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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.

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’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.

Reviews for Fells Point hvac professionals
Mel M.
I'm very happy with the service I received from KOMFI HVAC . The price was very fair, the service and professionalism exceeded my expectations. I will use KOMFI HVAC in the future if needed.
City Pride P.
I will definitely hire HVAC Ecology again! Rodney from HVAC Ecology was very prompt, extremely knowledgeable and professional. My home is nice and cool again…he did a great job!
Hvac EcologyHvac Ecology
Nick R.
James was awesome. I knew nothing about HVAC systems and he was extremely thorough with his investigative work to determine the issue as well as explain it to me to ensure I was comfortable with his proposed fix. Will be my go to HVAC guy.
James Ozie's Heating and ACJames Ozie's Heating and AC
Nicholas N.
Excellent work and extremely professional! Will definitely use again for all my HVAC needs!
Ebenezer B.
Good communication on availability. Diagnosed issue quickly. Will call again for any HVAC issues.
Simon’s Air ManagementSimon’s Air Management
Nicholas N.
Excellent work and extremely professional! Will definitely use again for all my HVAC needs!
Excellent Heating And CoolingExcellent Heating And Cooling
Shabnam S.
He was really smart and expert to install the Google Nest as the problem was in power in HVAC. He figured it out quickly and fixed it. He also gave me a discount. I am very happy with his work and will contact him if I face issues with HVAC or thermostat.
M. T. Key Turnover Service, LLCM. T. Key Turnover Service, LLC
Chibu A.
I STRONGLY recommend this company! I had an emergency situation where water was leaking into an electrical panel and it turned out to be the HVAC system. M. Wright and Son came within ONE hour after I called and resolved the issue promptly. They also determined that the HVAC was not up to code. I had two other HVAC companies that came before him and did not detect this. I appreciate their work, as well as for their promptness and will definitely use them in the future.
M. Wright & SonM. Wright & Son
Cassia L.
Service was great and I appreciate the expertise that was bought to trouble shooting my HVAC issues. Mike was friendly, professional and efficient at his work on the system. I feel like I have found an excellent company that I will continue to use for all my HVAC needs.
M. T. Key Turnover Service, LLCM. T. Key Turnover Service, LLC
Gus F.
An HVAC Life Saver! Or HVAC Super Heroe! We needed to get an annual HVAC seasonal check up and tune up and only at this property for 48 hours and after scheduling an early morning appointment that never showed up or cared to let us know so we could find someone else - had to call Ian and check for any cancellations he may have had today so he could fit us in. He did not have any cancellations, but he made a point of fitting us in between appointments He was thorough, professional and a provider we will be back to for all our HVAC needs here.
I.K.G. Solutions LLCI.K.G. Solutions LLC
Morgan B.
I appreciated the time he took to explain what he was doing when checking my HVAC unit.
Hvac EcologyHvac Ecology
Nicole I.
Tristan was a pleasure to work with! He was knowledgeable, polite, and very professional. I will look to him for any future HVAC issues or projects.
Thumbtack Customer
Lenny was Excellent! He was prompt, knowledgeable and efficient... If I ever have a hvac issue I won't hesitate to call Elite Air Solutions
Elite Air Solutions, LLCElite Air Solutions, LLC
Becky O.
Steve response time was AWESOME! Within 3 hours he attended to my rental property HVAC concerns. I am pleased that he: 1. Diagnosed the concern w/a clear SME understanding of how my HVAC system works 2. Brought to my attention a secondary concern to keep an eye on 3. Offers a 30 day work warranty 4. Confirmed/Agreed to a final cost prior to starting the repair services 5. Final pricing was reasonable compared to other same-day HVAC repair providers I am strongly considering using his services for my other rentals in the MD area.
Audrey’s Heating and air servicesAudrey’s Heating and air services
Kendra S.
Top notch! Very responsive and professional. The installation was very fast and my home was left extremely clean. Will definitely use Komfi and his team in the future for my next HVAC project.
Charles k.
Over the years, I’ve hired more HVAC companies than I care to count. They all either overcharged me or never fixed the roof cause of the issue. In fact, the company that installed my new HVAC unit (inside and out) never got it right, and I’ve had issues ever since. Today, I FINALLY found an HVAC person whom I can trust and count on for years to come. Mike was professional, friendly, punctual, responsive, and perhaps most importantly, honest. I contacted him last night and he called me personally late last night and came by early this morning. He accurately diagnosed the issue, took care of it, and made recommendations on how I should proceed. I’m so happy to have found a permanent HVAC person / company that I can finally trust! Mike, thanks so much for everything and I look forward to working with you in the decades to come! I have absolutely no hesitation recommending him and his company to anyone.
M. T. Key Turnover Service, LLCM. T. Key Turnover Service, LLC
Thomas W.
Mr. Mike had some come to my home within 1 hour on a Sunday day. I felt like i had the VIP treatment. My hvac maintenance was conducted thoroughly. 5stars!
M. T. Key Turnover Service, LLCM. T. Key Turnover Service, LLC
Howard S.
Jason arrived on time. Dressed professionally. Carefully diagnosed the HVAC issue at our house. Provided options for me. Completed the work professionally and with a friendly manner. I would hire Pure Air again with no reservations.
Pure Air HVAC, LLCPure Air HVAC, LLC
Eden N C.
Great company. I was in a middle of a renavation when my normal HVAC technician became sick. M.T came through pick up where he left off and finished with out problems. Would recommend.
M. T. Key Turnover Service, LLCM. T. Key Turnover Service, LLC
He was very nice, but I am glad that I got a second quote because he quoted me $500 more than the HVAC company I went with. It felt like price gauging and I was disappointed.
Jason did a great job repairing my cooling system, including refilling refrigeration and cleaning the condensation drain tube and inspecting the electrical control system. I would highly recommend him for any hvac need.
Pure Air HVAC, LLCPure Air HVAC, LLC
Amanda P.
I was given a hard sell from a larger company that convinced me to replace my HVAC system. I contacted Breezy for a second opinion and Michael responded promptly, even squeezing a site visit into his schedule that morning. He was able to determine that there was nothing wrong with my unit, saving me $8.5k. He showed me the numbers on his diagnostic equipment and explained to me what they should be and why there were no issues. I appreciated the transparency, integrity, and professionalism, and will keep this company for my future HVAC repair needs.
Breezy Heating Ventilation and Air ConditioningBreezy Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
David S.
Mark did a great job diagnosing and fixing the problem with my hvac. This is actually the second time I’ve hired him (2 completely separate issues). I found him to be knowledgeable and most importantly, trustworthy. Would hire again.
M. Wright & SonM. Wright & Son
Anthony R.
I contacted James at Old Line Heating and Air late on a Friday night through the Thumbtack app for help with an AC unit that was intermittently coming on and off. Before coming out to visit, he asked me to take pics of my HVAC unit, then called me (on a Saturday, when he was at his kid's birthday part), then helped me troubleshoot the problem on my own (it had an easy fix), then refused to charge me. I immediately asked for his number for future reference; I'm certain I'll be calling him again. Really appreciated the professionalism and responsiveness. They're giving a great name to HVAC professionals.
Old Line Heating and AirOld Line Heating and Air
Aya K.
Mike is amazing! He quickly identified the issue with my HVAC - outside parts were damaged due to incorrect installation by someone else. He gave me a quick quote, provided quick installation and fair value as well. I will work with him again!
M. T. Key Turnover Service, LLCM. T. Key Turnover Service, LLC
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