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What is an HVAC?
HVAC is an abbreviation used for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Another similar abbreviation is HVACR that people use in many cases.
This relates to all your heating and cooling needs for your home, business or any commercial buildings.
Professionals who are in this industry are trained and are required to have EPA license.

When it comes to heating and cooling a room or the entire building or a house, HVAC contractors will ensure that you are comfortable at all given times. Technically, anything from a window unit to a central heating and cooling system falls under this category. However, it is most commonly associated with complete heat and air systems. Air Conditioner contractors can not only professionally install the system but they can recommend advanced technology that is avaialble today with energy efficiency that will fit your budget.

What are different types of HVAC systems?
Any heating or cooling unit normally qualifies for being a HVAC system. But most commonly used Air conditioners and heat pumps are:

Central Systems - Ducted
Ductless Mini Split Systems
Gas Furnace Units
Window Air Conditioners
Package Terminal Units, also known as PTAC or PTHP
Portable Air Conditioners

To have my AC repaired, will a hvac contractor charge to diagnose a system?
The cost of a service call depends on several factors. Most HVAC technicians will charge a flat rate just to come to your home and examine your HVAC system. Additionally, a more experienced technician with a good reputation may charge more than a less experienced one. Furthermore, a weekend, holiday or evening visit will be more expensive than a weekday or regular working hour visit. Depending on these variables, the price of a service call can cost anywhere from $40 to $250. Be aware that in some cases the HVAC technician might discover that the problem is an electrical one and will need to contact an electrician, however the HVAC technician will almost always expect payment for his time and diagnosis.

In addition to the service fee, you’ll also have to factor in the cost of labor and parts. Some repairs, such as fixing a refrigerant leak, will cost anywhere between $200 and $1,500. Smaller problems like fuses and circuit breakers will run between $50 and $200. Depending on the HVAC model you have, a new thermostat can cost between $80 and $300.

Additionally, you can also contact an HVAC technician for routine maintenance checkups and filter replacements. Your HVAC technician may offer a yearly rate which includes two or three pre-paid visits at a discounted fee.

What is usually the cost Of installing hvac equipments?
The average price to install a air conditioner will range from $2650 to upwards of $20,000 depending upon various factors. If you’ve never had central air conditioning in your home, you may need new ductwork, which can push the price up by thousands of dollars.Several factors can increase the cost of your air conditioner installation. If you need a new thermostat, for example, or if the design of your house is such that substantial amounts of duct work are required to link with your existing furnace, you'll pay more than average.

The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) is also a critical factor. This ratio is a measure of an A/C unit's total cooling output (measured in BTU) during a season, divided by its total electric energy input. The higher the resulting number, the better. Most units sold are over 13 SEER, and some can perform at up to 27 SEER. The advantages of improved SEER ratings are lowered energy costs and cooling times, but they come with a corresponding cost increase. If your hot season isn't particularly long, the increased price may not be worth it.

It's also possible to lower the noise of your air conditioner. Louder units can run over 80 decibels on a hot day, which is painful up close. Many municipalities have passed laws that require new installations to be under a certain decibel level. At 75 decibels, for example, you'll probably hear the unit from the garage or through a window on the same side of the house, while at 70 it will begin to fade into background noise. Most popular brands have high-efficiency, low noise models available for an increased price. Air conditioning costs depend in large measure on whom you hire, what size of system you need and your A/C unit's overall efficiency.

Do manufacturers have their own hvac contractors that one should contact?
Some manufacturers require a specific kind of certified air conditioning contractor for their products.
These contractors are specially trained by the brands themselves as some of their products may require special training for installing some of their higher end products. But most of the air conditioners sold in the industry do not require special training, they are standard and require typical installation by any HVAC contractor in your city.

How do i know if an hvac contractor is good at what he/she does?
Verify whether the HVAC contractor has a decent rating and low volume of customer complaints with a consumer affairs organization in your local area. Visit the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website listed in the Sources section of this article to research an HVAC contractor and their business or contact the Council of BBB for feedback.

If you are unsure which licenses and certifications HVAC contractors are required to have, you may want to find out by contacting a government official or representative from your local area or state. You may also visit the Contractor's License website found in the Sources section of this article to determine the licenses needed in each state and also to verify the license validity of a specific contractor. Ask the HVAC contractor to show you copies of their current licenses or certifications. You may also want to find out if the contractor has worker's compensation insurance in the event they are injured on your property.

Why is it important to have a contractor to install a system, can I install it?
A lot of customers have called us asking if they install the unit without the licensed AC company, will their warranty be void? Answer to that question is Yes. Unfortunately no brand or manufacturer can take the responsibility of the equipment if it was not professionally installed. HVAC contractor are trained to diagnose and install air conditioners and they require to have an EPA license. Hiring a professional will not only ensure that the unit was installed appropriately, but at the same you don't have to worry about any repair costs that normally occur from poor self installation.

Will my HVAC contractor get repair parts or do i have to buy them myself?
HVAC contractors normally have local rescources they can buy the parts from, most of the times they will have it in their truck. They can get your the parts and add their labor cost for any repair that you might need with your air conditioner or heat pump systems.

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