Air Conditioning Service Laguna Vista

Posted in HVAC Contractor Rio Grande Valley on November 14, 2017
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You're a homeowner and determined your home's air conditioning needs fixing or needs to be replaced with a newer, more efficient system. You're all set to get moving. What's the optimal way to get a high quality HVAC contractor who will do a good job for a fair price? What could you look for in an air conditioning contractor to obtain this work? Laguna Vista 

AC Unit Repair Services

When homeowners choose to repair an air conditioning system or replace the unit with a newer one, they're often plagued by worries that their family will swelter while the job is completed.  These concerns are perfectly normal and common among many homeowners looking for HVAC fixes or air conditioner repair specialists.

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Central Air Unit Repair When your home heating and cooling system needs repair, you might be tempted to jump to the web or the yellow pages and just start dialing Heating and Air Conditioning Repair Contractors, picking the first one that says they can be there TODAY! Unfortunately, this method of choosing a contractor while you are under pressure because your air conditioner or furnace needs repair can be a recipe for disaster for you the homeowner.When you are picking out a heating and cooling contractor there are far more important questions to have answered than just when can you be here! I am not dismissing the fact that that is an important factor especially when you are hot or cold because your ac or furnace need to be repaired, but it can end up costing you a ton of money, stress and aggravation in the long run.So how do you know if you've chosen a quality Air Conditioning Contractor? It all starts with the initial phone call, but it doesn't stop there.Some things to consider:• Check their ratings, things like the Tucson BBB, Arizona Registrar of Contractors & Angie's List. Google while valuable can be manipulated to show positive reviews and is a less reliable option.• Is the phone answered professionally and promptly (during normal working hours, if after hours take this with a grain of salt as it is impossible to control the types of employees an after hours answering service hires. If they are not professional, courteous or rude be sure to alert the management/owner of the HVAC Business)• If the call is after hours, how long does it take for someone to contact you to address your concern and provide a time frame for when they can be out to your home.• Do they give you a clear timeframe for service and also inform you that you will receive a confirmation call prior to the technician heading to your home as a courtesy update and reminder?Once the call has been scheduled: • Do you receive a confirmation call? If so is the technician/dispatcher professional in their demeanor?• Are they on-time? If not do you receive a courtesy call advising you that they are running late before their expected time of arrival?• Because HVAC repair can be a complicated business, it is sometimes necessary for a technician to take longer on a call than expected. A quality company will respect your time as valuable and give you as much notice as possible so that you are not waiting unnecessarily for someone to show up when you can be doing other more productive things.When the Technician arrives:• Is he prompt and on-time? And if not did he or someone at the office call you to inform you that he was running late? Your time is valuable and a quality professional air conditioning professional will respect your time.• Is his appearance neat, clean and professional? Is he wearing a clean uniform that clearly demonstrates a professional attention to detail?• Is he polite and professional in his introduction to you? Does he confirm with you the reason for his visit (I'm here to complete your maintenance, repair your air conditioner or furnace etc.)?• Does he put on shoe covers before entering your home? While a lot of people may not feel this is necessary, it is the correct thing to do for a technician and shows that he has been properly trained to respect and protect your home.• Does the technician take a few minutes to discuss with you what you are experiencing with your system? Does he ask probing questions regarding your heating and air conditioning system and does he listen intently to your answers? A well trained heating and cooling technician while being the expert of repairing of your cooling or heating system knows the value of listening to a customer. It may not only assist him in making the correct diagnosis, but may also alert him to other issues he can address that may otherwise be missed if he just focuses on the repair of your air conditioner or furnace.• Once the diagnosis or maintenance is completed, do they offer to demonstrate what the problem/deficiency is, or do they show you a picture showing the necessity of the repair?• Are they able to speak professionally and intelligently about the problem so that you can understand what needs to be done, but more importantly why? Are they educating you and backing up their findings with visual evidence and or readings from their diagnostic tools, or are they trying to sell you something?• If you say no to one their recommendations, do they remain professional in demeanor? A quality heating and cooling contractor would never employ technicians who become aggressive or unprofessional when a homeowner chooses to decline a repair.• Do they seek your approval before performing any work that would be chargeable beyond the diagnostic fee, No work should ever be performed without your permission.• Do they explain the difference between a Proactive Repair, one that in their professional opinion while the system may still be operational, performing this repair will prevent future more costly breakdowns. These repairs are always a choice to be made by the customer and should never be treated as a have to! That said it is usually a good idea to perform these types of repairs if your budget will allow because they typically will save you money at a future date. A Must Repair/Life Safety Repairs are repairs that either have the system not functioning like a bad compressor, or represent a condition that could cause physical harm to you or your home such as bad wiring or cracked heat exchangers. There are also System Enhancement Upgrades that may be offered, these are always options and should be taken as suggestions and only chosen if you feel it is of value to you and your family. • Upon completion of any repairs, or maintenance do they offer to show you the defective parts?• Do they clean up after themselves, is your home left in as good or better condition than when the technician arrived. Did he put all of the screws into the cabinets of the air conditioner and furnace? Are all the covers on correctly and left in a weather tight condition.• Do they provide you with a professional written service ticket explaining the services performed, all charges, and any recommendations made that you have chosen not to have performed at that day.• Does the technician take the time to make sure you don't have any questions, and if so do they answer them in a professional manner?If you utilize this as a guide for how to pick a quality heating and cooling contractor, you should not be disappointed. While a professional contractor will perform along these guidelines without any prodding from you the homeowner, it will quickly identify areas of concern for you if they don't. It will give you a chance to seek a second opinion prior to being committed to working with an unprofessional or lackadaisical contractor.A word of caution, price is not an indicator of professionalism of heating and cooling contractors. I've seen many high priced contractors provide very poor service to their customers and have also seen small lower priced contractors provide exemplary service for their customers. Price is not a good indicator of quality, and no matter what the price of the repair if the diagnosis is not correct or if the repair is not done appropriately, it will not matter. Look for professionals that stand behind their work and who instill confidence in you that they know what they are doing, but also are willing to stand behind their work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

Why is my air conditioning not turning on?

Air Cond Services Air conditioning installation, like any other kind of home or commercial building repair, upgrade or retrofit, is a job that is best done when it's done right. An air conditioning installation that is performed skillfully and correctly will ensure that the system works as it's designed and will last as long as possible with minimal ongoing maintenance costs and no surprise repairs.As home and commercial HVAC and cooling systems become more advanced, energy-efficient and cost effective, the demand for air conditioning installation has risen. Because of this, companies other than heating and air conditioning companies are beginning to offer this service as a means of increasing new business. Unfortunately, some of these companies don't even employ a certified refrigeration mechanic. Instead, customers may end up with a plumber or other type of professional putting in a cooling system.Having a plumber or electrician to install an air conditioning or HVAC system would be akin to seeing a veterinarian for an appendectomy. A veterinarian may be very skilled at treating animals and even performing surgeries, but that doesn't make him the best person to remove an appendix from a human being. Unfortunately, many consumers assume that a company which advertises air conditioning installation must be qualified to do so. This is not necessarily the case, since there are no laws in many areas that govern the types of services a company can perform and what qualifications their technicians must have to provide that service.In most Canadian provinces, certified apprentice or journeyman refrigeration mechanics are the only professionals who are trained and qualified to install cooling systems. A certified refrigeration mechanic has completed approximately 25 to 40 weeks of classroom and shop instruction at an accredited institution and met minimum standards of grading. An apprentice has completed a minimum number of on-the-job hours under a qualified supervisor/employer. To achieve journeyman refrigeration mechanic certification a technician must have approximately 8,000 hours of on-the-job experience.While a certified plumber may be a very good one, he has had very different training than a certified refrigeration mechanic. It's possible that whatever knowledge he does have may not have even come from a certified refrigeration mechanic, but from a fellow plumber.How, then, can a consumer know whether or not he is getting air conditioning installation from a company or technician that is qualified? The only way to know for sure is to ask a potential service provider.Consumers must also be prepared to ask the right questions. Don't just ask if a company is qualified to install a cooling system. Ask: * Do you have a certified refrigeration mechanic on staff?* Will my air conditioning installation actually be performed by a refrigeration mechanic or by someone who is not certified?* If my work is going to be done by an apprentice, will he or she be supervised and/or the work inspected by a fully certified technician?* Will my work be guaranteed? If so, what are the terms of the guarantee?A company that employs a certified and experienced refrigeration mechanic (whether an apprentice or journeyman) should be eager to guarantee its work. If you deal with a company that is reluctant to back up its service with a guarantee or discourages you from getting a legal inspection, this should give you cause for second thoughts. Air Conditioning Service and Maintenance

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