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" scheduled me quickly and arrived within the agreed-upon one-hour window; he took time to explain what he was doing as he worked. Replacement" part seemed pricey, but since I didn't want to delay while I researched parts/labor costs, I went ahead and had him install a new programmable thermostat for a bit under $200.

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" hermiz showed up for the estimate appointment on time. he kept asking me what it was i wanted an estimate for, i guess so he could be certain" i was using the correct terminology, as i'm sure consumers don't always know what all the different parts of an hvac system are. after we clarified i needed my a/c condensor replaced, in its entirety, he said his company only replaces EVERYTHING and not just the condensor. well, i don't need or want EVERYTHING in my hvac system replaced. he said, "it'll be between $3000 and $5000". that's not an estimate. that's lazy nothingness.

-anne B.

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what should you pay.  You pay what you can afford.  1100sqft unit requires a min. of a two ton unit.  prices range from 2100-2900 depending upon the seers of the system.  13 seer is the min. the law requires  and for your situation with 1100 sqft.  do not worry about the seers as long as it is to code.  the bigger the house the more seers for economy.  1100 sqft is at the border line for a two ton system.  It is more important to have your new system balance, there is where you get the economy on your electric bill and gas.  Bryant, lenox, ruud and carrier are the brands you should stay with.All have the same basic factory warrantee and will last you longer than you expect as long as you maintain it with regular check ups twice a year once in the spring and then in the fall.

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koolray heating and air
 clarksville,tn
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The only thing of importance, is the hvac professional you choose to use. Alot of manufacturer's pieces are built relatively the same, and will last about the same amount of time. The thing that matters most is what you can not compare between companies, and that is the installation. Purchasing a system is not like purchasing a car, where no matter where you buy it, they are all the same. Each installation is different, and usually what you are paying for is the level of expertise, and quality of the installation, the company who will actual give you the warranty, and the comfort that you will receive. Manufacturers warranties disappear every day. They always have a loophole where they can get out of paying, but your local dealer wants to keep you happy for future work, and to protect his reputation in the communiy. Look up 4 year old Nordyne and Goodman warranty problems. Choose the HVAC professional first. It will cost you the least in the long run. I have had to totally redo plenty of installations that were just performed because of an uncomfortable customer, and a system that keeps breaking down. The equipment is only as good as it's installation, and over 70% are not installed correctly.
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Yes Jupiter. It depends on the severity of the situation, is the mold encapsulated in the insulation. If yes, than replace [insulation] it with new. Is it on the casing of the heater? If yes, clean it with a mold neutralizing metal cleaner. It's not a matter of finding something or someone to clean or address the existing mold. It's a matter of finding a contractor to rectify what is causing the mold grow. It's coming from excessive moisture in the air-handler unit. I can say with 100% surety you’re dealing with poor airflow and/or incorrect equipment sizing! Either issue will cause excessive icing of the evaporator coil, which leads to excessive condensate water in the system. The condensate will eventually overflow the drain pan leaving stagnant water in the air-handler housing, which leads to mold growth. I would not let any contractor do any kind of temporary repair, add any device like a UV light or air-cleaning product until the aforementioned is corrected. I talk a lot about this in my videos and on my website. It is the result of improper system design from unqualified contractors. There is a reason why some guys cost more than others, and this is one reason why!




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I'd rate them equal,or close,as with several other brands. I'd be more concerned about the difference in installation and service down the road. Difficult to determine the difference ,but asking for detailed info about their installation,may convince you to choose one over the other.

The Dept. of Energy states that poor installations can cause a 30% efficiency loss! Plus with Gas their are saftey issues,venting properly etc.,and of couse the need for a "low Level" Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
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I think maybe you are confusing SEER, which is an efficiency-related rating (higher SEER means more effective use of the electric power used to compress the gas), and TONS rating, which is a measure of the total cooling power of the system. (Tons used to mean how many tons per hour of ice was used in evaporative cooling building systems - a Refrigeration or Cooling Ton equals 12,000 Btu/Hour of energy exchange. A BTU, which is another antique measure but still used, is the energy needed to change the temperature of a pound of water one degree fahrenheit. Unfortunately, because of varying humidity and evaporation, this is not readily related to house air heating or cooling without a lot of assumptions and some computations. Relating this to today's world - the Manuals BayAreaAc referred to account for all these energy conversions and determine an estimated cooling (or heating) requirement for your specific house. The type of construction, solar exposure, general climatic conditions such as average temperatures, humidity, and hottest and coldest normal ambient temperatures and desired inside temperture are all taken into account in the more sophisticated versions of the analysis, so there is no "standard", though a rough old rule of thumb was about 1 ton of cooling per 500SF of house. Obviously, this was a WAG only because it did not account for insulation, type of roofing, whether you live in Alaska or Miami, etc. The ACCA manuals do a very simplified form of evaluation to arrive at a "design", which generally will be adequate. OF course, highly precise calculations are not really needed because A/C units generally come in even ton ratings - so if you are at say 2.6 ton requirement you will be getting a 3-ton unit anyway. SEER ratings are not a direct measure of efficiency, but the relative difference between ratings gives you good idea of the unit's relative efficency in using electricity - so a 16 SEER should be about 19% more efficient (so roughly comparable lower electricity bill) than a comparably sized 13 SEER unit. 13 SEER is the lowest efficiency currently allowed to be built for general use, 19 SEER is about the highest efficiency made by pretty much all manufacturers, and about 25 SEER is the highest rated though very pricey shelf-item units, though special construction custom units can reach about 30 SEER. Note however, like any government sponsored rating, much of it is hooey when you get down to it - for instance, SEER ratings are figured based on 80 degree inside air temp and 82 degrees outside, when that is far from the normal case of mid to low seventies inside and high eighties or above outdoors. This makes the absolute SEER rating meaningless, but relative numbers still have meaning in comparing units. Note these efficiency ratings are for conventional air conditoners and heat pumps working in ambient air conditions. Ground sourced Geothermal or lake/river exchange cooling units, though initially more expensive in most cases, can greatly exceed the air-exchange unit efficiencies because they are exchanging heat with cold natural water rather than with a high-temperature outside air, and instead of continually compressing a gas are just circulating cold water. I worked on one geothermal cooling project which had almost infinite efficiency, which of course makes no sense - but the only power was for sensors and a control valve as the water flow was single-pass under gravity flow, so no power was used to circulate the water.
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Assuming you already have an installed units with all ductwork and so forth, small square footage furnace and AC can generally run anywhere form $2000-$5000 for each unit, or about $4000-10000 for a combined unit, depending on ease of installation, etc. This assumes your existing plumbing, electrical, ductwork, etc are directed suitable, so it is merely a matter of cutting  in a new unit and hooking it up. The lowest price would be for a minimally efficient unit, the upper number for highest efficiency.

If you are changing the type of heat (baseboard to forced air or electric to gas, for instance) or installing AC from scratch, then running power, ductwork, etc can up to double that number.

If you live near the coast (and depending on how hot you will let the condo get before cooling kicks in) the cost savings of a high efficiency unit might not pay for itself. Of course, if you are in the San Gabriel Mountains and really need winter heat, or in the Mohave desert or inland valley area and really need serious air conditioning, then a high efficiency unit (which can cost twice as much) might pay for itself in 5-10 years.

Your utility company (companies if gas heat with electric AC) can help with guides on how much your savings might be with different efficiencies, and may have an energy efficiency rebate program for efficient units. Also, the California Energy Commission has information and online calculators for that, as well as rebate programs for energy efficiency. There is also a federal energy efficiency rebate program (though it is generally limited to a tax credit equal to 10% of the cost of energy efficient retrofits, unless it is considered an "alternative energy" system). Pay attnetion to these energy rebate programs - I have a neighbor who, between state and federal program, had the entire cost of his insulation upgrade and furnace/hot wate heater system replacement covered in toto, except for few hundred $ for the initial energy audit. About $8000 in work for about $300, with about $100/month reduction in gas bills.

As always with condo units, check with the condo manager and the bylaws to find out what the rules are - some condos require matching units or installation by a certain contractor for ease of maintenance, and in many condos the heating and AC are actually the responsibility of the condo association or the bylaws require that the association handle the installation but you pay the cost, etc. Also, major work of this type usually has to be coordinated with the condo manager, and there may be time of day limitations on work hours, etc.

And of course make sure your HVAC contractor, if you end up choosing him, is licensed, bonded, insured, and well recommended, and whether any repairs to walls, floors, ceiling etc necessitated by replacing the system are or are not covered in his bid (he would subcontract this out, or more likely tell you that you need a general contractor to supervize plumber, electrician, plasterer, painter, flooring contractor, etc).

Hvac reviews in Modesto

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Excellent Service - Highly recommend
was prompt in response. Identified the issue quickly. Choice was to replace a $1000 part with 1 yr warranty in a 15 yr old system or spend $2700 on a new unit warranted for 5 yrs. No brainer, went with new unit. got the unit ordered, installed within a couple ...More of days. Additionally there were a couple of rooms in the home that did not get adequate heat or air. installed/re-routed the duct work to take care of this problem for the agreed upon $300.00 (which about covered the parts he ended up using!) I liked that not only stayed in touch with me to confirm appts, he was prompt to arrive on time and worked diligently to complete the jobs. He also took the time to explain the process, what he found and what could be done better to improve the overall performance of the AC unit. A suggestion for a ventilation fan in the attic is the next step for a future visit.
- Rochelle S.
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he was good he called ahead was on time he worked 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete job. i will use them again
- donald B.
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was prompt, professional, and did the work in the quoted time. The service is amazing. They removed my old, Freon-leaking HVAC in one day and got the new one installed and balanced in 2 more days. Then they had a technician come and make sure the system was functioning properly. They helped me get available rebates and are very ...More positive people.
- Ellen B.
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Technician ( ) was right on time. I was impressed as to how quickly he found the problem and corrected it. He had the part needed on the truck and had me up and running in about 35 minutes. I was so impressed I signed up for a maintenance policy for summer and winter service. I would recommend this company to anyone. Next time ...More the company services my AC unit I definitely want as the technician.
- HARRY M.
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I cannot even express how professional this company is my story is a long one but all I can say is I will continue to use this company as long as I can and I hope will always be my technician.. is the sweetest person you could ever speak to and she listens and does not put you off.... ...More found out I needed a new motor our insurance company could not work with their Company so I had to call American home Shield to find someone else.they sent out a company called Infinityheating and air all I have to say to anybody who reads this is beware this company infinity heating and air is a joke!!!when came out again to check something they said was wrong there was actually nothing wrong the guy had turned off my heat for no reason it was just the motor..I am still waiting on a motor from Infinity heating and air!!and just to show you how professional was he said he would come out and check the job that infinity heating and air did with the motor to make sure they did it properly...all I can say is thank you thank you for all of your hard work on my roof and I will continue to use this wonderful professional company again and again..
- Joni A.
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He did a great job- was punctual, able to tell us what was wrong and the price was very reasonable. We will certainly call on him in the future.
- susan D.
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It was fine. I am very satisfied with them. They are excellent and I was very impressed with them. I have been a customer with them for a few months now. They also do not do any scare tactics like other companies have done before. They also took pictures to show me what eventually I should get done and they did not pressure me into anything. They are also very honest.
- Laurie P.
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They are great and wonderful. They use all name brand products and their prices are competitive. The technicians have been great and really professional, responsive, and friendly. They are really easy to work with.
- Edward W.

HVAC Contractors in Modesto

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5 Star Construction

6507 Pacific Ave
Stockton

A L Affordable Contractor

5225 Pentecost Dr
Modesto

A-A-A COMMERCIAL SVC

3848 MCHENRY AVE
Modesto

AAA Triple Heating

926 McHenry Ave
Modesto

ACCEL AIR

4633 LUCINDA AVE
Modesto

AIR COLD SUPPLY

2407 TENAYA DR
Modesto

AIR CONDITIONING SPECIALIST

4724 GREENLEAF CT
Modesto

AIR DOCTORS

PO Box 336
Oakdale

Air Heroes

PO Box 4188
Modesto

AIR INNOVATIONS

1025 13TH ST
Modesto

Air One Heating & Air

1641 Princeton Ave
Modesto

AIR SOLUTIONS

819 W ROSEBURG AVE
Modesto

AIR-ONE MECHANICAL

23468 RANCHO RAMON CT
Tracy

AIR-TEC

2313 JASMIN AVE
Modesto

Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning

952 Kate Linde Circle
Stockton

Aire Serv of Stanislaus

PO Box 450
Oakdale

Airmergency Inc

1600 N Carpenter Ste E-2
Modesto

American Heating & Air

762 W Los Felis Ave
Stockton

ASAP HEATING & AIR COND

5023 Kernan
Salida

ASAP HEATING & AIR COND

5023 Kiernan
Salida

Bailey's Heating & Air Inc

310 River Rd
Modesto

BAKER DISTRIBUTING CO

1295 N EMERALD AVE
Modesto

Barnett's Energy Wise Home Service

5729 Terminal Ave
Riverbank

BEACHY HEATING & AIR COND

1212 CALIFORNIA AVE
Modesto

BENZ AIR ENGINEERING

500 GLASS LN
Modesto

Big Bear Heating & Air

293 Blossom Dr
Ripon

BRET TURNER HEATING AND COOLING

5225 Pentecost Dr
Modesto

C & M Air Conditioning

4946 yosemite blvd
Modesto

CBM

599 Hi Tech Pkwy
Oakdale

Cencal Mechanical

1254 Lone Palm Avenue
Modesto

CHLADEK REFRIGERATION

1329 HIDDEN GLEN DR
Modesto

CHRIS D'S

501 E UNION AVE
Modesto

CHROMALOX

2509 MANOR OAK DR
Modesto

Creative Heating & Cooling, Inc

3704 Merrifield Avenue
Modesto

CRISWELL HEATING & AIR

1642 LAS VEGAS ST
Modesto

CSW Sewer and Drain

202 Dawn Drive
Modesto

cth Installations

2314 Reile Ave
Escalon

CUSTOM KOMFORT HEATING

1929 SNYDER AVE
Modesto

D H CONSTRUCTION INC

2201 GLASGOW DR
Ceres

Dave's Air Works

2607 Gallery Dr
Riverbank

DAVID W VAUGHN

PO BOX 579303
Modesto

DCP Service Pros

1420 E Roseville Pkwy
Roseville

DCS Duct Cleaning Services

2731 Medina Dr
San Bruno

DeHart Plumbing Heating & Air Inc

311 Bitritto Way
Modesto

DeHart Roofing Inc

P.O. Box 770
Turlock

DERMOND HEATING & AIR COND

1312 KANSAS AVE
Modesto

Design Air Inc

1337 Lone Palm Ave
Modesto

DON'S APPLIANCE

P.O. Box 1333
Oakdale

Donald Mount Construction

PO Box 4279
Manteca

Econo Air

462 Industrial Dr
Livingston

ELECTRO-AIR 2000

1117 SYMPHONY WAY
Modesto

Fire & Ice Heating & Air

615 S 9th St
Modesto

Francisco Rubio

1512 Silver creek

Fred Hill Mechanical Inc

1137 Needham St
Modesto

GENERAL SHEET METAL HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

729 S. COMMERCE STREET
Stockton

Generation Builders

P.O. Box 23
Riverbank

GLENCO MOBILE HM HTG & AC CO

1115 ROSE AVE
Modesto

GOLDEN VALLEY HEATING & MECHANICAL

195 EAST MINNESOTA AVE
Turlock

GRAY HEATING & AIR

1101 DOKER DR
Modesto

Green Home Solutions

3255 W. March
Stockton

GreenerSolutions

2331 Stagecoach Rd
Stockton

H R & R

1808 BRADFORD CT
Modesto

H&H Heating & Air Inc

485 Bitritto Way
Modesto

HALLEY'S AIR COND & HEATING

3416 GEORGE AVE
Modesto

Heating

Modesto

HEATING & AIR

1064 WOODLAND AVE
Modesto

HEATING & COOLING SUPPLY

301 9TH ST
Modesto

HOME DEPOT

5010 FEATHER RIVER DR
Stockton

Honest Abe's Heating and Air

11857 N Lower Sacramento Rd
Lodi

Honey's Air & Solar

5536 Pirrone Rd
Salida

IMPORT AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR

1400 N 9TH ST
Modesto

Irish Heating and Air

672 W 11th St #351
Tracy

Irish Heating and Air

672 West 11th St., Suite 351
Tracy

J V HEATING & AIR COND

533 ORANGE AVE
Modesto

jimmy hendricks construction

5425 nanette drive
Modesto

Joe Bryson Plumbing, Heating & AC

931 Avalon Dr.
Stockton

JONES HEAT & AIR

1649 McCormick St.
Turlock

KEVIN JORDAN HTG & AC SVC

1108 south 1st
Turlock

LINGLEY ENTERPRISES

4218 Technology Dr
Modesto

Lingley Enterprises

P.O. Box 430
Modesto

Mariposa HVAC Maintenance

1609 Bryn Mawr Way
Modesto

Martin Plumbing

1221 Post Rd
Oakdale

MC BRIDE MECHANICAL SVC

1443 ANGIE AVE
Modesto

MEHL MECHANICAL

4807 Greenleaf Ct
Modesto

MEL HEATING & COOLING

3533 ANNISTON CT
Modesto

Mel's Heat & Air

1744 McCormick St
Turlock

MODERN HEATING & AIR COND

3009 DA VINCI CT
Modesto

Norquest

Modesto

O.A.R. Heating and Air

271 E. Essex St.
Stockton

Old Republic Home Protection

PO Box 5017
San Ramon

PACIFIC BREEZE AIR SYSTEMS

1010 MURPHY DR
Turlock

Platinum Automotive

3424 oakdale rd

PONE HEATING & AIR COND

517 BEARD AVE
Modesto

PRAXAIR INC

605 S SANTA CRUZ AVE
Modesto

PREFERRED HEATING & COOLING

PO Box 944
Turlock

Pro Edge Services and Training Inc

12162 Chad Lane
Waterford

PRO-TECH REFRIGERATION

1219 KANSAS AVE
Modesto

R ALLI ENTERPRISES

2729 CARMELLA WAY
Modesto

R H ENTERPRISES & A/C

1295 N EMERALD AVE
Modesto

RB Construction

1518 Coffee Road Ste G
Modesto

Reliance Bldg & Maint LLC

121 Las Flores Ave
Modesto

Retes Mechanical

P.o. Box 7044
Stockton

Reyes handyman Services

PO BOX 577004
Modesto

RH AIR CONDITIONING INC

PO BOX 580900
Modesto

ROBERT'S APPLIANCE REPAIR

1100 POTOMAC WAY
Modesto

Robic Refrigeration Inc

789 S Center St
Turlock

Runyan & Runyan Construction

PO Box 1626
Turlock

Sanchez Quality Performance HVAC

959 Solari Ave
Stockton

SLAKEY BROTHERS INC

1001 OATES CT
Modesto

Smart Energy Solutions

302 Court of Elm

Smith Heating & Air Conditioning Inc

1150 N Filbert St
Stockton

Star Refrigeration

17637 S Austin Rd
Manteca

Stockton Ace Hardware

3201 W Benjamin Holt Dr
Stockton

Stroho

4801 Woodway

TEMP TECH

4707 MORROW RD
Modesto

Tenney A Norquist Heat & Air

PO Box 4776
Modesto

Therma Tech Inc

1224 Reno Avenue # P
Modesto

Thorsen's Plumbing Heat & Air Inc

2310 North Walnut
Turlock

Tom's Smog Center

133 N 6th Ave
Oakdale

Top Rank Heating & Air Conditioning Inc

9100 Elkmont way
Elk Grove

TRI-TEMP INC

1006 LONE PALM AVE
Modesto

UNIVERSAL AIR COND & HEATING

2421 BEATRICE LN
Modesto

Valley Air Conditioning Engineering Inc

1313 Lone Palm Avenue
Modesto

Variety Of Services

5579 Delhart
Sacramento

Vent and Cover

306-7337 137 st

Virginia Mechanical Inc

7553 Carmelo Ave
Tracy

Vlady Air

PO BOX 577955
Modesto

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Warrens Heating & Air

3025 E Palm Ave.
Manteca

West Coast Energy Solutions

3035 Garden Court
Tracy

West Coast Heating & Air Inc

4085 Kalland Ct
Turlock

XPRESS HEATING & AIR

1218 OHIO AVE
Modesto

Yourk Air Conditioning & Heating

1231 8th St #765
Modesto

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