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5. Rigel Services
from 18 reviews
4.8 (18)
  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Fort Worth, TX
"Longer version: On a brief return home between trips, I arrived to find my home interior temp matched the 98°F outside air temperature. At nearly 11PM, after some preliminary trouble shooting, it was too late to get a hotel before my early start in the morning. When I awoke, I remembered the Thumbtack app, and typed in my dilemma as a new project. The App yielded several local contractors. Within a few minutes, Alfredo Parra, the Rigel Services owner, contacted me to ask how he could help. I explained the situation as well as my time restriction — I only had a day to deal with this before my next trip. He said he could be there at 10AM. I later learned he was located in Plano, and I was in the mid-cities. I sent him photos of my old HVAC unit, and he texted me his recommendation for a similar-sized Trane unit. While waiting, I used my Google-fu to determine the recommended unit was suitable, highly regarded, and I was able to get a good sense both of what the unit and the remove/replace cost I should expect. He arrived on time, and took a look at the system — which was 21 years old and had finally failed. He gave me a quote that was fair and complete, with no hidden additional costs, and said he could have a crew at my place in the afternoon. We made the deal, shook hands, and I gave him a deposit for materials. While several other contractors also responded in a timely fashion through the Thumbtack App, Rigel Services was both first to respond and the only contractor available to meet my timeline. Throughout the day, he updated me via txt on when he delivered the materials, and when his crew would arrive. Expected turnaround time was five hours, and his team finished an hour early. They were polite, professional, and made the extra effort to ensure they didn’t track in dirt or cause any damage. When they left, the system was quietly and effectively cooling my residence, and it even worked with my aftermarket thermostat. During the installation, Alfredo kept me updated on his team’s progress, as he maintained in close communications with them. I was fully and professionally informed of the progress, and they did a wonderful job. To use the cliche, Rigel Services is two thumbs up!👍 👍 I strongly recommend them for your HVAC system needs. Once again, the Thumbtack App helped me quickly find a local contractor and successfully resolve a dilemma."

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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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. 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.
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