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Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Delaware, OH

Looking for HVAC services in Delaware, OH? Start here to see what you need to know for comfort and confidence in your decision.

Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Delaware, OH

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Scott Merritt


November 22nd, 2022

You might go to the grocery store once per week, but you may only have to choose an HVAC company 2-3 times in your entire life.

This makes the decision important, not just of which heating and cooling contractor you choose, but also which HVAC equipment and options you decide to put in your home.

The difference in these options can be a difference between comfortable vs. uncomfortable, and cost or save you thousands of dollars over the life of your system. It can also mean breathable air and awesome indoor air quality, or issues with allergies and illness that a good service contractor can help to prevent.

It also relates to how you want to enjoy your heating and air conditioning. Do you have smart home technology and want your furnace or air conditioner to hook into that? Do you suffer from allergies or during flu season? What does that mean for the types of accessories you choose, like thermostat or furnace filter?

For these big decisions, it helps to be informed. Fire & Ice Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving Delaware, OH for decades, and we've serviced 100s of residential homes in the area.

And let's be clear, there are other good companies doing good work. We challenge our customers to put our HVAC services to the test, but we won't pretend that we're the right fit for everyone.

To that end, this article will cover every major thing you'll need to know in order to feel confident in your search for a heating and cooling contractor.

Don't be intimidated by heating and cooling! And start that journey by reading this article and forming questions and next steps.

HVAC Installation and Repair Options in Delaware, OH

When an HVAC technician comes out to your home, finding the right solution to your issues should be their only concern. Additionally, your needs and budget should be considered, which is what makes the process unique for each homeowner.

On the most basic level, your heating and cooling equipment - some combination of air conditioner, heat pump and furnace - is what should command most of the attention.

But options exist within each one of those types of equipment, and additional comfort-enhancing products can help you with more specific problems. Below is a short list of considerations to help jump-start your conversation with an HVAC technician, sales or customer service professional.

Staging of Your Equipment

Single-stage, two-stage or variable-speed (sometimes called modulating) equipment can help solve different problems. The more stages equipment has, the more it will cost. But conversely, the more efficient it will be and the more comfortable you'll be even in the hard-to-reach corners of your home.

Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers and Air Purifier Products

Air conditioners alone sometimes struggle to cool your home. Why? Humidity, which can leak through windows and insulation, especially in the most humid months. Whole-home dehumidifiers are often the difference between summer-long comfort and muggy, uncomfortable months, particularly in upstairs rooms where you may sleep.

Whole-home humidifiers can similarly enhance the heating service in your home in the dry winter months. They can be worth their weight in gold if you spend a lot of time in your home.

Lastly, if you suffer from allergies or your kids seem to bring home the flu every year, a ducted air purifier can be an amazing addition.

Worried about cost? Don't be. Each of these is optional, and can be added on to most systems after installation, so you can choose when you're ready to include them in your home.

Best Companies for HVAC Services in Delaware, OH

From the outside, one HVAC contractor probably looks like any other. And on the surface, that's true. Any reputable heating and cooling group will have a license for doing work in the state and county you're in, and they'll offer replacement, repair and tune-up services for one or more brands of heating and cooling equipment. Some will even offer plumbing services or can do water heater work.

As we know from driving, though, having a license isn't the only thing required to be good at what you do. So what else should you be looking for?

  • No-pressure sales. If you're given a deadline for a decision, it's a sales tactic, not something with your best interests in mind.
  • Emergency service. You need someone you can count on when things go wrong.
  • Parts & labor warranties that are consistent with industry benchmarks. With qualified installers, these warranties are often 10 years or more.
  • Full-service options including duct cleaning, ductwork repair or modification, and the ability to work with outside contractors (for licensed plumbing or electrical services that require someone other than an HVAC contractor).
  • Ongoing training for all field staff. HVAC moves fast, and your HVAC service needs to move with it. Fire & Ice has 200+ hours of ongoing training each year for its technicians, to keep up with new trends.

Contractor Requirements in Delaware, OH

To legally provide heating services and air conditioning service in Delaware, OH, you need to be licensed. What does a license entail?

There are certain requirements such as being 18 years of age, carrying $500K in liability insurance, and passing minimum examinations for maintaining, repairing or installing an HVAC system.

The important thing to know with this is that it's a legal requirement in the state of Ohio to be licensed in order to do business in Delaware, OH or the surrounding area.

All HVAC contractors should have their license number, and you should feel comfortable asking for it. Surprisingly, and unfortunately, not everyone who works on HVAC or refrigeration equipment is licensed, and they count on unsuspecting customers to continue to do business.

Furnace Repair & Maintenance: Diagnostics and Procedures

A typical maintenance visit for a furnace tune-up lasts between 1-2 hours and will usually cost you between $100-$200 dollars. These variables depend on how many items are being tuned up. Just your AC/heat pump or furnace? Or both?

Maintenance is important for a couple very important reasons:

  • Your system will not operate efficiently otherwise
  • Manufacturer warranties, the ones that protect you from many costly repairs, are only valid with confirmed yearly maintenance from a licensed cooling and heating expert.

Furnace repair is another matter, because repairs can be quick fixes that take under an hour and cost $50-$100. Or they could mean ordering special parts and repairs costing in the thousands.

For more on the most common types of repairs we see, check out our comprehensive article on the costs of furnace repair.

RELATED: How Much Does Furnace Repair Cost?

Air Conditioner Repair & Maintenance

Much the same is true of air conditioning repair that we listed above for furnaces. Regular maintenance is required to maintain manufacturer warranties and ensure the health and efficiency of your system.

If you're in need of air conditioner repair, identifying the exact issues affecting your AC equipment will be required. At Fire & Ice, we charge a diagnostic fee for this, because it requires a lot of time, sophisticated equipment and training to properly diagnose what's wrong with your system.

Typical diagnostic fees for HVAC contractors run between $100-$200. The good news is, a thorough diagnostic, much like with car service, can uncover exactly how to get your equipment back to optimal performance.

Service for ALL of your equipment is vitally important to make sure you aren't losing money or comfort. Don't skip this important step in the life of your heating system and air conditioning equipment.

Reliable, Quality HVAC Services in Delaware, OH

Air conditioning and heating services can be intimidating. You have AC installation and replacement, furnace installation and replacement, heat pump installation and replacement, repair and diagnostic services, tune-ups, accessories, humidity-controlling products, thermostats, electrical work, plumbing, and special offer coupons and deals flooding your inbox, phone and other media channels.

It's a lot. We get it. Which is why when you're looking for Delaware HVAC services, the best approach is to educate yourself, then sit down and have a conversation with a trusted professional who isn't going to hurry you into a decision.

We have the expertise and experience to figure out the best fit for you. We even have some of those offers, deals and specials that you hear about. But more importantly, we take the care necessary at various points in the process to make sure you get the best service for your money. Not just when you install your equipment, but for as long as you own your home and need HVAC services.

The comfort of your home matters. It's where you and your family spend most of your life!

Let Fire & Ice Heating and Air Conditioning help.

Schedule a Quote or Service Request Today

If you've made it this far, you're clearly in the market for Delaware HVAC services, and you're looking for top-quality Delaware HVAC companies with five-star heating and cooling services.

You're in the right place.

If you're not yet convinced, that's ok! We want the chance to earn your business, and we understand that a good, Master HVACR company needs to build trust over time.

To that end, we have two recommendations. One, learn more about residential heating and cooling systems on our comprehensive learning center.

LEARN MORE at the HVAC Learning Center

Second, fill out the form below to see if you're in our service area, or give us a call and schedule your free, no-obligation appointment for an estimate.

You'll speak to one of our customer service reps, who will learn about your home and schedule an appointment, and our trained staff of HVAC professionals will walk you through all of your options for home comfort.

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