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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Audubon Park air conditioning professionals
Patricia M.
Good communication Great services thanks for coming over to check the air conditioner
Martins Freitas LLCMartins Freitas LLC
Suzanne J.
Came and saved the day to help my elderly father with the broken air conditioner during record heat! Truly appreciate it.
Gemaco Services, IncGemaco Services, Inc
David G.
I highly recommend Lumi contractor as they were very responsive and performed the work that required to fix my air conditioner issue. Also, the charge for the service was very reasonable.
Lumi ContractorLumi Contractor
Serena F.
My air conditioner was serviced by Billy Blackburn. He responded promptly and the job was completed within an hour and a half. Everything was explained clearly. The price was right. I plan to use Reliance in the future.
Reliance AirReliance Air
Tashira G.
I need my air conditioner checked fir my home he responded within 5 minutes came out repaired the problem. I will call him if I have any problems… Thank you 🙌🏽
Royal Heating and airRoyal Heating and air
Thumbtack Customer
Jason is a 5 star professional. After requesting a quote, I received a detailed estimate fairly quickly. Jason came out to do a thorough inspection and provided an itemized estimate. We scheduled the job to be completed within a few days time. When he arrived to complete the job, he was prompt, courteous, and professional throughout the experience. My air conditioner is working wonderfully and I would recommend ASAP Air Solution to any of my neighbors and friends.
Asap Services Solution LLCAsap Services Solution LLC
Dimitri P.
All around Lumi exceeded any and all expectation we had replacing our old broken Air Conditioner unit. Fast service, expert installation and very fair pricing. We could not have asked for a better all around service that we received from the hard working team at LUMI Contractor. Thank you and good luck in the future, you guys are the best.
Lumi ContractorLumi Contractor
Judy C.
The technician arrived promptly at 10:30 examined and made an assessment of the situation and proceeded to correct the problem. My unit was outdated but that didn't stop the tech he located the part 30 minutes away and arrived back to complete the job in a timely manner. He also diagnosed the issue with my other air- conditioner and addressed that as well. A real down to earth individual with all the credentials required to complete both job and he also repaired my electrical problem as well. Thank you and I would definitely recommend you to my family which is the biggest compliment you can give to a anyone doing work for you.
Gemaco Services, IncGemaco Services, Inc
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