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SINCE 1975

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

REPAIR • SERVICE • INSTALLATION • REPLACEMENT

SERVING HOUSTON & SURROUNDING AREAS

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Selecting a Reputable HVAC Contractor

INSURANCE AND LIABILITY

When considering an HVAC contractor, ask to see documentation that they carry general liability insurance to protect your property as well as workers compensation insurance on their employees. The State of Texas does not require employers to carry workers compensation insurance. Lack of adequate insurance could be a major problem for you if someone is injured on your property. An air conditioning contractor should always have these types of insurance and this will save you from a claim against your homeowner’s policy in case of an accident.

CHECK LICENSE

Choosing an HVAC contractor should include checking with the TDLR. Be sure that the HVAC contractor’s license is current and check if the TDLR has a history of disciplinary actions or complaints published on their website at http://www.license.state.tx.us.

Another source for finding a competent HVAC contractor is the local permits office for your municipality. The municipal inspectors know the HVAC contractors who do good work from the HVAC contractors who do poor work.

STANDARD PROCEDURES

Once you identify and contact several HVAC contractors, set up an appointment with each of them to visit your home. You should not be charged for this initial appointment. During the meeting the contractor should inspect your existing air conditioner and collect a wide range of information about your home: how many windows and type, which directions they face, and R-value of the insulation. The contractor uses all of this information to calculate the heat load to verify that the existing equipment is correctly sized and proposed equipment is also correctly sized. You should receive a written estimate from each contractor. If one contractor submits a bid that is dramatically different from the other bids ask the contractor to explain the difference. Some HVAC contractors represent only one line equipment and using these contractors has advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side the contractor has probably gone through specialized training offered by the manufacturer. Should there be any problems with equipment performance you may have additional leverage because you may be able to involve the manufacturer. If you get estimates from contractors that sell other brands, Make sure they are recommending equivalent equipment.

Good HVAC Contractors are Hard to Find
Good HVAC Contractors are Hard to Find

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SYSTEMS WE SELL & SERVICE

We service and repair all makes and models of air conditioning and heating systems for private residential, light commercial, and new construction in the greater Houston, TX area. Listed below are the most common types of air conditioning and heating related equipment and systems for which we have experience and recommend in the right situations.

Air Conditioners

With an energy efficient A/C unit, you’ll enjoy complete comfort on the hottest days of the year and lower your cooling costs at the same time.

Air Handlers

An air handler is a device used to condition and circulate air as part of a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system.

Dehumidifiers

Your air conditioning system is designed to control temperature, not humidity, and only removes humidity as a byproduct of cooling.

Evaporator Coils

The evaporator coil is where the actual cooling takes place as the heat in the air is absorbed by the refrigerant in the coils.

Furnaces

A furnace works to keep a home warm in the winter and plays a critical part in the operation of an air conditioning and heating system.

Heat Pumps

A central heat pump helps maintain comfortable temperatures inside your home and reduces humidity levels year-round.

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