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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.

What are the advantages of hiring an appliance installer?

There are several perks to having a professional install your appliances, including:

  • Hiring a pro saves you time and money. If it breaks down, the service person who sold and installed the machine can fulfill its warranty. However, this warranty could be void if you install it incorrectly.
  • It will work reliably. Many appliances like ranges and laundry machines rely on being on level surfaces as well as having potentially dangerous hookups installed correctly. 
  • You can get repair and maintenance support. If something isn’t working or you want advice, you can call up your installer and ask if they can help you troubleshoot or repair it.

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.

Reviews for Tamarac air conditioning professionals
Jennie R.
Did a great job installing my air conditioner I purchased at Home Depot!!
AMG Builders and CoolingAMG Builders and Cooling
Thumbtack Customer
Great guy. He found and repaired gas leak in my air conditioner. Definitely recommended.
Optimus ACOptimus AC
Luis L.
AIR GEEK PRO was exceptionally quick and very professional. The team installed a brand new Air Conditioner within the same day of the FREE consultation. (very affordable)
Air Geek ProAir Geek Pro
Jennie R.
Roberto fixed my air conditioner on New Years Eve!!!!! He was professional and prompt. Highly recommend
Roberto Fix ACRoberto Fix AC
Danelle B.
Aren did a great job! He came the same day to work on my air conditioner, gave me a break down on what needed to be done and followed up to make sure my air conditioner was working well. I will definitely recommend him to others and use his service again!
Aren HVAC & Water Heaters LLCAren HVAC & Water Heaters LLC
Jennie R.
Showed up in 1 hour to fix my broken air conditioner right after the July 4th holiday
Arturo M.
He was punctual and his follow up skills were outstanding. He saved my A.C. at an unbeatable price for the value. He will be my go to air conditioner repair contact for life.
Aren HVAC & Water Heaters LLCAren HVAC & Water Heaters LLC
Michael V.
Our air conditioner wasn’t cooling as well as it is supposed to so I did a quick search and found Entice. Very glad I went with them. Donald was very professional, down to earth and knowledgeable. He quickly got down to the problem and explained what needed to be done. His price was very fair so we agreed and he got right to work. Fast forward and our air is now coming out cold and we couldn’t be happier. Nothing worse than a malfunctioning air conditioner. His knowledge and skills will save us money on our monthly electric bill so it was definitely money well spent. Highly recommend.
Entice Air SystemsEntice Air Systems
Jennie R.
Kevin was quick to respond, understood the time sensitivity and urgency that was necessary to get my air conditioner up and running during a real estate open house!!! He fixed the issue and my open house was able to continue.
AC Systems Service - Temp system service llcAC Systems Service - Temp system service llc
Thumbtack Customer
I had an issue with my air conditioner, Yalel came and checked my a/c, he said the only problem was the drain line. He made a treatment on it and resolved the problem. I recommend this guy, fast solution and fair prices.
Optimus ACOptimus AC
Nadine w.
Kevin Brin, a honest and professional, kind human being. He went out of his way to thoroughly check why my air conditioner wasn't working correctly. He deserves even more than 5 stars!! Yvonne W
AC Systems Service - Temp system service llcAC Systems Service - Temp system service llc
Terri W.
Marc was great! He came out the same day, diagnosed the problem and got right to work on it. He was conscientious, explained everything that was going on and got my air conditioner up and running! Will definitely recommend Marc to others and use this company again!
Autumn W.
I would definitely recommend! My AC went out and Temp Engineering first came out to diagnose the problem and stayed for about 30 minutes. Although the diagnosis was get a new AC they came the next day and installed the air conditioner! Happy customer! Sarai was also awesome!
Kenson A.
My air conditioner works like new again. Ice cold in every room. I had to replace my evaporator coils because they were leaking freon from corrosion. Got tired of wasting money every 3 months for someone to refill it. I wished I had fixed it sooner.
Prime Air Conditioning LLCPrime Air Conditioning LLC
Bruce W.
I used this company to restore my air conditioner and air duct system after we discovered we had mold throughout the system. They did an amazing job! I noticed a difference before they even left. I am very sensitive to mold and had a very hard time living and sleeping in my home. They pulled the entire ac apart and cleaned every component spotless. They also cleaned and restored all of my ducts by applying mold proof white coating. The air quality had since been tested and is at one of the highest possible levels. Every single person from this company was pleasant and dead set on getting rid of my mold issues. They also provided me with before and after pictures and a video. I highly recommended them for ac and air ducts!
South Florida DuctsSouth Florida Ducts
Sharon W.
Jose arrived at my home and quickly resolved the issue with my ac unit! On the same day, later that night, my air-conditioners fan broke and damaged the motor in the ac unit. Jose came right back the following morning and repaired it quickly and at a great price. I love that he had parts in his truck and I didn’t have to wait. Jose was friendly knowledgeable and I will definitely be calling him again! He’s the best!
Cool Express Service, Inc.Cool Express Service, Inc.
Joseph F.
South Florida Ducts did a great job for me again. My air conditioner went out a few nights ago and my AC guy was not calling me back. I recently had South Florida Ducts come out to do a duct cleaning and duct restoration for me and the guys were so friendly and knowledgeable I decided to give them a shot at the AC service. Sure enough, they came out the same night and took care of me. Pricing was very reasonable too, especially considering it was so late.
South Florida DuctsSouth Florida Ducts
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