Phone: (405) 618-2247
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R22 Refrigerant / Freon – what should the installed cost be?

The overall installed cost is a good question! The answer is, it depends!

Every year after 2006 the price has consistently gone up and down. Mostly up!  Without reason at times, but it fluctuates, down for  while, but back up shortly thereafter. The most used reasons are, EPA, demand, production cost, reclamation cost, seasonal demand, etc.  But what is for sure the cost will continue you to go up every year until no one wants or needs it anymore.

Production of R22 totally stops in 2019/2020 and only reclaimed/recycled R22 refrigerant will be available in the future.

So, what is a good, reasonable price? It depends!

Right now I’ve heard $80 a lb. to $175 a lb. We try to stay on the low side of the price range to be fair and we do that by buying the R22 refrigerant in the off season.  $80 a lb. is what A.I.R. charges for R22 installed plus labor, at this time. That will probably go up in the near future as the wholesale price goes up, sorry!

What are your options? Alternative refrigerants like R422, R421A,  M099, NU22, etc. They usually cost half the price installed. But, they drop the capacity of the equipment and lower the overall cooling performance, especially above 90*F and in heat pumps. But, it is an option.

The other option is to change out, buy new cooling equipment. Which can be expensive, but maybe necessary. Why? Because the cost of charging and or repairing the old system may not be cost effective long term. Especially if the leak in the system is not found and repaired.  Thousands of dollars, versus hundreds of dollars sounds better, but long term what will the overall cost be?

It depends! On you, your budget, your long term goals for your home or business, or the going rate for R22 refrigerant installed.

The choice is yours! Just make sure you discuss all your options before you spend a lot of money charging an old system. And please consider repairing the leak before you have it charged.

If you need help with your cooling system, R22 refrigerant prices or with any of your heating and cooling equipment, please call 405-618-2247 or 405-421-5191 and let A.I.R. Plus help you out. We provide free phone quotes on repairs and free on-site quotes or estimates for new equipment.

 

 

Replace or repair? Does your heating and cooling equipment need to be replaced? Or can it be repaired?

Hello Homeowner or Business owner,

What do you do if an air-conditioning contractor tells you that you need a new piece of heating and cooling equipment?  Ask for proof? Agree immediately? Prepare to borrow money? Freak out! Become depressed! Or do you take control!

What I mean by take control is for you to give thought to a second opinion, most HVAC – Heating and Cooling contractors will give you a free second opinion or at least a free estimate to replace and or repair the equipment. So do your homework, gather as much information as you can before making a final decision. And whatever you do, do not make a decision based on the fact you do not have heating and cooling immediately, unless you need heating and cooling immediately!

Immediately means, you have health care issues for elderly individuals or young children that have no place to go, potential frozen sprinkler systems and or water pipes present that will do great damage,  or you run a business with employees or customers that depend on the heating and cooling to be in place – or you lose money! But, you ultimately define immediate need. (A.I.R. supplies temporary cooling and heating in these severe needs, if possible, at no cost to you.)

A hotel room that cost $80 to $120 a night can save you thousands if you take a deep breath and do some research. Get 2 to 3 estimates before you make a final decision. Look at financing options as well, most HVAC contractors will have financing available, but it might not be the financing you can afford. Shop around, terms and interest rates, early payoff penalties and overall cost should be looked at in depth, just don’t take the first financing offer you are presented with.

As for repairs, call around, ask the contractors or their sales people if they give free second opinions. If you already have the problem diagnosed, then do some price checking. You might be surprised at the varied cost with some the heating and cooling contractors in your area. Repairing your heating and cooling equipment might be the right thing to do, however, it might be throwing money away on a piece of equipment that is worn out and used up. $300 today, $500 in the fall, $600 next summer, the investment in repairs may be a bad one. But, you must make the final decision, do not allow your contractor to make the decision. 

So if you need AIR, Call 406-618-2AIR for a free estimate or second opinion on replacing or repairing your heating and cooling equipment. Let us save you some money and protect your comfort!

 

 

 

 

We service all makes and brands! What does that really mean?

Any HVAC contractor can typically service and or repair any brand of heating and cooling equipment you have. The parts are normally available from a local equipment wholesale distributor. There are some restrictions and or warranty issues that can come up however.

For example you may have to contact the contractor that installed the HVAC equipment if it is still under a labor warranty, you would want that contractor to honor your labor warranty and parts warranty at no cost to you.  Or there may be a restriction on the warranty claim for parts, the contractor that installed the equipment may be the one obligated to file the warranty on your behalf.

Another example would be that the heating and cooling equipment may have been purchased online from a distributor from another state. The equipment may still be under a parts warranty, but the parts must be shipped in from that distributor, which could take days if not weeks to receive the part and have it installed. In this case you would be out the labor cost only and maybe shipping and handling fees.

Typically however,  you would be able to contact most HVAC Contractors and they can service your heating and cooling equipment with no problems. Just be sure to ask up front when you call for service if they can service the brand you have.

A.I.R. Plus can service and repair most brands, Trane, Ruud, Rheem, Lennox, Carrier, Coleman, Evcon, Goodman, GMC, Bryant, Heil, American Standard, Payne, York, Ameristar, Aireflo, Comfort Maker, GMC, Westinghouse, Armstrong just to name a few.

So remember! If You Need Air, Call 405-618-2AIR

 

What brand name product do you have?

How much should an A/C, Heating or Air Conditioner Service Call Cost?

At A.I.R. Plus we charge only a Service Call Fee for quick repairs. What is a quick repair? Any repair that takes less than an hour to complete. 

So let’s say you call us for service. We arrive at your home and diagnose the problems as just a faulty capacitor on the blower motor inside the furnace. We would get your approval for the repair and quote you the cost for Service Call Fee and the part.

We would not charge you a service call fee and a labor fee. Just one price for the service and the part. 

If the repair would take longer than an hour to complete. We would only charge labor cost AFTER THE FIRST HOUR OF ACTUAL LABOR PERFROMED FOR THE REPAIR.

So don’t get caught by the double charges and misleading tactics of some of the HVAC business out there. Ask upfront how much the service call is and what it includes.

For comfortable air call A.I.R. Plus today at 40-618-2247 or 405-421-5191 for immediate service on your air conditioning, heating or cooling system.

A/C or Air Conditioner Leak! What kind of damage can it cause?

 

 

Look closely and you can see the hole on the bottom left hand side of the picture. This A/C leak destroyed flooring and trim in home. The home owner had to have the evaporator coil replaced to stop the leaking water into the hall way  of their home.

 

 

 

Electrical shorts were caused by this A/C drain not being properly maintained. Luckily the home owner was home when the short occurred and shut the A/C unit off at the electrical breaker. Otherwise it could have caused a serious and hazardous fire!

 

Mold Alert!

Look at the mold growth on this air handler in the attic. The mold from the backed up drain was so bad it was growing on the outside of the A/C equipment! This mold contaminated air is being introduced to their home and lungs! Please do not let a drain issue persist, it can cause serious damage and cost many of dollars to repair after the fact. Call A.I.R. Plus today if you need help with an A/C drain issue at 405-618-21247 or 405-421-5191 or go to or website at airokc.com to schedule an appointment online.

How much does a new A/C or Air Conditioner cost?

The cost for a new a/c unit or system can be very complex. In fact there is not a simple straight forward answer without some detailed information gathered at your home or business.

For example: You have may have a 5-year old complete heating and cooling system and it just went out of  factory part warranty coverage and your indoor equipment (furnace and evaporator coil) are in good shape and have more life in them. You may not need to purchase the entire system, just the outdoor a/c condensing unit is all you need.  Especially if it operates on the newer 410A refrigerant. So all you need is an estimate for the outdoor equipment and this may save you thousands of dollars in replacement cost.

Another example: You have a 11 year old complete system, operating on R22 refrigerant (R22 is the old refrigerant that is being deleted by the year 2020) and you find out you have a leak in the evaporator coil and the compressor is weak on the outdoor unit when it runs! But the system is a heat pump system set-up on dual fuel (gas furnace inside instead of an air handler) and the furnace has hardly been used because the heat pump has been used for all the heating for your home or business. The furnace may be of value for another 10-years if it is in good shape, which means you may only need to replace the evaporator coil and the outdoor unit -heat pump.

Last example, but here are many I could use: You have a 20-year old complete heating and cooling system and you have had a major failure with the outdoor condensing unit, the compressor has failed and needs to be replaced. The evaporator coil holds a charge but it looks like it is about to fail any minute and the air handler looks like it has been standing in water with all the rust you can see from the outside and inside! It’s time! Time to replace all the equipment and get a new 10-year factory part warranty on a new complete system – indoor and outdoor equipment.

Free Estimates, Free 2nd Opinions are a premium service that most HVAC – Heating and Cooling Contractors offer. If they don’t offer free on site estimates, then you need to keep calling until you find contractors that will give you free estimates and 2nd opinions. Get as many estimates as you can, this will give you some additional insight to all the options you may have. One contractor may see some other option the other did not. And always be wary of the contractor pushing for quick buying decision – quick sale!   

A.I.R. Plus offers free estimates and 2nd opinions for major repairs or replacement. Call 405-618-2AIR (2247) or Call 405-421-5191 today to set-up an appointment. Or go to our website airokc.com and click on Free Estimate.

 

 

 


Free Estimates for Air Conditioner, Gas Furnace or Heat Pump Systems

Do you need a new Heating and Cooling System? If so make sure you receive multiple free estimates from all the contractors you contact. And if the contractor or technician try’s to charge you for the estimate, you have the wrong contractor to do the job!

At A.I.R. we provide free detailed estimates for equipment replacement and for major repairs. All of our estimates will provide you with model numbers, manufacturer information, warranty information and financing information. And we always thank you for the opportunity to estimate the job and earn your business!

Call 405-618-2247 or 405-421-5191 free your free estimate today!  

 

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My Gas Furnace Heat Exchanger is bad! What is a gas furnace heat exchanger?

Natural Gas and Propane Furnaces in Oklahoma have a heat exchanger. “A furnace heat exchanger is a set of tubes or coils that are looped repeatedly through the air flow inside your furnace for the purpose of heating the air.  The furnace heat exchanger is the part of your furnace that actually heats the air!”

If you have a HVAC technician and or a HVAC Contractor tell you “You have a bad heat exchanger”  have them provide proof or least try to provide proof before you spend the money for a new furnace.  The attached picture is of a heat exchanger that has developed a hole. A hole in the heat exchanger allows fuel combusted air to enter the heated air and this is not good. Why? Because it could contain carbon monoxide. The typical sources of CO or Carbon Monoxide in homes are malfunctioning gas furnaces, gas stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers, and even improperly vented fireplaces.  Making matters worse, many of today’s energy-efficient homes minimize outside air exchange and cross-ventilation, giving CO no chance to exit once it enters the home.

So please have your furnace inspected or checked once a year by a licensed HVAC professional to keep your home or business safe. 

For a Free 2nd Opinion on the condition of your furnace heat exchanger or to schedule a 26-point gas/propane furnace inspection/check-up call 405-618-2247 today. (Especially if your gas or propane furnace is over 10 years old.)

Knowing your family is safe is comforting! The Knowing is what A.I.R. provides! 

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We encourage our customers to review our business practices and ethics. Good or Bad! Why? Because we want to learn from every interaction with our customers.

We ask ourselves. What can we do better? What do we need to keep doing that is effective and good for the customer? Is there an business issue that needs to be addressed now or in the future? Do we add value to our customers trust every time we make a promise? How can we be an asset to our customers now and in the future?

But, most importantly, do we behave and interact with others in a way that would give praise and glory to God? We do not ever want to misrepresent ourselves to others in any way. If we make a mistake we want to make it right! We do not want to make a promise and not keep it, if we can not keep the promise how did we fail? Humbly we must ask ourselves all the questions needed to be better at what we do!

So please, feel free to give us your feedback. Use the links below or call us directly at 405-618-2247 or email me at gcollins@airokc.com and I will respond immediately.

Thank You  for the reviews in the past and in advance for all the reviews in the future. They are greatly appreciated!  

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Natural Gas or Propane Furnace – Safety Check-ups and Performance Inspections!

Natural Gas or Propane Furnace Carbon Monoxide Poison! How dangerous is it? 

Read the following from Oklahoma Natural Gas Co.

About Carbon Monoxide

Natural gas is safe, clean and reliable. When appliances are installed properly and operating efficiently, natural gas burns cleanly, with little residue. However, if your natural gas appliance produces a yellow flame instead of a blue flame, it is not operating efficiently or is not vented properly. Carbon monoxide can be produced under these conditions.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is poisonous. CO is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can make you sick or, under some circumstances, cause death. Carbon monoxide occurs when fuel does not burn completely. To avoid CO hazards, make sure your appliances are properly installed, cleaned, maintained and vented.

The sources of carbon monoxide can include improperly vented cooking and water heating appliances, auto exhaust, blocked chimney flues and malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances.

Indications that carbon monoxide may be present in your home or building include the following:

  • Black soot on or near registers, flues, furnace filters, burners or appliance access openings;
  • Condensation on windows or interior walls (condensation on widows can also be caused by humidifiers or vaporizers);
  • A yellow flame (instead of a blue flame) on appliance burners;
  • Recent death of a pet, unexplained illness or dead or dying houseplants;
  • Absence of draft in your chimney.


Look for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Always be alert to the possibility of exposure to carbon monoxide. Learn to recognize the following symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Initially, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause flu-like symptoms, including headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, fatigue, increased perspiration, nausea, weakness and vomiting.
  • As carbon monoxide levels increase, symptoms may become more severe and include shortness of breath, extreme muscular weakness, intermittent convulsions, mental confusion and unconsciousness.
  • Severe poisoning can cause such symptoms as change in skin color to pink, lips and mucous membranes change in color to cherry red, and heart and lung failure.


What to do if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning: 

  • Immediately leave the building. Call 911 from a neighbor’s phone or call your local fire or police department. Or call Oklahoma Natural Gas at 1-800-458-4251.
  • Do not re-enter the building until it has been determined safe by emergency response personnel.
  • Immediately seek medical assistance for any symptoms, even those you think are minor.


Prevention Tips

  • Make certain your appliances are operating properly, no matter what type of fuel you use.
  • Check and maintain proper ventilation of the flue and chimney.
  • Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor inspect your gas furnace annually.
  • If you see a yellow furnace flame instead of a blue one, it’s a warning sign that your appliance is not operating properly. Call a qualified heating and cooling contractor to inspect your furnace immediately.
  • Clean or replace heating system air filters regularly.
  • Do not block air intake areas near or around appliances.
  • Do not use a natural gas range or space heater to heat your home.
  • Do not start your car, lawn mower, snow blower or any combustion engine in a closed garage.
  • Do not operate your grill inside an enclosed area.


Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors can alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide. If you install a detector, follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding installation.

DO NOT place a detector in any of the following locations:

  • Places where the temperature may drop below 40 degrees F
  • Near paint or paint thinner fumes
  • In the kitchen or within five feet of open flames from appliances
  • Near vents, flues or chimneys

Know the sound your detector makes when it goes off. Be able to tell the difference between your carbon monoxide detector and your smoke detector.

 

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Call (405)618-2AIR (2247) or (405)421-5191 today to schedule a Gas or Propane 26-point  Furnace today. Free Carbon Monoxide test are performed on all inspections.  Or go to https://airokc.com today to schedule an appointment online.

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