ac Installed Tomorrow. Anyone Who Knows Anything About Ac's And The Pros And Cons Of Each Type Please Let Me Know Asap.
It Would Be So Appreciated!!!
Get an R-22 air conditioner.You will not be effected at all with the 22 phase out issue.
The most obvious operational difference between the two refrigerants is the temperature pressure relationship.The pressure of R410a is approximately 1.6 times greater than R-22.The oil is also extremely hydroscopic,in that it very readily absorbs moisture if the system was open to the atmosphere.These and other conditions make service work more unfriendly as opposed to working with 22.
Both gases will cool well but I have installed many R410a air conditioners where the home owner would make comments on how their old R-22 air conditioner seemed to cool far better.The repairs are also more costly as compared to a R-22 unit and that will not change.R 410a has never been an inexpensive gas and will also increase even more.
If you were changing your unit out 10 years down the road,I would lean to the R 410a unit but you are not.
The R-22 unit is by far your best bet today.
Why Doesn'T Air Conditioning Turn On During Daytime?
Here'S A Perplexing Problem. We Have Central Air. The Unit Is Mounted On Our Roof. Frequently For The Last Couple Of Years, If It'S Not Turned On Early In The Day (Before 11:00 Am Or So) It Will Not Turn On At All Until After About 5:00 Or 6:00 Pm. It Works Flawlessly At Night And In The Early Morning. Once It'S Started, It Will Work All Day Otherwise, The Fan Just Doesn'T Kick In. Midday, I Can Hear The Noise Of It Trying To Start Up If I Turn It On, But Nothing Happens, So I Just Turn It Off Again So As Not To Waste Electricity. We'Ve Often Left It Running A Half Hour Or So In This Condition, But It Usually Doesn'T Do Anything. Every Once In A While, However, It Will Start After Being Left On Like That For A Half Hour Or More. Anybody Got Any Ideas?
If it's not turning on during the day it sounds like a schedule conflict at the thermostat. Assuming the stat is a 7 day programmable stat. You must clear the leave and return settings of the schedule. If this is not the case, you may have some mechanical, electrical, or refrigerant problems with your outdoor condensing unit. If it is on the roof I would highly suggest having a service technician look at it.
Best Home Air Conditioner And Gas Furnace?
I'M Going To Replace My Home Air Conditioner And Gas Furnace, What Is The Best Brand? Do You Have Any Horror Stories, Or Successes?
There are many "best" equipment manufacturers for residential A/C and heating. Lennox, Trane, American Standard and Carrier would be my choices in no particular order. What I tell people looking for a new system is it's not so much the equipment as it is the company installing the equipment. You can put in the "best" equipment, but if it's installed poorly, it won't matter. Look for a reputable air conditioning and heating company that will be there when something goes wrong and one that will stand behind the equipment warranty. Get a few bids and make sure a load calculation is done, and make sure you're comparing apples to apples.
Husband Works 6 Days A Week, His Day Off He Wants To Relax And Drink Beers, I Want To Do Something. Resolve?
My Husband Sometimes Works Five Days A Week In Heating And Air Conditioning And Has Many Other Side Jobs That Take Up His Time Saturday And During The Week. He Doesn't Have To Work So Much But Wants The Extra Money.(I Also Work Full Time By The Way And Contribute. He Also Doesn't Spend His Money On Me - Like Gifts Or Anything.) Anyhow, On His Day Off He Wants To Relax And Drink Beers While I Want To 'Spend Quality Time' With Him And Go Do Something - Anything - Like A Walk In The Park Or A Picnic In The Park Or Drive To The Mountains - Anything And It Doesn't Have To Require Spending Money. I Feel Like We Don't Do Anything Fun And Things Are Stale On Boring - At Least For Me Maybe Not For Him. How Do We Resolve This? I Know He's Tired But What To Do? I've Tried Talking To Him But The Conversations Never Resolve Anything And We Just End Up Argueing. I've Even Tried Simply Asking To Go Somewhere. But He's Not Into Doing Anything.
maybe he just doesn't want t spend time with you so he's working so much to avoid you. i don't mean that to hurt. you just may want to consider why he works so much and why he doesn't want to do things with you.
Copper Tubing Solder On Central Air Conditioning Unit.?
My Compressor Went Out On My Central Air Cooling Unit. I Have Gotten Another Compressor, For Around $250 Much Better Than The $1000, The A/C Guy Wanted. Now I Need To Know The Procedure For Soldering The Copper Tubing Onto It. What Kind Of Solder Should I Use For That Pressured Compressor, What Kind Of Couplings?
I'm not quite sure you should be doing this yourself. You'll need copper couplings the same size as the copper tubing. You'll need a torch, flux, and acid-free solder or solder sticks. You'll also need a new dryer unit to go in the line, as the old one is probably full of gunk. Before you break the seal on the old unit, you need to pump the system down to a vacuum and the old gas, which is probably polluted, into a container for safe disposal. If the system is open, there's not much you can do. When you complete the new system, you still need to pump it down to a vacuum and see if it holds the vacuum. Then you can add the new gas to the system specifications which are on a plate somewhere on the condenser unit. It is measured in pounds and the volume will vary depending on the length of copper from the condenser to the coil. You may also have to replace the metering device (expansion valve, etc.) in the coil because it, too, could be corrupted. Your problem is that you not a licensed HVAC technician and no one is going to sell you the gas. You are also going to have to make the electrical connections for the new compressor. Be sure to get a new starting capacitor to go with it. Be absolutely certain you've killed the circuit before dealing with the electricity. If done properly, there are temp ratings that apply to both the high and low side pipes. You are liable to cause more damage if you attempt all this yourself.