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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Do I need central air in DC?

Installing central air is a good choice if you live DC, where cold winters are followed by hot, muggy summers.

Central air is particularly important for elderly persons, families with very young children and those with heat-sensitive health conditions. Central air conditioning can also help reduce humidity, which can encourage mold growth and exacerbate heat.

Contact the best HVAC pros in DC to get free estimates for your central air installation project.

How do I find a good HVAC contractor in DC?

You can locate the best HVAC and AC contractors in DC by searching for local professionals online. Begin by comparing their ratings, as well as Top Pro badges and customer reviews. 

Also, spend a little time figuring out what type of credentials the HVAC contractors have obtained. You can ask them to share their credentials, or you can try searching online. For example, visit the Board of Industrial Trades website to look up and verify licenses in DC.

Once you’ve selected a few professionals who seem right for your HVAC or AC project, start asking for free estimates. Before you hire a contractor, compare the quotes you’ve received and make an informed decision.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a HVAC technician during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a safe consultation or appointment with an HVAC technician during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by comparing technicians in your area in an online search. Message or call technicians to ask whether they can perform a consultation over the phone or even over a video call. This way, they can assess the problem without increasing the risk of virus transmission by visiting your house. 

If it turns out the service is essential, you’ll need to follow CDC guidelines as well as local government guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.

How can I find out if an HVAC technician is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Currently, governments on both the federal and local levels are updating guidelines on what qualifies as an essential service. To see whether an HVAC technician is considered an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, check your city or state’s government website. 

For federal guidelines, check CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 page, which identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors during the crisis. But note that not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire an HVAC technician when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a technician for an HVAC repair or installation project, practice current social distancing guidelines. This may require remaining outside while the technician works or ensuring the technician can work in a sectioned-off area or outbuilding.

Comply with social distancing guidelines while the technician is performing work. Do not make physical contact with technicians, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you at all times, sanitize all involved spaces and surface and pay using a digital platform instead of cash or a check.

Can I use digital payments to pay for central air conditioning services?

The use of digital payment platforms -- like Google Pay, PayPal, Zelle, Venmo and Square Cash -- is common among air conditioning technicians. Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic is improving the adoption of these platforms as a means of helping social distancing.

As you compare local air conditioning technicians online, contact them to see if they’ll accept digital payments. Also, discuss strategies for completing the job while complying with safety guidelines for reducing the risk of exposure.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with an appliance specialist during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up a consultation or appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic is virtually, with no in-person contact. After messaging the appliance repairman, you can ask to set up a video chat or phone call to discuss what work needs to be done. Make sure to ask them how they handle payments, keeping in mind that paying in advance may be safer than handling cash or credit cards until the pandemic is over. Ask the professional what procedures and precautions they have in place to ensure safety during this time. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire an appliance repairman or specialist when social distancing?

If you decide to hire an appliance service specialist or repairman, check your local news for community guidelines and follow the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing. Discuss safety protocols with the appliance repairmen before they enter your home. And when they enter your home, stay at least 6 feet apart, don’t shake hands, sanitize all involved surfaces and use digital payments instead of cash or a check. 

If you decide to postpone the work, consider buying a gift card from them or paying for future work. This is a great way to give back to the community, as many small businesses and individual contractors are feeling the economic effects of social distancing. 

How can I find out if an appliance repairman or specialist is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

The definition of an essential provider varies based on state, city and local guidelines. Visit the official government website of your state or city to see which services are considered an essential in your area.

For more information on a national level, read CISA’s publication on critical infrastructure workers. However, note that not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

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.

Reviews for Washington air conditioning professionals
Susan L.
Nash and his assistant Michael came the same day I contacted them, and diagnosed and fixed a leaking air conditioner in a very hot attic in an efficient manner.
cool breeze servicescool breeze services
Ryan D.
Excellent, personable, and knowledgeable HVAC service!! Mark went out of his way to get required parts for my air conditioner repair job and provided excellent customer service throughout the duration of the job for a fair price. I highly recommend.
M. Wright & SonM. Wright & Son
Martha T.
HVAC Plus was excellent - our air conditioning went out the Friday before a holiday weekend, and HVAC Plus was the only company willing to come out Saturday (and they came out within an hour of contacting them). They got the air conditioner fixed and running again within a couple of hours at a very reasonable cost under the circumstances. Highly recommend and will use again.
HVAC PLUS LLCHVAC PLUS LLC
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were great! Our air conditioner broke in the middle of a heatwave and they came out immediately and worked until 9pm to resolve the problem, even taking a trip back to their office to get a part. They were professional, courteous, and very helpful. I highly recommend them.
Gomez AC ContractorGomez AC Contractor
Marilyn C.
When my air conditioner stopped working in July, I hired Julian because of the reviews that were posted here and because he was available the same day. He got it to work again and all was well. Yesterday my air conditioner stopped running again, and I was quick to imply it was because of something Julian did not do. Sometimes you have to admit when you're wrong. I was wrong to make that implication. When he came to my home in July, he told me I needed a new board. I didn't want to believe it, because the system is only two years old. At my request, Julian spoke with the installer and did what the installer suggested. My system worked for about 40 days and now we're right back at the same place -- I need a new board. The fact of the matter is the system the installer put in my home is at the lower end of the spectrum, and my frustration was misdirected. Julian has been very responsive and accommodating in ensuring that I have air conditioning in my home until he can order and receive the board. I am so thankful to him for that.
Nero’s Heating and AirNero’s Heating and Air
Mark R.
When our air conditioner went out, we braced ourselves for the worst. This never went well in the past, so I thought I would give Thumbtack a try as it was recommended to me by a friend. I plugged in the request and, within about a minute, we got a response from Nexgen Home Services. The message said they were available for a call "right now" so I took them up on it. Herb was very knowledgeable and showed up at our door, as promised, early the next morning. Not only did he fix the problem in a very timely manner, but we are also going to be using his services for our semi-annual maintenance check-ups. I would recommend Herb and this company most highly. They did a terrific job, explained everything along the way in layman’s terms, and made the whole experience almost painless. We will definitely be using them again and we give them the highest rating.
Metro AC Service TechsMetro AC Service Techs
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