What does it mean to receive a free estimate or quote on heating and cooling equipment replacement?
It means that you should expect a person or a representative from the HVAC Contracting business, offering the free estimate, to come to your home or business and review your existing Heating or Cooling Equipment set-up. take measurements and pictures, ask questions about previous comfort issues or concerns, review duct work condition, review insulation values in the attic and else where, review window condition and age, and perform at least simple load calculation to determine the capacity of the new system, and then and only then offer a detailed free estimate for the cost of the equipment and labor to install it.
The estimate should be detailed with equipment model #’s and energy efficiency rating, include manufacturers website for product features and benefits for comparison, warranty time frames and conditions for equipment, detailed list of accessories and supplies that will be included in the system installation, detailed labor information that will include labor warranty time frames. And a clear and understandable Total Dollar Amount for the entire Heating and Cooling System.
And to be this detailed with the Free Estimate the Contractor or person representing the Contractor should offer to email you a copy or give you a copy in person only after all these steps have been followed.
Buying decisions “Do’s” to keep in mind:
Do not make a rash or hurried decision. This can happen quite often if the summer heat or winter cold is bearing down on your decision and your comfort level. Find ways to overcome the temporary state of being without heat or cooling.
Do ask for a copy of all estimates or contracts, with signatures and specific dates.
Do ask for financing options, every quality contractor will have a source for financing. You may not qualify or like the terms, but at least ask.
Do ask for specific time frames for the installation to be completed.
Do expect your HVAC Contractor to register your Heating and Cooling Equipment warranty. Expect the contractor to forward you a copy of the registration via email or regular mail once the installation is complete.
Do not pay down 50% up front for the system to be installed, if the contractor needs money to buy equipment or supplies, you have the wrong contractor.
Do expect all of this and more when you request a Free Estimate or Quote from A.I.R. Plus. Call or Text us today at 405-618-2247 for a detailed estimate or visit our website at AIROKC.com.
Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems can be used in many applications in your home or business. Ductless HVAC systems are also know as a mini-split systems. Why, because part of the system is mounted or installed indoors and part of the system is installed outdoors. As you may see by the attached pictures, the foot print or space needed for the ductless or mini-split systems is minimal. With the ductless systems the energy efficiency ratings are very high and the noise levels are very low! And in most cases were duct work piping can not be installed, a ductless system can be utilized.
If you are in the need for heating and cooling a bonus room, add-on room, office, shop building, work-out area, sun room or any area that needs to be comfortable consider a ductless mini-split system.
10-year part warranties are available for most models and brands.
Call A.I.R. Plus today at 405-618-2AIR if you would like a free quote or estimate for installing a new ductless system today. Or visist our website at airokc.com for more information.
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!
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
Need a new gas furnace? You may qualify for up to $2500 in rebates through the Oklahoma Natural Gas Energy-Efficiency Program. If you have consider replacing your gas furnace and replacing it with a high efficiency rating this may be a great way to save some money and improve your comfort level during the cold weather.
For more information on the rebate program click on the link below:
Or call A.I.R. Plus as 405-618-2247 or 405-421-5191 for additional information and details.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A customer called A.I.R. Plus for their annual A/C inspection and during the inspection we found this issue – see attached picture. This is a very common issues found inside air handlers and furnaces. This customer had no idea this had happened and would have had to endure the discomfort for the upcoming hot summer. Luckily they called to have their A/C system checked and inspected.
They said it was an investment they are glad they made!
Call 405-618-2AIR today to make your investment! Or go to airokc.com to schedule an appointment on line.