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The service was outstanding, above and beyond. My wife was scheduled for surgery in a few days when our AC went out they came out immediately found we needed a new inside unit and worked tirelessly to make sure that when we returned from hospital it would be to a cool house. The concern each of the technicians as well as the owner Tone showed towards my wife's well being was almost like I was dealing with family. Tone himself worked until well into the evening to insure the unit was up and running for my wife's comfort so she could rest comfortably. We found our new AC guys for any future problems. I highly recommend this company!!!
I am extremely happy and impressed with this company and their employees!! We had a significant leak somewhere in our around our house. We have American Home Shield so we decided to try them first. The company they sent out were able to narrow down the leak to our old water softener to the meter but told us they would have to dig up our years and essentially destroy our brick garden to find the leak OR we could just opt for a completely new water line to the house which also result in major trenching and costly repair. We called Shafer on the recommendation of my dad and they came out the next day we called. Within 20 minutes of detection work Ismael and his assistant Tina found the exact location of the leak!! The next day their diggers came out to prep the area and the day after that they came out early and fixed the leak within an hour!! The cost for the fix was not as bad as I expexted, considering the first company was going to charge $295 an hour labor for the first hour and $195 for every hour after. They were very professional and explained everything in a way I could Understand. I was also impressed with their office staff. I spone to two people a woman (whose name unfortunately I cannot Recall) and Adan! They were both lovely to talk to, didn’t interrupt when I was rambling on and the communication between appointments was excellent. They didn’t give me a 4 or 5 hour window like most companies do. They told me a time and showed up on time or even earlier! I HIGHLY recommend Shafer Services for your plumbing needs and ask for Ismael and Tina or Adan to talk to in the office for scheduling!!
Excellent experience! We had a problem with one of our two HVAC systems. We called our service providers we had used before. Upon examination they told us the system had a leak and was too old to use the new refrigeration gases in, so the system needed replacing. We called our Home Appliance Protection Plan and they said our old providers were not in their system so the sent another firm out. That firm missed their first appt. and were an hour and a half late for the second one. They also said something similar to the the first company. I had problems with that company due to registration issues and bad reviews. So I requested a third company and the insurance providers sent RTH. Couldn't have been more pleased. They showed up when they said they would and called ahead. The tech (Rooster) explained they issue was a bad coil and explained that it was impossible to tell if the system had a leak until the coil was working because pressure drops when the system freezes over. They ordered the parts and had the job approved. There was a slight delay due to a mistake in ordering parts. But when the parts did arrive, they did the job promptly and established that there was no leak in the system. Saved the insurance company a lot of money and made us satisfied with their service. Highly recommend them.
Amazing workers fast and cheap and do great work. They are willing to drop anything to take care of your restraunt and your needs love these guys
Great service they came on time, my home is more comfortable and I didnt pay anything with the financing program I'm very pleased with the work they did, was my first time hiring a company and I will hire them again
this business is so unprofessional. I have been lied to about appointments and parts. I called the part warehouse and was told that my part was in and they continued to lie. Putting me on hold for 10-15 minutes, ignoring my calls and ignoring the warranty call (which First American is a joke too). I was without air for 12 days which probably would have only been 5-6 days if I had not been dealing with Air Force A/C and Heating. it is a San Antonio company but the service Dallas as well. Very unprofessional
I have a home owners warinty and the first a.c. company that came out was Schmidt mechanical who found a hole in my duct. The tech told his boss and the boss filled out a report and sent it in saying rodents in my attack tore the duct so their for it would not be covered. First of all that was a lie he wasn't even at my house and my unit is not even in my attack and theirs no feces to be seen I asked for a second opinion and got this group which the tech came out and didn't even have a ladder I had to lend him a step stool, which would not let him reach the hole. I know where the hole is cause I had to send pictures to my insurance and I had to use my neighbors ladder and shimmy my body up in there to find the hole. This guy was tearing off pieces of tape and taping random parts of my duct. I asked what he was taping and he said my hole which I informed him that the hole was up further. He got smart with me and said what gives you the impression I'm taping everything! And then stated duct work is not covered in my warranty stormed out called my insurance came back and said the hole which he never saw was due to rodents. Fist of all I wouldn't want a company that I'm paying to just tape things I can do that for free and second of all lie!!
The workers were very professional. They answered all my questions about the installation ofa new a/c and furnace installation. They cleaned up and took away the old unit. I got a good price for the installation and cost of the new unit. I would recommend this company for anyone who needs service or a new unit. My old unit was on it last legs as it was 29 years old. My new unit is quieter and I wish I would have done it earlier. Karen in the office was very helpful with all of my paperwork to get the CPS rebate. She is an asset to the company. I give the company an A+ rating.
Cool component is a very dependable and affordable company. we had our installation done in one day without a hassle! i will highly recommend this company to anyone looking for affordable, honest prices!!
In order to work as an HVAC technician, a person must graduate with an associate degree in the field or enter into an apprenticeship program.
Some contractors may also learn their craft while on the job. After they receive their education, whether it's through a school or training, the graduates must then complete an exam to receive a certification if they intend to work with refrigerators or air conditioners.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires this certification since 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. With that said, not all states demand contractors to obtain one.
Your heating and air units are some of the most complex systems in your property, so complete your research before selecting a professional to do the work. Here's a checklist of questions to ask yourself and things to consider when making your choice:
What Kind of Work is Needed?
Do you need someone to install a completely new HVAC unit? Does your current system need repairs? Do you only require routine maintenance? Once you make a list of the necessary work, you can shop around to collect bids from heating and air companies in your community.
Can Your Family or Friends Recommend a Service?
Your loved ones will most likely give you the best advice regarding technicians that worked for them and which ones to avoid. Ask around when beginning your search. Friends and family could lead you to a reputable contractor. Even if you don't need HVAC help at the moment, you can save the recommended company's contact information for when you do.
Is the HVAC Contractor Licensed in Your State?
Considering the work that may need to be done on your unit, it's best to look for a licensed professional. Do a search or contact your state's heating, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors board to ensure a technician is licensed.
Also, make sure the contractor is registered with your state or city to do the kind or work you require.
Is the Company Insured?
You want the professional you hire to carry insurance. If they don't, you run the risk of paying out of pocket for any damage they might do to your home or commercial building. An HVAC technician not only needs liability coverage for work-related damage, but also coverage to handle any bodily injuries they sustain on the job.
Is the Technician Bonded?
Not all service providers may be bonded, but finding one that is can be crucial for property owners. Ensure the bond is large enough to cover any costs if the technician doesn't complete the project or walks off the job. You don't want to be left with a bill and unfinished work.
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 ductwork 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.
Expect 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. Also, parts for older air conditioners are harder to find since some manufacturers discontinue them.
Restoring or replacing an aging unit can get expensive. It could be time to 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 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.
On the other hand, 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.
The time it takes to install an AC unit and the associated cost depends on the square footage of your home. Many homeowners spend between $3,677 to $7,151 for a contractor to put in a new central air system.
A family with a 2,000-square-foot house that already has a forced-air heating unit can expect to pay $3,500 to $4,000 for a cooling system. If technicians don't need to make any changes to the ductwork, then the project should take them an average of two to three days.
If you're having trouble with your air conditioning, there are some problems you can address yourself. However, you should leave the big issues to a professional. Let's take a look at some common dilemmas and what you should do if they arise.
The Air Conditioner Won't Turn On
If your unit isn't turning on, check on it outside to make sure the condenser is still running. Ensure it's fully plugged in and that your thermostat is set. Lower the thermostat by a few more degrees than your typical setting. You should hear it power on after doing so. If that doesn't take care of the problem, check your fuse box. You could have a blown fuse or a tripped circuit that's causing the air conditioner to not turn on.
The System isn't Cooling the Air
Is the air conditioner on your thermostat set low, but you aren't feeling cool air? It could be that debris is blocking the condenser. Check on your system outside and remove any tree branches or leaves from around it. Debris can easily obstruct air flow, so make sure the area around your air conditioning unit is clean and trimmed back. Additionally, make sure your filter is clean. A buildup of dirt and dust can cause poor air circulation.
Refrigerant is Leaking
A refrigerant leak not only keeps your air conditioner from running efficiently, it's also harmful to the environment. There are many things that can cause your air conditioner to leak coolant, but the usual culprit is a problem with the evaporator coil or outdoor condenser coil. If you discover any freon coming out of your unit, contact a professional. It could be that you need to obtain a patch or a whole new part to resolve the problem.
The Air Conditioner is Making Noises
Is your unit running loud or making odd noises? To properly diagnose the problem, find out where the noises are coming from. A banging or clanking sound could be due to a loose part. If you hear a hissing sound, it's most likely because of a refrigerant leak and you should contact an HVAC technician as soon as possible.
There are Sensor or Drainage Issues
It's important to keep your air conditioning unit level, because if it's not, you could be faced with a host of problems. If you notice your system is acting inconsistently, the sensor is most likely out of place. Turn off the unit and reach behind its control panel while carefully bending the sensor back into place near the evaporative coil.
If you happen to live in a hot and humid area of the country, you're also bound to face drainage problems with your unit since moisture can trap itself inside the system. Routine maintenance can cut down on drainage issues by cleaning out any mold or algae from blocking the drain. If you notice moldy smells whenever you turn the thermostat down, it's best to check on your system.
To clean your air conditioner drain, first shut off the power to your unit at both the thermostat and the breaker. Then remove the drain pan. If the pan is full of water, soak up the liquid with a few towels or rags or use a wet vacuum. You can use a solution of water and distilled vinegar, or substitute peroxide for the vinegar, to clean out the drain pipe. Let the pipe sit for a while in the solution and then put all the parts back in place. Once you start using your air conditioner on a regular basis, check it periodically to ensure condensation isn't building up.
You can keep your air conditioner running efficiently with some preventative care measures. Here are various steps you can take that will prolong the life of your system and help you save on your energy bills each month. Remember to shut off the power to your AC before cleaning it or performing any of these tasks.
Clean Your Filter
It's always a good idea to clean the AC's filter at least twice a year. It gets dirty and clogged after a few months, it can increase your unit's energy consumption by as much as 15 percent.
Remove Leaves and Twigs
Since many air conditioners are located outside, they could get a lot of debris such as leaves, dirt or sticks in their cages or even in their interiors. After you turn off the power to the unit, use a screwdriver to detach the cage so you can clean the debris from the system.
Clean and Straighten the Fins
To get the best performance from your air system, clean the fins of the unit with either a garden hose or a special spray you can find at your local home improvement store. Use your hose to run a strong stream of water to remove any built-up dust or debris stuck in between the fins. Remember that air flows through these little fins, so if dirt gets caught in them or if a fin is bent, it will reduce the cooling efficiency. Use a butter knife or other knife with a dull end to carefully straighten out any smashed fins.
Keep Your Yard Clean
Not only is it good to rake up leaves to protect your lawn's grass, it's also beneficial for your air conditioner. Rake leaves, cut grass and trim back any tree branches around the unit as a preventative measure. All this yard debris could end up blocking the fins or other parts of the system and cause your AC to use more power to generate cool air in your home.
Cover it Up for Winter
Another precaution you can take to prolong the life of your central air unit is to cover it up during winter. Protect it from ice and snow by putting a sheet of plastic or wood on top of the unit. However, only cover the top and not the whole machine. You don't want to trap moisture that could cause it to rust and you don't want to provide a hiding spot for pests.
Make Sure it's Level
Ensure your system is on a level plane. Over the years, the soil and mat under the unit can shift. If it's not balanced, you run the risk of damaging the inner workings of the unit.