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1. How much do HVAC companies typically charge?

Answer: The average cost to hire a HVAC contractor is between $40 - $100 dollars per hour, while some may be more expensive, there will typically not be any cheaper option that would be qualified and licensed to do HVAC work.

2. How much are typical HVAC repair costs?

Answer: The average cost for a repair is around $200 - $1500 dollars.  However, each project is different and costs can range from $200 to fix a refrigerator leak, to several thousand dollars to install or repair an A/C unit.

3. Should HVAC technicians be certified or licensed?

Answer: Yes.  Each state has their own requirements for licensing and certifications for HVAC contractors.  Be sure to check our state licensing tool to review the local HVAC guidelines.

4. What questions should I ask a HVAC contractor?

Answer: There are several questions or things to know before hiring a HVAC pro to do any work in your home.

  * Do they have proper licensing and certification?

  * Do they charge for estimates?

  * Can they provide references?

  * What brands to they carry or service?

5. How many HVAC contractors are in the US?

Answer: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2017, there are 307,060 HVAC contractors employed in the US.  Their average salary is $23.81 per hour, with an annual wage of $49,530.  Florida has the most HVAC professionals employed (29,450) with California (25,010) following just behind.  Washington D.C. has the highest average hourly wage at $32.65 per hour.