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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 Fairland hvac professionals
Kyle C.
Syed was professional and efficient with explaining the hvac maintenance. Will contact again for further help!
Mast ServicesMast Services
Lamar H.
Very Professional, punctual, very helpful throughout the research process in searching for a new HVAC.
Alex C.
Excellent and quick service. Recommend if you are having HVAC issues. Will use again for maintenance!
Dimitre M.
Great guy,,great job!!We was in the trouble Friday,the A/C went off just before the hottest days this year.We hire Chris(A1 Hvac Services),because of excellent reviews,it proved to be right.He came Saturday and finish the job!!!Highly recommend to everyone A1 Hvac Services!Thank you Chris!!
A1 Hvac ServicesA1 Hvac Services
Richard D.
Very quick to respond, quality work, and very fair pricing. Will definitely be using Nero for all my HVAC needs!
Nero’s Heating and AirNero’s Heating and Air
Margarita G.
Maurico is great at his job and incredibly knowledgable about HVAC systems. He has been able to do routine maintenance and was able to replace my system previously. He has done HVAC work and other odd jobs around the house as a handyman. He is incredibly reliable, quick to answer, and professional especially on days when I needed someone to look at my HVAC that same day. I have been using Maurico's services for years. He is reasonably priced and is honest because he does care about his customers. Would recommend him to friends.
MVM Home ServiceMVM Home Service
Dale C.
Zafar did a great job on my HVAC and recommended other items he thought I needed to get done. Will definitely use him again
Mast ServicesMast Services
Christie C.
Soena quickly and professionally repaired my a/c that was reportedly fixed by another HVAC company . five stars all the way!!!! Will use again -highly Recommend !
Service CartService Cart
Rebecca S.
Mauricio is our new go-to HVAC professional. We cannot recommend him enough! He's incredibly, helpful, professional, honest and will go above and beyond.
MVM Home ServiceMVM Home Service
Juan P.
Mauricio is wonderful! He is responsive, helpful, and always willing to make sure out HVAC is running as efficiently as possible. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a trusted, self-employed technician.
MVM Home ServiceMVM Home Service
Jacob F.
Herb was a pleasure to work with and I feel like I learned a lot about how to better make my HVAC unit and make my home more comfortable through the changing seasons. He was honest about what work was required and did not do any unnecessary work that other HVAC technicians could have charged me for. And to top it all off, he was a very nice guy and a pleasure to talk with - I will definitely be calling him for all of my maintenance and service needs!!
James L.
Great service by Mauricio! Came quickly and resolved the issue within 48 hours. Very reliable and he has become my maintenance guy moving forward. Definitely recommend anyone needing hvac work!
MVM Home ServiceMVM Home Service
Mo M.
Great experience with Mauricio. He was quick to respond to my inquiries, punctual, and super professional along the way. He communicated his findings and recommendations. I will gladly hire MVM and Mauricio for future HVAC repair or maintenance
MVM Home ServiceMVM Home Service
Bill S.
I have worked with several HVAC companies in the past several years and MVM Home Services is "by far the best." Mauricio is punctual, actually got to my house "early." His work quality cleaning the coils of my outside A/C and heat pump units was outstanding. I watched the entire process and saw his care and detail while performing this job. Also, I experienced considerable savings by using Mauricio instead of the larger company who has performed my services for the past 5 years. MVM will be our new "go to" company for HVAC services.
MVM Home ServiceMVM Home Service
Sarah L.
Troy arrived 30 minutes early (how often does that happen?! Usually never!) and quickly diagnosed the problem! He was courteous, prompt, professional and the services were also reasonably priced. I have added him to my HVAC emergency speed dial!!
Comfort Heating & Cooling / PlumbingComfort Heating & Cooling / Plumbing
Patrick H.
Extremely competitive prices. Very responsive and prompt. The entire process of requesting a quote to the job being done (a full HVAC replacement) took less than 72 hours. Will call Service Cart first for any future needs. All around great experience.
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Regina N.
I had my HVAC filter grill cover replaced which is pretty simple but it's located in a finicky drop ceiling. Mauricio was on time, quick, and did a great job. It was a super easy exchange with them. Pictures of the old rusted grill and the new clean grill attached.
MVM Home ServiceMVM Home Service
Kelley D.
Mauricio was very responsive from the get go. I talked to many HVAC companies and all of them said they could not fix the problem and only gave me estimates for replacing the entire unit. He was able to fix the problem without replacing the unit and did it within a few days. Highly recommended!
MVM Home ServiceMVM Home Service
Tyrone F.
Kelvin this was outstanding he was courteous,polite, also knowable about his trade. I had other big companies that came & gave me ridiculous estimates he came & fixed my ac within 45 minutes. He is now my HVAC guy I recommend his service to anyone Thanks Kelvin
Kelvin Hvac ServicesKelvin Hvac Services
Lisa M.
Don’t look any further! Call MAST SERVICES immediately! I could not be more impressed. I received an immediate response to my request to have my HVAC system cleaned. Syed arrived as scheduled (same day), and did an unbelievably thorough job. Everything looks brand new! And you will not find a better price! I highly recommend MAST SERVICES!
Mast ServicesMast Services
Alice M.
Herb is the best!! After years of trying to find a great HVAC person I finally have. He is honest, upfront and very thorough. He is also just a nice person and easy to talk with. He gives you a lesson on what’s going on so you understand and asks if you want to proceed without making you feel you have no other choice. Highly recommend!
Thumbtack Customer
I had Sergio fix an HVAC system in a rental property and do a yearly tune-up service in my primary home. Sergio is very honest and explains exactly what he is doing and why. I would have given him 5 stars but he is sometimes difficult to pin down on dates / times. That being said -- cost effective and honest make it worth a few extra calls &/or texts.
My Heating and Cooling GuysMy Heating and Cooling Guys
Thumbtack Customer
I'm very impressed with H and J Heating and Air. Eugene Redding is EXTREMELY knowledgeable about HVAC. He definitely takes the time to explain and show areas that are problematic. Brace yourself.... he does give you the worst possible scenario when there's an issue, but he works really hard to avoid the big cost of replacing your AC unit. Overall, Eugene was polite, knowledgeable, punctual, professional,but most of all provided great quality of work for a reasonable price. I will definitely use his services again!!!
H and J Heating and AirH and J Heating and Air
La R.
Mr. Ahmad responded to our furnace HVAC issue promptly and was at our home within 12 hours. He not only did a great job on repairs, but he walked me through all the steps to make sure I was informed. Having a repairman who walks you through each step provides reassurance, knowing that your money is going to the right person. Moreover, I learned something new. He was in and out in less than 1 hour, and the price was more than fair. If I have any further issues, I know who I will be calling.
Mast ServicesMast Services
Casey C.
Alexander and his team did a great job on maintenance and repairs for our unit. We noticed our AC leaking Friday night and Saturday afternoon, he was in our townhouse, diagnosing the problem. He fixed the problem and also did some routine work to improve the quality and longevity of our machine. When faced with a few options for repair, he walked me through each of them and gave his honest opinion on which was best given the situation. While I don’t hope to have any issues in the near future, I know who to call for any HVAC needs.
DMV Mechanical LLCDMV Mechanical LLC
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