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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Hawthorne hvac professionals
Max N.
Fixed HVAC
Cherith H.
Satisfied with the HVAC service.
Super Jet Heating & CoolingSuper Jet Heating & Cooling
Brian T.
A wonderful experience. I think I found my new HVAC company
Arctic Fox Heating and CoolingArctic Fox Heating and Cooling
Ron K.
Thermatech went above what was expected for our apartment units HVAC system. They made our emergency their emergency and was honest and transparent. They were the only ones willing to come out same evening to make sure our tenants went to sleep in comfort. I’ll definitely be using them for all HVAC needs and am eager to spread the word to everyone I know that; “I got an HVAC guy if you need one”
Thermatech HvacThermatech Hvac
Zainab A.
Did my mini split and HVAC Maintainance - was great, fast, and knowledgeable. Will work with him again.
Super Jet Heating & CoolingSuper Jet Heating & Cooling
Lavisia T.
Preston was very professional and informative. He took the time to explain to me about how often my HVAC should be inspected and why. Also, he informed me of their service contract and its benefits. I will use Churchill Mechanical for all of my HVAC needs.
Churchill Mechanical LLCChurchill Mechanical LLC
Brianna W.
Can’t say enough about this company. They bailed me out of a very unique HVAC problem.
Solution Based Plumbing and Heating, Inc.Solution Based Plumbing and Heating, Inc.
Ron K.
Stellar cooling came out, was a simple solution and refused to let us pay. Didn’t take advantage of our ignorance and even took the time out to explain everything thoroughly to us. Will definitely use for all future HVAC and pass along to anyone in need of HVAC Install and maintenance
Stellar Cooling & HeatingStellar Cooling & Heating
Tommy S.
Rey and his team were incredibly professional and helpful with my AC concerns. I have little to no experience in dealing with my homes HVAC system, and Rey patiently answered all my questions in terms I understood. 5-Star treatment, and will certainly be using these guys for any future HVAC maintenance or needs.
ep210 Heating & Coolingep210 Heating & Cooling
Andy C.
Mo not only fix our leaks but also cleaned up our hvac system throughoutly. We will use him in future for sure.
Super Jet Heating & CoolingSuper Jet Heating & Cooling
Evan A.
Rey was very thorough and efficient in his work, friendly, and knowledgeable. We plan to hire him for every HVAC job moving forward.
ep210 Heating & Coolingep210 Heating & Cooling
Stasia F.
Very knowledgeable and prompt with service. Answered all of my questions and discussed potential improvements for the hvac that was installed in my home. I appreciated the professionalism and service I received.
Stellar Cooling & HeatingStellar Cooling & Heating
William J.
Friendly. Fixed the problem promptly. They pointed out some other problems with my HVAC, but without any pressure to do the maintenance on anything but my schedule. Will use again.
ep210 Heating & Coolingep210 Heating & Cooling
Nanci D.
Mohad was exactly what I hoped for. He was first and foremost professional, kind and knowledgeable. He got my HVAC working again by replacing the capacitor and cleaning the condenser.
CUSTOM HOME IMPROVEMENT, acting without prejudice.CUSTOM HOME IMPROVEMENT, acting without prejudice.
Milan T.
Great assessment and Quentin was able to give advice, explain how hvac worked, and make a recommendation even to not do certain work. Really appreciate his responsiveness and help.
Stellar Cooling & HeatingStellar Cooling & Heating
Sharonne G.
Edi made a stressful situation less so. He was very responsive, got us a great rate on a new AC unit and installed it quickly and efficiently. My first call will be to Edi for any future HVAC needs.
Univers AirUnivers Air
Marc R.
They Fellas at Arctic Fox were amazing. Fast, prompt, and professional service. We had our HVAC unit replaced and they made the experience super simple and cost effective. 5 stars isn’t enough for the service we received.
Arctic Fox Heating and CoolingArctic Fox Heating and Cooling
Beverly N.
Fast response, knowledgeable. Good HVAC check up and recommendations about my cooling maintenance. I would like to see him use shoe 'booties' next time, meaning I will call upon him again. Very nice guy.
The Heating-Cooling Dr. and Home ServicesThe Heating-Cooling Dr. and Home Services
Nhi N.
Benny and Ben were great to work with. They made time to come in and take care of our HVAC issues and saved us from excruciating hot days ahead! Benny walked me through everything that he was checking and explained the job thoroughly. Highly recommended!
Subzero Cooling & HeatingSubzero Cooling & Heating
Orville V.
Moe installed an AC unit for my project which turned out amazing. He was professional on time and definitely know what he's doing. I highly recommend Moe for any HVAC issues. I will continue to use him for my future projects.
Super Jet Heating & CoolingSuper Jet Heating & Cooling
Lubna d.
Ben and his team did a fantastic job installing our new HVAC system. They were very professional and hard working. They also rescued us during an emergency situation on a short notice. Will definitely give them beyond 5 stars! Highly recommended.
Thermatech HvacThermatech Hvac
Brian A.
I had a new Carrier HVAC unit installed and the work they did was outstanding. The quality of the work was great and they were very clean (when they left it looked like they were never even here!) Their prices are very reasonable as well. I'd highly recommend them.
David T.
I needed someone to addd copper line and add refrigerant and test that everything works. Moe was professional, courteous, explained what needed to get done and was patient in getting all issues solved. Will definitely use him for any hvac situations going forward
Super Jet Heating & CoolingSuper Jet Heating & Cooling
Matt B.
I needed my HVAC system fixed ASAP. I contacted Tony and he made an appointment with me for the same day. He arrived on time (a little early actually) and was able to remedy the problem in under 2 hours time. He was very friendly, informative, and professional, too.
The Heating-Cooling Dr. and Home ServicesThe Heating-Cooling Dr. and Home Services
Dana B.
Shawn was fantastic to work with. Very responsive, professional, and great with communication. He kept me in the loop for the entirety of the repair. Very knowledgable about exactly what our HVAC unit needed to be repaired and it has been running smoothly since he was here! Will definitely be using him again!
Rare Heating and Air LLCRare Heating and Air LLC
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