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Old 09-20-2011, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Vegas, baby, Vegas!
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Question Air Conditioning Specialist

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My A/C Unit is old, 20+ years and I know I will need to replace it, but I am having a heck of a time finding a A/C contractor that is reputable.

I used angies list, and Service First was rated pretty high, But I found the service to be lacking (took them 3 weeks to fix a problem) and the sales guy to be 'sleezy' (quoted me $8000+ for a system, that should have been $5000) and his "6 months same as cash, was absolute BS

Has ANYONE used any of the companies in the above list, and can recommend one?

Thanks!

Jonathan
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR / Las Vegas, NV
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I haven't used any of those. I did have good luck with Comfort Masters. Home

When I bought my condo the air didn't cool. Paul came out and found it was low on refridgerant and he charged the system up for me. This was in march. When I came back in June (it was 110*) it wasn't cooling again. I called him and he came right out. It was low again but he filled it again to get me through my trip. When I came back again he came out and found a small leak inside the wall. He credited me for the previous charges toward the repair. YMMV.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I think Angie's list should be free.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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I see you're trying to take advantage of that NVenergy rebate program It makes sense to save some money on a new AC unit with the rebate. Not sure about the installers on the list though, decisions decisions.
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Louisville/Vegas
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Check out Airria Climate Systems. 702-328-3002. They installed my neighbor's and were up front about pricing. He got a 3 ton A/C split system 13 SEER for around $4300 - that included everything. If all you need is a condenser, they can save you a lot on it. But you need to call around. I replaced a condenser only - recently in another state and had quotes from $5000 down to $1495 (the one I accepted). But they don't make it easy and always charge to come out and look at the thing.

Good Luck,
Croce
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Originally Posted by macgeek View Post
CheckMe Plus Find a Contractor

My A/C Unit is old, 20+ years and I know I will need to replace it, but I am having a heck of a time finding a A/C contractor that is reputable.

I used angies list, and Service First was rated pretty high, But I found the service to be lacking (took them 3 weeks to fix a problem) and the sales guy to be 'sleezy' (quoted me $8000+ for a system, that should have been $5000) and his "6 months same as cash, was absolute BS

Has ANYONE used any of the companies in the above list, and can recommend one?

Thanks!

Jonathan
Try Spot on air conditioning. They are part of a reputable commercial company that has been around for years.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Do you have a packaged roof top unit, or a split system?
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Vegas, baby, Vegas!
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Do you have a packaged roof top unit, or a split system?
Gas Package on the roof
(sounds like a Jewish musical)

Jonathan
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Gas Package on the roof
(sounds like a Jewish musical)

Jonathan
I sent you a PM
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:40 PM
 
Location: location, location...
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Last winter my Carrier 48SS would fault out and it would take a circuit breaker reset to fire the furnace up. Twice a night. It's 15 years old and there is no way I could see buying a new unit...especially since I've got an electronics background etc...I can do this I thought. And I did.

To make this tale short (I've got enough pictures, links and forum advice to go on and on) and useful to those if so talented and inclined, here's Arnolds Service Company Incorporated Home Page (http://tinyurl.com/4y8brss - broken link) the best place I found to buy parts (with Paypal or Amazon checkout!) for most units and I looked at MANY. The outstanding feature they offer is straightforward troubleshooting guides to isolate the various issues that can come up with HVAC. They cover a lot of units, no kidding.

The Carrier folks wanted hundreds of dollars for the part I'd already determined to be bad; I picked it up for $109 including two day delivery. It's worked ever since. While I was up there I cleaned, insulated and lubed the unit with the care of an owner who actually does. You would not believe the mess other techs had made on other calls. Screws missing, twist nuts loose, grounding issue etc, etc. Pictures provided upon request...:-)

Forget processing orders on Sunday's, they're closed...but they will process your order ASAP Monday morning...no fear!!!
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