Frequently Asked Questions
When Should I Consider Replacing My AC?
At this elevation, the average life expectancy of air conditioners are around 18 - 20 years. But we have seen some well-maintained air conditioners last even longer!
We do not suggest customers replace an operating unit, except for the following instances:
If a repair cannot help the unit be operable again.
If a refrigerant leak occurs in an R-22 system and the unit cannot be fixed with a repair
The AC is in need of a major repair, such as a compressor, fan motor, or circuit board
If you want to lower your utility bills due to a low efficiency unit
What is the Average Cost for an AC Install?
Depending on the size of your home, the efficiency and brand of the desired unit, and the location of your furnace, the approximate cost for an AC install is between $5,000 to $8,000 for most homes. This out-the-door price includes all supplies, labor, taxes, permits, the licensed electrician, and inspection. We have upfront pricing and no hidden fees.
Do I Have to Replace my Existing Furnace to Install a New AC?
If your existing furnace was manufactured in the last 20 years, it should be equipped to operate with a new air conditioner. Although both share the same blower motor and ductwork, the heating and cooling systems are not dependent on each other.
What Brands Do You Offer?
We are an authorized Trane, Rheem, and Goodman dealer.
How Long Does an Install Take?
Most residential air conditioner installs can be completed in one day.
How Soon Can You Install?
Depending on the demand, we can generally install within 1 to 2 weeks.
Do You Have to Pour a Concrete Pad?
No, we provide the best condenser pad available: The UltraLite® pad. This durable pad is concrete applied over a hard foam core that is positioned on top of the leveled ground.
What Payment Method Do You Accept?
We accept cash, check, Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover. We also offer payment plans.
Do You Offer Financing?
We offer financing through Wisetack and M-Lend Financial. There is no cost to apply, and there are no pre-payment penalties. You may learn more here.
How Quiet Are the Air Condensing Units?
The Trane units are very quiet due to innovations in their compressor and fan designs. They operate between 71-75 dB. The Goodman units are also quiet as technology and their designs continue to improve. They operate between 73-76 dB.
What is a SEER?
Air conditioners are rated by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating).
For every increase of 3 SEER, you save about 20% on utilities. The current SEER rating for new air conditioners begins at 13 and goes over 20 SEER.
To illustrate, let us say an electric bill for an existing 10 SEER air conditioner is $50 per month. The same electric bill with a 13 SEER air conditioner would be about $40, and a 16 SEER would be about $30.
Which SEER Should I Choose?
If you plan to be in your home for 10 years or longer, a 16 SEER high efficiency air conditioner will save you money over the life of your unit. However, if you only plan to be in the house for a few years, a standard 13 SEER or 14 SEER unit should be sufficient, and they have a lower up-front cost.
What is Energy Star?
ENERGY STAR products are the same or better than standard products, only they use less energy. To earn the ENERGY STAR rating, air conditioners must be 16 SEER or higher.