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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 Kips Bay air conditioning professionals
Craig H.
Extremely nice guy and installed are huge new air conditioner super quickly. Definitely recommended!
M And M Geo Investors LPM And M Geo Investors LP
Eberechi U.
He did a great job installing my air conditioner! He was very professional and punctual. Would recommend.
Handyman Services "HOOH" LLCHandyman Services "HOOH" LLC
Risto P.
Great guy to hire for tasking. You'd like to have him around. Got my air conditioner fully installed.
Montgomery Solutions LLC Handyman ServicesMontgomery Solutions LLC Handyman Services
Mina B.
Hired M&M to install 3 air conditioners. When Mike got here, we discovered that the windows designated for the A/Cs were mismatched. Mike measured each window and air conditioner to determine proper size and hauled each A/C to its designated area. He went above and beyond and would definitely hire again.
M And M Geo Investors LPM And M Geo Investors LP
Sabrina L.
Matt and Lydia are excellent professionals. They installed three window air conditioners; and are about to remove and install a new one. Highly recommended.
M.D.S Home Repair & More N.Y.C.M.D.S Home Repair & More N.Y.C.
Isabel C.
Amazing service. Super fast, convenient and well done. Mihkel installed 3 of my air conditioners in under an hour. Super grateful and will book again!
M And M Geo Investors LPM And M Geo Investors LP
Alan S.
Clarke was on time and very professional. He worked quickly and did a very good job. I would recommend him to anyone that needed air conditioner installation.
NYC Pigeon Air ConditionerNYC Pigeon Air Conditioner
Marina B.
Matt and his wife installed the midea u shaped air conditioner. They are very skilled. I hired them after another professional wasn't able to safely install it. This was a challenging job because my windows are not typical, but they troubleshooted and were able to install it. They are super professional, bring all their tools, and work very well. Highly recommended! After putting in the air conditioner, they cut a piece of plexiglass to cover the remaining space.
M.D.S Home Repair & More N.Y.C.M.D.S Home Repair & More N.Y.C.
Rushil S.
Wonderful, prompt service installing two air conditioners in my apartment. I couldn’t recommend them more for immediate help on projects around the house, great experience
M.D.S Home Repair & More N.Y.C.M.D.S Home Repair & More N.Y.C.
Noela M.
I had such an amazing experience with my air conditioner install that I reached out again when I needed some furniture to be assembled. Professional service and excellent work.
Montgomery Solutions LLC Handyman ServicesMontgomery Solutions LLC Handyman Services
Vadim V.
Paul was amazing. He was early, quick, professional and even taught me a thing or two about how to install air conditioners for the future. 100% recommend Paul for all of your needs.
Home Tech ImprovementsHome Tech Improvements
Thumbtack Customer
Central air conditioner on the roof was not working. They showed up the same day as promised. Fixed the problem and the price was reasonable, particularly when considering how HVAC contractors can be huge rip-offs
Moimoi & Odeen LLCMoimoi & Odeen LLC
Sarah G.
Paul was amazing! He installed two window air conditioner units for me, and was super efficient and professional. The work looks great, and he was lovely to chat with. Highly recommend him and will definitely be contacting him for future jobs!
Home Tech ImprovementsHome Tech Improvements
Elena T.
One morning as the oppressive summer heat began setting in, the dated wall air conditioner (PTAC) in my living room abruptly went from churning out semi-cool air to what felt like stagnant, recycled, room-temperature air. I contacted Power Saving Star and immediately felt that I was speaking with highly-skilled, knowledgeable professionals. In my initial conversation, Slava the owner gave a well-informed and thoughtful explanation of the possible situation at hand. I scheduled an appointment for him to inspect the air conditioner and give his assessment. He described the unique features and challenges of my particular air conditioner which was the original unit from when my building was constructed. He noted how my building had failed to properly maintain both my living room and bedroom air conditioners in the almost 20 years I’ve lived here. Slava then outlined the pricing for parts and labor as well as the pros and cons of repairing the existing unit vs replacing it altogether. After careful consideration, I elected to replace the living room unit and do a non-toxic, chemical wash on the bedroom unit for optimal efficiency. I scheduled the appointment to have the job done within a few days. The necessary paperwork was promptly submitted and approved by my building. Words cannot describe the meticulous attention to detail Slava and his counterpart demonstrated every step of the way on this job. Particularly in the case of executing the non-toxic chemical wash of the bedroom unit, the guys went way above and beyond to get the job done right with little to no necessary clean-up when all was said and done. From the time of my first call with Slava to when I switched on the air conditioners at the completion of the job, Power Saving Star provided world-class service all the way.
Power Saving Star IncPower Saving Star Inc
Janvier W.
Paul installed my air conditioner unit today. He was extremely professional, and thoughtful around installing my ac unit. He advised me on the proper care for cleaning the filter. I will 100% use again for any installation needs.
Home Tech ImprovementsHome Tech Improvements
Chris R.
Paul was very responsive to my request. Let me know how much it would cost to install the air conditioner, when he would be here and he had it installed in half an hour! 5000 btu windo ac. Thanks again Paul!
Home Tech ImprovementsHome Tech Improvements
Annie A.
I was very pleased with Paul. He was prompt, friendly and very professional. He removed the old air conditioner and installed the new one. I would definitely use him again and I will would definitely refer him.. Thanks again Paul!!!
Home Tech ImprovementsHome Tech Improvements
Michael F.
From the very start he came in looked at the two air conditioners studied them did a fantastic job of removing and replacing with two new units plus plexiglass on the sides checked out the new machines made sure everything was working properly very very very well
Montgomery Solutions LLC Handyman ServicesMontgomery Solutions LLC Handyman Services
Lina F.
We had a great experience with our in window air conditioner installation. Home Tech Improvement responded quickly to my initial message and kept me up to date on the day of the installation as to when he would arrive. The installation was done in only 20 minutes and it looks great. Amazing service.
Home Tech ImprovementsHome Tech Improvements
William P.
He installed two small air conditioner window units. Got back to me within hours with a response to job showed up on time actually a few minutes early and did job quickly efficiently and with great care. Will definitely use him again. He even cleaned the filters in addition to installing the units. Outstanding
Home Tech ImprovementsHome Tech Improvements
Teo c.
5/5! Thank you so much! The man helped install the AC, which was complex because he had to take out the window without breaking it. He completed the task in an amazing way. My daughters room always got so hot during summertime, but now she finally has an air conditioner. Thanks again for your help, super professional and friendly!
M And M Geo Investors LPM And M Geo Investors LP
Bruce C.
Tim responded immediately to my request to replace a tenant air conditioner that died on a very hot and humid day. I contacted Tim at 8pm and Tim purchased and installed the new AC by noon the next day. The old AC was taken away and the space was left very clean. Tim did a amazing job and I would give him a high recommendation. Thanks Tim.
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Melissa S.
I used Carpentry Finest to mount a tv on my wall and to install a window air conditioning unit. I was extremely impressed with how prompt he was to reply to my initial request, as well as how quickly my appointment was scheduled for. He was highly communicative and arrived on time. Throughout the installation of both my tv and air conditioner he checked in with me to ensure that I was happy with the quality and progress, and he was extremely thorough in ensuring that everything was installed correctly and with high quality standards. I will definitely be working with him again and am grateful for the attention to detail in completing my projects!
Carpentry FinestCarpentry Finest
Moses R.
I reached out to Mike yesterday for a quote on installation of two small window air conditioners with mounting brackets. He responded right away and was able to squeeze me in this am right in time for this heatwave! He arrived on time prepared with his shoe covers and mask and got right to work. He did a great job in a timely fashion and was very professional. Five stars all around. Thanks Mike!
M And M Geo Investors LPM And M Geo Investors LP
Samantha R.
I hired them to install a window air conditioner. They responded to my quote inquiry within minutes and out of all the responses I received they were the most knowledgeable and helpful in answering my questions. Their prices were fair and in line with the others in the area. They also were able to come out the very next day. They showed up early, worked super fast and pet my dog :) Great work!
M.D.S Home Repair & More N.Y.C.M.D.S Home Repair & More N.Y.C.
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