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Heating and air conditioning are important to make your home comfortable. If your heating system needs to be repaired or replaced or you need to add or replace the air conditioning, we can help with the financing. Get quotes for HVAC contractors near me specializing in heating and air conditioning installation and repairs.
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HVAC Contractors Near Me
Licensing requirements for HVAC technicians vary from state to state. Some states require a license. Check your state government’s website for more info. Some states require only a business license. Specific jobs may require an electrician. This individual would be licensed by the state. Also check if a permit is required. This would be a city or county requirement.
All HVAC technicians should carry two types of insurance: general liability insurance to cover any damages to your property and worker’s compensation insurance to cover injuries to employees.
HVAC technicians may also hold certifications from industry associations such as North American Technical Excellence and HVAC Excellence. They may also have certifications from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Cost for Heating and Air Conditioning and HVAC Contractors Near Me
Heating Installation Costs
A new furnace will cost between $1800 and $6300, depending on its efficiency rating, the size of the unit needed to heat the home, the labor costs, and whether it runs on electricity, natural gas, or oil. Gas furnaces cost $3800-$10,000. High efficiency models are 50% to 100% more than a standard model. Expect to pay at least $1600 in labor. They are the most common since they are good for cold areas and areas with harsh winters. Natural gas is an inexpensive fuel so they don’t cost too much to heat your home. TGUC Financial can help with the home improvement loan.
Electric furnaces are only about $2000 but they are expensive to run. Electric furnaces are best used in warm climates that won’t need a lot of heating. They aren’t really furnaces but are heat pumps or geothermal systems.
Oil furnaces are between $6750 and $10,000. Oil furnaces are not installed as much anymore. They were common in the northeastern United States because of the availability of oil but are expensive to replace.
Some homes have radiator heating with a boiler to heat the circulating water. A new boiler will cost $1500 to $5000. Again, the cost is dependent on the home size, the efficiency rating, labor costs, and the type of fuel used.
Forced air uses ductwork and fans to blow warm air from the furnace throughout your home. If you are planning on a forced air system, consider these additional costs:
- Drywall repair after ductwork has been installed: $250-$800
- Electric circuit addition and upgrade to current code: $500-$2000
- Framing modifications for ductwork: $1000-$2800
- Gas line installation: $300-$800
- Permits and other fees: $350-$1800
Air Conditioning (AC)
AC unit costs
Air conditioners run off of electricity so there’s no such thing as variation of type by fuel like in a furnace. The difference tends to be in efficiency and whether it is a two-stage unit or not. For warmer climates, more cooling efficiency is needed. A cool climate unit will cost between $800 and $20000. For a moderate climate, expect to pay between $1200 and $2600. For a warm climate, the central A/C unit will cost between $1900 and $3000.
If you already have forced air heating, the same ducts can be utilized by the AC unit. After all, they have the same function: to blow air around the house and adjust the inside temperature. If you have baseboard heating, however, you will need new ductwork for your central AC system. You can expect to pay $1900 to $3100 for added ductwork.
Like furnace installation, AC installation also comes with some added costs.
- Concrete AC pad for the outside AC unit: $40-$250.
- Electrical circuit addition: up to $700
- Indoor coil: $280-$900
- Cost of installation labor: $1000-$1600
- Permits and other fees: $120-$250
- Refrigerant Line and associated accessories: $230-$350
- Thermostat: $50-$500
Questions to Ask HVAC Contractors Near Me Before Hiring
1. Are you licensed for this type of work?
Ask your contractor for a copy of their license and contact its issuing authority to confirm whether it is in good standing or not.
2. Which types of insurance do you carry?
There are a few specific answers you would prefer to hear in response to this question. First, the contractor must have general liability insurance that will come in handy in case of an accident during the project or construction. An example scenario would be where they accidentally hit a water line which flooded your house. You want to know that they’ll be the one to take responsibility for the costs of the damage. Second, the contractor should also carry workers’ compensation insurance. This will protect you from liability if someone got hurt while working on your property.
3. How many permits have you obtained in my area over the last two years?
Make sure your general contractor is familiar with your local building code requirements and the permitting process in your community. It’s important to find a contractor who is credible and has recently worked within your area.
Confirm that your contractor is familiar with the permitting process in your community and local building code requirements. It’s best to find a contractor that has worked before in your area.
Basically you wouldn’t want to hire a contractor who is new and unfamiliar with the regulations of your town.
4. Can you provide a list of references?
Talk to former clients who have hired the general contractor you’re considering. Ask them about the process, as well as the final product. Discuss budgeting, timeliness, and professionalism.
Contact some former clients who have hired the general contractor you’re considering. Ask them about the process, budgeting, timeliness, professionalism, and of course, the final product.
Finally, ask them “would you hire this contractor again?”.
5. What is an expected timeline for this project?
It is essential for you to know when the contractor will begin and end the project, especially if you have an ideal deadline. Ask about any circumstances that may push back your deadline. Ask how many projects they’re currently handling. Also, make sure the timeline is realistic.
6. Will you hire sub-contractors for the job?
General contractors often need to subcontract work out. Check references for every person they will hire, know their names and what type of work they do. Verify their credentials and make sure that they also have the necessary insurance requirements. Also establish how communications will work with you. Will everything go through the general contractor or will they be coming to you?
7. What kind of written warranty do you have?
All credible contractors will guarantee their work and will have a written warranty agreement. This should clearly disclose what is covered in the build, what is not, and for how long. A one-year warranty is good, but two years would be better. A separate warranty will come from the manufacturer of the heating and air conditioning units.
8. What’s your typical payment schedule?
Don’t pay the entire price upfront, even if they offer a discount for doing so. Discuss the budget and payment terms before the work begins. It should include payment amounts, due dates, and key deliverables.
9. Will you obtain all of the required building permits?
Permits and inspection requirements vary depending on the location. This may include a county, city, or even HOA approvals. A reputable general contractor should know the required permits which they should handle directly for your project.
10. Will you provide a written lien waiver at the end of the project?
A lien waiver is a legal document that confirms you have paid the general contractor and all sub-contractors for all the work that was done in the project. It waives the signer’s right to file a lien on your property. Basically, it is the construction industry’s version of a receipt.
11. What is the total cost?
Make sure you have three bids for this one. That way you can see if one of your contractors is overbidding or underbidding. You don’t want unpleasant surprises like the use of inferior materials or shortcuts taken. You also don’t want to overpay.
For example, your AC installation cost should come in between $3700 and $7200. Less than that may mean that there is something important missing from the bid which will have to be added later. More than that and the contractor may simply be overcharging for the services.
12. What should be in the contract?
Final Cost – this should include a breakdown of materials and labor costs. Also ask them to itemize any part of the project that is optional (you might want to eliminate it during your review of the bids). Breaking the whole project down into separate costs helps when comparing the bids.
Permits – the cost of permits should be included in your contract.
Sketches – don’t depend on the vision in your mind being the same as the vision in your contractor’s mind. Get it all drawn out including locations of all components.
Timeline – the contract should include estimating starting time and estimated duration. You don’t want to have a furnace installation going on during a snowstorm!
13. Which unit should I get from HVAC contractors near me?
Your contractor will probably already be able to sell you certain brands. Often, this helps because it narrows down the choices. Within the lines the contractor represents, there are some things to keep in mind.
- Choose a local company. Ordering your furnace or AC unit and having it delivered may mean you are limited to how many local contractors are willing to install it. You might also be paying a lot for shipping costs. A local company can offer a service contract or maintenance agreement so if something is wrong, there is already a process in place to fix it.
- Quality trumps affordability. Your furnace or AC unit is not a place to try to save money. A better unit is going to work better and last longer. In the long run, you’ll be glad you went with quality.
- Bigger is not always better. If you have a unit installed that is too large for your space, it will cost more to heat or cool that space than if you choose an appropriately sized unit.
14. What’s best for the environment? Find HVAC Contractors Near Me
Natural gas is considered a cleaner fuel than oil or coal-generated electricity. If you have natural gas or propane available to use as fuel for your furnace, this is the best eco-friendly way to go.
A higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) for AC units means less energy is spent for cooling than a unit with a low SEER. The minimum SEER allowed is 13. Also, the refrigerant is more eco-friendly than it used to be. R-410A is the current refrigerant which contains no chlorine so it is better for the environment.
Look for EnergyStar ratings on the unit you intend to purchase.
15. Do I have to replace the outdoor AC condenser and the indoor unit at the same time from HVAC contractors near me?
The short answer to this is yes. They need to be designed to work as a matched set. If you are only replacing one, choose a contractor who can match the unit being replaced with the unit that is staying in place. The contractor would be to provide you with a certificate from the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute certifying that the units are matched.
How to Find HVAC Contractors Near Me
- If you are planning on being your own general contractor, it is really important to choose each contractor carefully.
- Get referrals. Contractors who have already worked in your area will not only know the local code but will have an established reputation.
- Check for manufacturer certifications. Some material companies will certify contractors who have been properly trained to use their materials.
- Check them out ahead of time. They must be insured and licensed and able to produce the paperwork proving it. Also check out their Better Business Bureau rating. Also look at the ratings on Yelp and Google. Read the one and two star reviews (some of them are not really legitimate complaints – look for the ones with real issues) and look at the overall rating.
- Don’t just pick the lowest bid. You won’t be planning to redo this remodel while you own the home. Your guarantee will only extend to materials that have been properly installed so you want quality workmanship. Find out what kind of warranty is on your materials. There should be a workmanship warranty as well as material warranties from the manufacturers.
- Good communication is necessary. Choose a contractor that will return calls and talk with you about issues before and during the process.
- Get it in writing. Your written bid should have a clear scope of work and a tight price range. Read the small print and ask about the process for out of scope costs and price overruns.
- Don’t put up with a high pressure sales pitch. Professional contractors should give you the opportunity to look at their bid, compare it with others, and do your own research. Be wary of anyone who offers a “today only” special or requires that your spouse be present for the sales pitch (they don’t want you to be able to say, “I have to discuss this with…”).