A large portion of the home budget goes to pay the mortgage and the utilities. The HVAC system accounts for a considerable part of those utilities. Since buying a new AC unit off-season is recommended, let’s discuss what you should ask AC installation companies in San Diego as you shop around for estimates.
It’s worth your time and money to make an informed shortlist of AC installation companies in San Diego. It’s important that you find a company that will evaluate your needs accurately, carry out the project as agreed and install the system properly, so that you can enjoy the system’s full potential.
Apart from asking your friends and relatives for recommendations and checking online reviews, you should also ask the prospective company the following questions.
What size AC do I need?
If you shop around for estimates, you’ll notice that different AC installation companies in San Diego will assess your needs differently. For this reason, you should also follow-up with: How did you determine that? Knowing the factors that a company considers to evaluate your needs will give you an idea of how thorough and serious they are. You could also ask why they take/don’t take certain factors into consideration. Remember that getting an oversized AC doesn’t translate into more efficiency or comfort.
What guarantees do you offer?
Do you offer any guarantee for the workmanship? Is there a service contract included? What’s the warranty period for the unit?
Do I have to replace the ductwork as well?
It’s generally advisable that you replace the ductwork with the new system, for several reasons. First, the capacity of the ductwork should match the capacity and specifications of the system. If you buy a more efficient unit, but leave the old ductwork, you will probably have problems with airflow. Secondly, the older the ductwork, the higher the likelihood of cracks and leaks.
Are you bonded and insured?
Ask the company to provide proof of this if possible.
Are there any new technologies that I should think about?
Should you give ductless units a thought? What about inverters or remote-operated thermostats?
Is the new unit energy-efficient?
We have explained different energy-efficiency ratings and what they mean for you. You will want to know the SEER rating of the unit the company is proposing and how that affects your comfort and home budget.
What brands do you work with?
Ask the company about their brand preferences and why they love those brands.
Are there any incentives or financing options available?
Ask the company if you qualify for any home energy efficiency programs, like the HERO program. Do they offer any financing options?
Who handles the administration and permits from the local authorities?
It would save you a lot of effort if the installation company does this part of work too.
What’s the installation timeline?
How long will the project take, start to finish? Will you remove the old unit? Do you do the clean-up after you complete the project?
Reach out to Action AC when browsing AC installation companies in San Diego
We hope we helped you with this list of questions. Action AC, Heating & Solar is always at your service, always aiming to provide you highest-quality workmanship and products at the most reasonable rates in the industry. We have been market leaders since 1975 and are committed to many more years of excellence. Check out our online reviews and industry awards. Call us!