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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

How much does it cost to get central air?

Prices for central-air HVAC systems will vary. The national average to hire an HVAC specialist is $2,920-$3,670 but can run as high as $5,000 or even $12,000 depending on the capacity you need and other factors. Installing central air conditioning requires an entire system that works together to draw hot air out of your home. The system includes an outdoor unit, which houses the condenser and compressor, and the evaporator coils. If you don’t have an existing duct system, ductwork will need to be installed, which will affect labor and material costs. Leaking or damaged ducts will also need to be replaced.

What is an HVAC system?

The letters in HVAC stand for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. An HVAC system enables you to regulate your home or building’s internal temperature (thermal control) for comfortable living and working. You can bring heat levels down in the summer and up in the winter, keeping your home or office livable year-round. HVAC systems can also help with humidity levels and regulate indoor air quality in a home or office. There are many types of HVAC systems and technologies available.

Many homes have a forced-air HVAC system. Both the heating and the central air conditioning units share a ductwork system where they either push in or pull out warm or cooled air. There are also heating and cooling systems that don’t require ductwork — such as ductless mini-splits — but work on the same principles of heat exchange. The national average to hire an HVAC specialist is $2,920-$3,670, with costs varying depending on the work you need done and the equipment you are installing.

How much does it cost for a new air conditioning unit?

If you’re purchasing from a big-box store, you can expect to pay approximately $120-$1,000 for a window unit. Window units are appealing for their quick setup and relatively low cost, but they can use more energy over time than central air and only cool the room in which they’re installed. The price will vary depending on the type of air conditioner you buy and its cooling capacity. Window units, which require minimal installation, are one of the most affordable options on the market. Portable air conditioners don’t have the cooling power of a window unit, but they do have the perk of being transportable from room to room. Expect to pay between $225 and $800 for a portable air conditioner, on average. The cost of an air conditioning system with coils, condenser and line (not including installation or ductwork) can range from approximately $2,000 to $4,000 or more. If you don’t have (and don’t want to put in) ducts, a ductless mini-split air conditioner is a good option, although pricey up front. Pricing can range from $650 to $4,250 per unit on average; you’ll need one unit for each room in which you want temperature control.





How much will it cost me to replace my air conditioner?

If your AC system is in need of replacement, the national average air conditioner installation costs range from $2,930 to $3,670. Costs can vary greatly depending on whether you are replacing a wall or window unit or a central air system. A central air system is connected to ductwork that runs throughout your house and pumps cooled air into your various rooms via vents and registers. A central air conditioning system is far more costly than wall or window units. Selecting a central AC system that has a high seasonal energy-efficiency ratio (SEER) will likely lower both your carbon footprint and your utility bill. The type of AC system you select, where you live in the country, and the regional costs of HVAC work, duct removal and replacement, and ductwork repairs that are needed are some of the main factors that affect the cost of new air conditioner installation. Here are some examples of average costs for installing forced-air systems.

  • Install Lennox 16 SEER single-stage AC unit: $5,743
    • Removing and disposing of the old furnace, moving and reconnecting the water heater, and installing a 3.5-ton gas furnace. The job took 18 hours of labor.
  • Installation of a new 14 SEER single-range cooling system: $4,000-$6,000
  • Installation of a new 16 SEER two-range cooling system: $6,000-$8,000
  • Installation of a new 20 SEER variable capacity cooling system: $8,000-$12,000

How many years does HVAC last?

The number of years an HVAC system lasts depend on the type and brand of components that make up your system. The lifespan of an air conditioner averages between 15 and 20 years. The life expectancy of a tankless water heater is approximately 20 years, while a storage water heater is closer to 10-15 years. Ducts may need replacing within 10-15 years. Your equipment will have a longer life if you have regular tuneups and maintenance to keep everything in good working order. If you’re having repair problems and your HVAC system is over 10 years old, it’s a good time to consider the costs and benefits of repairing vs. replacing. Energystar.gov provides the following tips to help you decide whether to repair or replace:

  • Your HVAC system needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are increasing.
  • Your cooling or heating equipment is less efficient.
  • Rooms in your home are too hot or too cold.
  • Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
    • Replacing your system with an Energy Star-certified unit could save up to 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills.
  • Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old.
    • You may choose to replace your system with an Energy Star-certified furnace (which is 15 percent more efficient than a conventional furnace) or an Energy Star-certified boiler (which is 5 percent more efficient).
  • Your home has humidity problems.
  • Your home has excessive dust.
    • Leaky ducts can pull particles and air from attics, crawl spaces and basements and distribute them throughout your house. Sealing your ducts may be a solution.
  • Your heating or cooling system is noisy.
    • You could have an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.
  • Your score on the Home Energy Yardstick is below five.
    • That means your home energy use is above average and you're probably paying too much for your utilities.
Reviews for Southbank hvac professionals
Thumbtack Customer
OUTSTANDING!!! Rashaad was professional, honest and on time. I will be using him again for all HVAC needs.
Quality HVAC CareQuality HVAC Care
Kevin W.
Showed up on time and did a great job serving my hvac and cleaning out my dryer vents.
Southern American Heating and Cooling, LLCSouthern American Heating and Cooling, LLC
Sankar S.
I contacted Gaddy on a Saturday afternoon for an HVAC repair that needed to be done ASAP. They responded within 20min and completed the work in a very timely manner. I also feel they provided great value without upcharging me on any unnecessary services. I will certainly reach out to them again for future HVAC needs.
Gaddy Heating and Air ConditioningGaddy Heating and Air Conditioning
Brad M.
Jose and Matt did a phenomenal job installing a new unit for us. I definitely recommend getting a quote from him, no licensed HVAC worker know the area will beat his estimate. He quoted me one day and was back two days later to get the job done. I will definitely be using him for any of my HVAC needs
AirWise Heating & AirAirWise Heating & Air
Pheon A.
The Gaddy Heating technician quickly assessed the problem with my HVAC system, assured me that it was nothing major and provided the necessary repair work in an efficient manner. Situations like HVAC leaks and malfunctions can be quite stressful. This company de-escalated the problem and my stress level inside of 5 minutes. The work was completed well within an hour, in time for me to get to the gym. Thank you
Gaddy Heating and Air ConditioningGaddy Heating and Air Conditioning
Thumbtack Customer
Rashaad Jones of Quality HVAC Care responded immediately to my inquiry on Thumbtack to repair my air conditioning system, even though it was late on a Sunday. Mr. Jones carefully diagnosed the problem, determined the course of repair and the parts required. Mr. Jones made the correct diagnosis and did not try to up-sell my wife and I to a brand new system as had been attempted by another air conditioning company I called prior to using Thumbtack to hire Quality HVAC Care. Mr. Jones is an honest businessman that provides excellent service and repair for exactly what is required. Mr. Jones returned promptly the next morning (Monday) with the part and went above and beyond in executing the repair. I have abandoned the previous air conditioning company, and have now hired Mr. Jones and Quality HVAC Care to perform routine servicing our air conditioning systems require (our home is serviced by two a/c units). Outstanding work accomplished in a competent , timely, and honest manner. I highly recommend Mr. Jones and Quality HVAC Care.
Quality HVAC CareQuality HVAC Care
Tiara B.
I am a realtor and was having a hard time finding last minute HVAC repair for one of my listings. He came out quickly and made repairs same day. Very pleased and will be using him again
Gaddy Heating and Air ConditioningGaddy Heating and Air Conditioning
Horace M.
Nick and his 2- man crew are awesome. They are courteous, effective, clean and get the Job done. In addition, the quality of work and the related value are guaranteed above other contractors in the HVAC marketplace. Velocity Flow Heating & Cooking are MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Daniel L.
Mr. Jones was very professional with me as a property manager with multiple issues - and as someone who expects value received for value given, Mr. Jones with Quality HVAC Care met my expectations - I recommend him - he's fair and customer focused.
Quality HVAC CareQuality HVAC Care
Eva L.
Jerry was awesome and I also would have chosen work quality and responsiveness. I was not disappointed with Jerry at all. I felt that he was quick in getting the job done and he did not overcharge me. I already knew the capacitor was going to need replacing but I said nothing about it because I wanted to see if he would find the issue himself. He did and advised me of the problem and the price of the part. I had already priced the part and he was spot on. I so appreciated his honesty as I have been burned by other HVAC Techs before. Jerry is my new HVAC man. Thank you so very much Jerry!!
Gaddy Heating and Air ConditioningGaddy Heating and Air Conditioning
Thumbtack Customer
At the first notice of me having an issue with my system I reached out to this company. The gentleman who answered the phone was very kind extremely professional and was willing to respond to my needs immediately. They arrived within a reasonable amount of time, found the problem, and told me what the problem was. The service was excellent in the prices are reasonable. Will not go anywhere else for my HVAC needs.
Larry N.
I had 3 different HVAC companies come out to my house and they all wanted to replace my entire system that would have cost $5-6,000. Jose was the 4th one to come and he figured out the issue and replaced what needed to be done. I can not say anything but amazing things about Jose and would recommend them to anyone I know. Jose thank you so much !!!!
AirWise Heating & AirAirWise Heating & Air
Allison B.
Kevin did amazing work installing our new AC unit and handler. He ran new lines through the attic so we did not have to disturb our concrete patio, saving us a lot of time and money. He is very knowledgeable and made sure that we were up to code. He even recommended a great UV light to help with my allergies. I already noticed a major difference in the last 24 hours since installation. I highly recommend him for all your HVAC needs!
Southern American Heating and Cooling, LLCSouthern American Heating and Cooling, LLC
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