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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What size air conditioner do I need?

Your air conditioner should have about 20 BTU per square foot of living space, according to Consumer Reports. However, you should also account for other factors in the room. 

If it’s a very shady space, you can take off 10% of the square footage BTU calculation. If it’s sunny, add 10%. For rooms normally occupied by two or more people, you should add 600 BTU per additional person. Finally, if the room is a kitchen, add 4,000 BTU to your calculated square footage total.

Talk to an air conditioning company or HVAC professional to find out what size you should get.

How do I find a good HVAC contractor in Phoenix?

Start your search for the best HVAC and AC contractors in Phoenix by comparing professionals online. Comparing local pros online is a quick and easy way to gain access to customer ratings, reviews and even photographs of real work done by the contractors. 

You should also spend some time researching the contractors’ credentials. For example, visit the Arizona Registrar of Contractors website to find out if any of the HVAC and AC contractors you’re considering have an active license.

Lastly, you need to gather several free estimates from the contractors. Compare the quotes you receive to decide on the best fit for your project. Just remember that you shouldn’t sacrifice quality in order to pay the lowest possible price. 

Do I need central air in Phoenix?

Central air conditioning can help you stay safe and comfortable in Phoenix, especially during the city’s hot and grueling summers. Staying cool is particularly important for vulnerable individuals such as the elderly, those with preexisting medical conditions and even those with pets. 

Contact the best HVAC pros in Phoenix so you can get free estimates and start planning your central air installation project today.

What does SEER mean on an air conditioner?

The SEER label on an air conditioner stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. This is a measure of the efficiency of either an air conditioning unit or a heat pump. 

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends replacing older AC units with energy-efficient models. Contact an air conditioning company or HVAC specialist for tips on how to select a new unit.

Why is my air conditioner leaking water?

An air conditioner leaking inside the house is a common problem. It could indicate that the air filter is dirty. Or, one of the following may be the culprit:

  • Clogged condensate drain line
  • Leaky, damaged, cracked or rusted drain pan
  • Dirty or broken coils
  • Frozen evaporator coils
  • Broken condensate pump
  • Not enough refrigerant
  • Disconnected drain line

If your AC is leaking, contact a repair service to find out what the problem is — and how much it will cost to fix it.

Can I install central air myself?

While you may be able to do some preparation work for central air installation, you should hire a licensed contractor to complete the project and handle the air conditioning refrigerants. 

Also, unless you have the proper credentials, you risk making common mistakes when installing central air. This may include installing the wrong-size furnace, improperly installing ductwork and exhaust systems, and incorrectly managing drainage.

To ensure your central air is installed correctly, contact the best HVAC pros near you and start getting free estimates today.

Does central air add value to a home?

A central air unit or HVAC system may add value to your home. Or, if you’re in the process of selling your home, it may help you close a sale.

The Remodeling Impact report found that 20% of realtors have suggested that home sellers replace their HVAC before attempting to sell their homes, and 7% said this project did help close a sale. 

Talk with an expert to figure out if adding an HVAC system is a good idea for your home. And contact the best HVAC pros near you to get free estimates so you’ll know how much this project will cost you.

Is it worth it to install central air?

Depending on where you live, it might be worth it to install central air. Central air makes your house comfortable on hot summer days. And although it’s hard to predict if adding central air will increase your home’s value, prospective homebuyers will certainly notice if it’s missing.

Another advantage of central air is that it can help dehumidify your home. Not only will it make your home more comfortable and enjoyable, but it can also  help prevent mold from growing or spreading.

Contact the best HVAC contractors near you to learn more about the central air installation process and to start receiving free estimates.

How much does it cost to install appliances?

Installing a new appliance costs $125, on average. However, homeowners should expect to pay within the range of $120 to $150. 

For less complex appliance installations, you may pay a low-end cost ranging between $65 and $100. On the other hand, more complex appliances like laundry machines, ranges and other items can cost between $175 and $326 to install. Ask whichever appliance installation service you hire to give you a price quote, if possible.

Should you tip appliance installers?

You can tip appliance installers if you feel their service has gone above and beyond. A standard tip is between $10 and $20. 

Reasons you might consider tipping include a very pleasant customer service demeanor, having to carry a heavy appliance up or down the stairs, working in inclement weather, taking care not to make a mess and other acts of care and consideration. You are not obligated to leave a tip — but one is always appreciated.

Reviews for Phoenix air conditioning professionals
Aldin S.
TLC is absolutely amazing. While the other guys tried to upsell me a new air conditioner TLC was able to come out the next day and repair the existing air conditioner. The technician that came out was very knowledgeable, efficient and quick. I really appreciate the responsiveness of TLC, great company.
Suttle AirSuttle Air
Thumbtack Customer
My air conditioner was running constantly and not keeping the house very cool. Ken came over the next morning and cleaned it and added refrigerant. He was very efficient, friendly and professional. That night I had to turn my air up as my house was too cold!! I'm very happy with the service and will continue to use Baker Heating and Cooling.
Baker Heating and CoolingBaker Heating and Cooling
Anna C.
Miguel did an excellent job. He explained all our options and let us decide what was the best choice for our situation. The cost was very reasonable and the job was completed very quickly and effectively. Our air conditioner is working great. Would definitely use again.
Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCSharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I noticed that my air conditioner was blowing warm air when I woke up Saturday morning, and it was making a screeching noise. I went online to find repair companies and found Thumbtack, which showed me some options. After checking out H&I services I decided to give them a call. Ken is very professional, knowledgeable and considerate. He was able to come out within hours of the call. After checking the unit, he thoroughly explained the problem and the cost to fix it which was a very reasonable price. I highly recommend his company.
H & I Home ServicesH & I Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
We could not be happier! We get so frustrated with people coming to our house to try and sell new air conditioners vs fixing the problem and Dan was absolutely fantastic. He was 10 MINUTES EARLY. Gave us a low quote with warranty and was super fast. We are now jokingly complaining its too cold. :) Thanks Dan. We will be calling again and will send referrals/friends your way.
Christy W.
We couldn't have been more pleased with Jon and his team. He went above and beyond to get our air conditioning up and running in our height temps exceeding 115. He even took a call from me at 7:00 pm to hear our story and as to what we had been experiencing with our air conditioner, and our recent event with another repair shop. J and J come out the very next morning and took the time, to explain all that was happening. He took photos to show us what the unit looked like and where the problem was. They explained and diagonsed the problem in less than 45 minutes. In fact, I learned more in that 45 minutes, than I learned in 3 hours from the day before with another repair shop. Excellent people! We will use them for any future repairs or maintenance needed. Thank you Jon!
J and J HVAC L.L.CJ and J HVAC L.L.C
Thumbtack Customer
So happy I found Ken on this site to service my air conditioner!!! He was here within one hour of calling him on a hot Saturday afternoon. He was very informative and fairly priced. I couldn't be more pleased and will definitely be calling him for any future repairs needed. So glad I found this guy and took a chance instead of the big company I had used prior! I'm not so stressed on what route to go with my units currant problems and can't thank you enough Ken!!!! Will be calling you to do my slow leak search and will figure out what to do next with your educated guidance!
H & I Home ServicesH & I Home Services
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