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Does an AC contractor need to be certified?

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Yes, AC contractors are required to go through school or an apprenticeship in order to be able to work as HVAC technicians. After they receive their education, the graduates must complete an exam to receive a certification if they intend to work with refrigerators or air conditioners. Did you know that The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires this certification as appliances that use refrigerants can harm the ecosystem if they're not properly installed or maintained. While the EPA mandates this area of HVAC work, requiring a technician to get a license is up to the state to decide. Not all states demand contractors to obtain one....Read More

What should I know before hiring an AC contractor?

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There are a few questions you should ask yourself and the contractor before hiring an HVAC professional:
  • Do you require repairs or complete replacement of your system?
  • Do you need a residential or commercial contractor?
  • Ask the HVAC contractor (or the company) is bonded and insured.
  • Ask whether they can provide a written estimate, so you are not caught off-guard by the final invoice.
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How do I know if I need to repair my AC unit or replace it?

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One service an HVAC contractor can provide is a diagnostic test of your heating and central air unit. A reputable technician will examine your unit and ask you questions about various aspects of the system. He or she will check your furnace as well as duct-work and discuss options with you. Beware of a contractor that takes a quick look through your home or place of business and immediately tells you replacing your HVAC system is necessary. If your system makes a lot of noise when it powers on or if it turns off suddenly, it's time to replace it with a new, more energy-efficient model....Read More

How long should my AC unit last?

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The average air conditioning unit to last between eight and 12 years. If it's more than 12 years old, it could be expensive to repair if the system breaks down often. Parts for older air conditioners are harder to find since some manufacturers discontinue them....Read More

Is it cheaper to repair my AC unit or replace it?

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Restoring or replacing an aging unit can get expensive. Invest in a new model if your utility bills are rising and you notice uneven air flow and temperatures throughout your property. If one room is cooler than another, consider a total replacement. If the air conditioner is relatively new and still within its age range, it's more cost-effective to get a contractor to repair it....Read More