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These guys don't mess around. After receiving a cost estimate from air solutions for over $4k to involve replacing a supposed damaged a/c compressor to fix a supposed leak, Steve Beck was able to locate the actual source of the leak and fix it for $900 - without replacing the compressor, which was apparently fine.Will definitely be calling Beck from now on for any HVAC issues in the future.
I have a home warranty, and am unfortunately stuck waiting for these people who could not care less about customer service. They showed up the first time at 930am and weren't supposed to arrive until 4pm or later, as was discussed with BJ over the phone. The guy said he would call another one of my contacts to see if they could meet him. He never did and it took me 4 days to reach anyone or get a call back. They pushed me out 12 more days for the rescheduled appointment. They no showed that appointment with no communication to me. I was able to reach BJ who continued to give me excuses, yet PROMISED me someone would be at my house at 930am SHARP, otherwise, and I quote, "I will fire all of them." Needless to say, they no showed again this morning and I have been unsuccessful in reaching anyone on the 3 phone numbers I have all morning. I contacted my home warranty company, who also was unsuccessful in reaching this company. It has been 100 degrees or hotter, and I have no working air conditioner. These people honestly could not care less. To say I am disgusted and appalled with their lack of compassion and their inability to properly care for their customers is an understatement. I don't know if I am not priority to them because I have a home warranty, but I am simply shocked at what I am dealing with. I try to give benefit of the doubt to everyone. I know mistakes can be made, blhowever, this is no longer a mistake, but a total disregard for me as a customer. There is no excuse.
This company has little or no regard for customer service. Having no choice due to home warranty, we are stuck with this company. Warranty work is routinely scheduled about a week after the initial request. They don't show up as scheduled, They will block your number if they don't want to deal with you. Because they couldn't get if fixed on the first attempt, they AGAIN scheduled the 2nd warranty work for a week later. I would NOT consider calling them if you have a choice! There are too many professional and trustworthy companies out there to waste your time with this one.
This company is horrible. We also have a home warranty and we called them (Old Republic). Midtown Mechanical is who they sent. The call was placed in the middle of December 2014. Fast forward to now and we still have not had our HVAC repaired. In December they came onsite to look at the issue and determined it needed a new coil. They said they would be order the parts and would be back out in a few weeks. They never came back out and re-scheduled over and over again and no showed the last three days of this week. As of yesterday, 3/20/2015 the company started ignoring my phone calls. I would never do business with this company and am appalled at their complete lack of professional and ability to the most basic of things like schedule, return calls, etc. Contacting BBB next.
Repeatedly missed appointments, failed to call or only called minutes before the scheduled appointment, then when they did show up they announced before ever looking at my air conditioner that they didn't bring what they needed to fix it. The service man was rude, literally showed his rear and scheduling was impossible! Avoid this company!
Best Heating & Air Company in the area, HANDS DOWN! We had a new unit installed after spending countless dollars on service calls with another company. My neighbor recommended Dowd Heat & Air so I gave them a call. The service was prompt, thorough, friendly and extremely efficient. Thanks guys!
They came the day I called , fixed the problem and were gone within 30 minutes. Will use them again.
We have a one year warranty on our home so we were not able to decide who came out. Let's just say the first company left MUCH to be desired. Not only were they kate after cancelations and rescheduling but also said they just couldn't find the issue. I would like to add its 40 degrees outside and we NEEDED heat. Troy came immediately and fixed the problem within 30 minutes. There was no waiting or excuses. He knew exactly what he was doing. So grateful for his services today. We will request him any time we need anything regarding heat and air.
Troy was very polite and courteous. He found the problem quick and got my a/c running in no time. I would use him in the future.-Brian
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.