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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Washington hvac professionals
Reema G.
I just got my 15 year old HVAC replaced. I did some shopping around in order to get a higher quality HVAC and am very impressed and highly satisfied with the new HVAC installed by Julian at Nero’s Heating and Air. Julian is trustworthy, honest, dependable and very thorough and knowledgeable about the job. I highly recommend him for HVAC installation.
Nero’s Heating and AirNero’s Heating and Air
Andrew C.
Did a great job installing a new HVAC system, and have had Walter provided HVAC service on additional properties that I own. Will continue to use and would recomend
ABBA  home services llcABBA home services llc
Howard B.
I will contact TMA HVAC the next time service is needed
Michael M.
Couldn’t have asked for more. Thanks for fixing our HVAC
A1 Hvac ServicesA1 Hvac Services
Allyson E.
Sean was wonderful to work with- he explained everything that he needed to do and use to clean my HVAC and gave me pricing up front- no surprises! I will be booking him for all my hVAC needs!
Air wiz heating & cooling LLCAir wiz heating & cooling LLC
Audrey I.
Roberto conducted routine inspection and did general maintenance on my HVAC system after another contractor had to remove it and reinstall it. I hired Integrity as a second opinion. He was professional, communicative, punctual and knowledgeable about the HVAC unit.
Integrity Duct Cleaning  And Hvac Service’s.Integrity Duct Cleaning And Hvac Service’s.
Nergis L.
Quick response, fixed my issue. Will hire again for future HVAC needs!
Terry Home RepairsTerry Home Repairs
Astrid P.
Excellent experience with Hevert service on my HVAC unit! He was professional and provided great service at a good price for the servicing of my 15 year old HVAC at my condo. I would definitely hire him again! Thank you
Hevert Heating And AirHevert Heating And Air
Derrick S.
Called on a Thursday. Has entire HVAC system replaced in Saturday. Fast great service.
Matthew V.
Julian was amazing! My HVAC needed troubleshooting and Julian did an amazing job of solving my
Nero’s Heating and AirNero’s Heating and Air
David G.
A great job of a complete HVAC replacement. Price was very reasonable and work was completed in one day.
Air wiz heating & cooling LLCAir wiz heating & cooling LLC
Kimia s.
I worked with this company two times so far. Once to do maintenance on my own hvac and the other time to install a Utrap on my rental’s hvac system and both times their punctuality and value were excellent. I am very pleased and will work with them again in the future.
Mast ServicesMast Services
Jeffrey D.
Handled a specific hvac duct problem for us. Knowledgeable, professional and reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend.
MRM Services llc.MRM Services llc.
Natasha H.
Did a great job getting us up and running again! Will use again for our HVAC needs!
HV Heating & Air ConditioningHV Heating & Air Conditioning
Gerad T.
We’ve used MVM a couple of times now, once for routine HVAC servicing and once to diagnose an issue with the heat pump. They’re a well run operation and the technicians are capable and reliable. We’ll definitely use MVM for our future HVAC issues/needs, and highly recommend them to others.
MVM Home ServiceMVM Home Service
Shannon T.
Kelvin is an AWESOME HVAC service person! Quick to respond, punctual and professional. I HIGHLY recommend him!
Kelvin Hvac ServicesKelvin Hvac Services
Scott B.
Very high quality workmanship and experience. Everything was explained in detail and with thoughtfulness. This is my new HVAC technician!!
Mast ServicesMast Services
Andrew P.
They made good recommendations about different tradeoffs and were able to very promptly replace a failing HVAC system.
Nero’s Heating and AirNero’s Heating and Air
Madison S.
Walter was extremely professional and went above and beyond. Will absolutely use him moving forward for all HVAC needs!
ABBA  home services llcABBA home services llc
Dean B.
Highly recommended technical HVAC expert. Delivered outstanding quality of work as well thorough communication during the total process. This company immediately help solve and restore my HVAC system back to its original functionality. I am very pleased with the workmanship, exceptional quality and competitive pricing. Property Owner
Nero’s Heating and AirNero’s Heating and Air
Edgar K.
Rodney was awesome and really knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him and will be calling him for all my HVAC needs.
Hvac EcologyHvac Ecology
Thomas W.
Integrity Duct Cleaning has just completed extensive work to my hvac system. I needed an outside ac condenser and corrections made to the inside furnace. These guys didn’t disappoint at all. Roberto was great from start to finish. I would highly recommend the use of these guys for all of your hvac needs.
Integrity Duct Cleaning  And Hvac Service’s.Integrity Duct Cleaning And Hvac Service’s.
Yaw T.
Made an appointment for HVAC servicing but he didn’t bother to show up or communicate why, even after I followed up.
Moes MechanicalServicesMoes MechanicalServices
Brad A.
Mauricio did an excellent job setting me up with HVAC maintenance as well as a schedule for moving forward. I would highly recommend!
MVM Home ServiceMVM Home Service
Erin S.
After Guermi claimed to fix the issue (but didn't), MSR came out to replace the HVAC units, and did so quickly and at reasonable cost.
MSR Air Conditioning and HeatingMSR Air Conditioning and Heating
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