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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.

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.

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.

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.

Does an HVAC technician need to enter my home?

Because most HVAC systems are located in the home, it’s likely that an HVAC technician would need to enter yours when working on the projects. However, there might be exceptions. Some HVAC systems are located in garages or in areas of the house that are sectioned off. During the consultation, ask your technician if they'll need to enter your home.

When you contact local technicians, ask if they’ll perform a video call in place of a traditional consultation. Be sure to send all materials like photos and documents digitally, and comply with all relevant guidelines.

Do HVAC technicians offer remote or virtual services?

Because HVAC technicians need to be physically present to do their work, they have not conventionally offered remote or virtual services. However, with the importance of social distancing due to COVID-19, the need for remote capabilities is greater than ever. If you come across a profile that states the HVAC technician or AC professional is offering remote services, message the pro to find out what those services include.

Consult with your technician to see if the technician will be able to perform a video call consultation. You can find local technicians near you by searching online.

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.

What types of appliances can a professional install?

There are a number of different appliances that professionals can install for you, including:

  • Washers and dryers. These machines are heavy and very sensitive to being level and balanced, and also require hookups to water, electricity and sometimes gas or propane.
  • Cooking ranges. Your range may use propane or gas, which is a hookup job best left to the pros.
  • Microwaves. You may want to have your microwave be an undermount or in-mounted unit, which a pro can install and make it look seamless.
  • Refrigerators. These are heavy and often require a water hookup.
  • And more!

Reach out to an appliance installation service, and find out if they can install your appliance. Often, it’s helpful to provide the brand and model of the appliance you’re trying to set up.

Reviews for Los Angeles air conditioning professionals
Edward K.
Ben is a consummate professional who did a great job. On Wednesday, I called to repair my air conditioner. He told me that my unit was 23 years old and would need to be replaced. He quoted me a total cost that was at the median Home Advisor cost for a similar job... so I expected median work. I could not have been more wrong. By Tuesday, Ben received a new air conditioning unit, ordered a crane to install the air conditioner on my sloped ceiling, and fully installed new central air! He didn’t deviate a penny from the original quote... in spite of some intervening complications. Finally, he took time to advise me on maintenance. I found his tips very helpful. He’s the pro you trust when you need to repair or install a new air conditioner or heater!
Air pro heating and cooling incAir pro heating and cooling inc
Edward K.
Nate went above and beyond to replace an air conditioner for me. He even worked after hours to make sure that the job was done to satisfaction. The job required plugging in holes with caulk and leveling a heavy air conditioning unit, so I was impressed when he finished the job with nary a stray mark on the wall! If you want your handyman to do excellent job, call Nate!
Blizzard Electrical & Structural RenovationsBlizzard Electrical & Structural Renovations
Thumbtack Customer
My air conditioner went out on the hottest days of this year (Of course) Service All Stars came out within a reasonable amount of time as mine wasn't the only one that went out. They were slammed. My service rep worked until 10:30 p.m. Very professional and great work ethic. Now I am cool as a cucumber! Thanks Service All-Stars!
Service All-StarsService All-Stars
Thumbtack Customer
I had a ductless air conditioner installed in my giant open living/dining/kitchen area after no window or portable units seemed to be effective. Mina was amazing! He did the job right away and quickly, he went above and beyond when my house required extra labor, and he WAY undercut his competitors prices for the same quality product! I would not hesitate to hire him again!
Sharony Fast ServicesSharony Fast Services
Terry A.
Just a great experience. We had many other people in to look at our old commercial air conditioner. Armen with air-0-statWas the only one who really explained exactly what was going on and then he stayed into the evening and got it all fixed at an unbelievable price much lower than anybody else. Itworks perfectly Wethought we’re going to have to replace the whole thing to the tune of 7000 and he only charged 750. A great deal, Another company quoted us much higher but no guarantees. He was determined to make it work. I will probably hire them for my home too really happy with the experience
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