What Is An Air Conditioning Contractor?

What does an air conditioning contractor do, and why should you hire one for your next home improvement project? Whether this is your first home or just your first experience with AC contractors, take a look at what you need to know about these cooling professionals.

What Is An AC Contractor?

This type of contractor is a professional who has extensive knowledge of and experience working with HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems. Unlike general contractors, the AC professional works exclusively with cooling (or heating and cooling) products. This includes any inspections, routine maintenance, repairs, and installation services.

HVAC contractors and technicians must complete a training program that can last anywhere from six months to two years and/or a three to five-year hands-on apprenticeship. The specific amount of training a contractor needs varies by state or local licensing regulations. Along with a state license, many HVAC technicians are also certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to handle and work with refrigerant chemicals.

Why Hire An AC Professional Instead of A General Contractor?

While some general contractors do offer home cooling services, an AC professional works exclusively with home cooling, ventilation, and heating systems. This type of contractor has knowledge that is specific to the AC industry and is able to service or install air conditioners at a level that a general contractor might not.

Why Might You Need To Contact An Air Conditioning Service Contractor?

There isn't one reason to hire an AC professional. The decision to contract a job with a cooling professional depends on your home improvement needs. You may want to call a contractor if:

  • Your air conditioner won't turn on or blows warm air. Failure to work or failure to work correctly are top reasons to hire an AC professional. The contractor can inspect the system, assess damage or wear, and recommend repairs or replacement services.
  • Your air conditioner is old or inefficient. Over time, wear and tear can make it difficult for an air conditioner to effectively or efficiently cool an interior space. If the system is at the end of its lifespan or costs too much to use, a contractor can replace it.
  • You don't have an air conditioner. More specifically, you don't have an air conditioner yet. A cooling contractor can help you to select the best system for your home and expertly install it.
  • Your system requires routine maintenance. This preventative service can help your system work at its peak performance.

You may also need to hire one of these specialized contractors to repair/replace a thermostat, ductwork, or another component of your home's AC system, retrofit an existing system, or inspect a system before you purchase a new home or after extensive home renovations.

Keep these tips in mind when looking for an air conditioning contractor near you.