Having your air conditioner repaired or replaced can create stressful moments, as air conditioning problems can appear quite suddenly. One of the main concerns that homeowners would have in this situation is finding someone to perform the repairs properly at a decent price. Choosing the right AC contractor can make a big difference. There are various questions that homeowners need to ask themselves before they select one, such as:
Are they insured and do they have the necessary licenses?
Is it possible to find independent reviews about them left by actual customers?
Do they guarantee their repairs?
Do they have an actual office location?
Are they available during the evenings and weekends in case a problem appears outside of business hours?
A quality AC contractor is able to install, repair and maintain a wide variety of systems, such as ductless mini splits, package units, water source heat pumps, split systems and VRV mini split multi systems. They should also have the ability to perform various types of work on a home’s HVAC system, such as preventative maintenance that helps the system remain energy efficient, repairing or replacing duct work, cleaning and sanitizing ducts and installing new thermostats.
Repairs or replacement? What is the best choice?
This will depend on a variety of factors. Homeowners need to consider how old their current system is and what condition it currently is in, plus the nature of the repairs to be performed. Other factors to keep in consideration is how long one is planning to stay in their current home, how energy efficient the current system is and what their budget is. An honest AC contractor will be happy to help the homeowner decide whether it would be better to have an existing system repaired or to simply replace it with a new one.
Is the ductwork an important concern?
A central AC system distributes air through a system of ducts in the home. Ducts that are leaky will decrease the system’s overall efficiency, causing wasted electricity. When a central air conditioning system is being replaced, it is recommended that the ducts be inspected to determine if cleaning or repairs are needed.