Fort Worth Air Conditioning and Heating: Service, Repair, and Equipment Contractors
This local page provides resources and information about A/C and heating service, repair, maintenance, and installation in Fort Worth Texas. Dallas and Arlington have separate pages on this site also. The information here includes featured HVAC contractors plus a link to our free, handy printable grid to compare bids and price quotes. You will also find sources of energy efficiency and equipment rebates, the ratio of hours of cooling and heating needed each year, and much more.
About HVAC contractors
The contractor you choose will make a big impact on your satisfaction and purchase of a new air conditioning and heating system. Why? They determine the size and type of equipment for your situation and they control the quality of the installation. If you have not yet seen them, in the top navigation menu on this page you will find quick tips and expanded topics on two essential topics: how to select the right HVAC contractor and how to buy a new heating and cooling system.
Most air conditioning and heating contractors stock and install a limited number of equipment brands. Some independent contractors will order and install any brand of new equipment you prefer to buy. Most of the DFW area service companies will perform repair and maintenance on all brands of central heaters, furnaces and air conditioners.
In addition to heating and cooling for indoor comfort and energy savings, many HVAC companies perform air quality work such as air filters, dehumidifiers and humidifiers, ventilation and prevention of toxic carbon monoxide gas from your furnace. However, not all HVAC companies perform energy efficiency improvements to houses or buildings. If the service company you select does not perform conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Ft. Worth area company who does.
How to compare air conditioning and heating equipment price quotes
Air conditioning and heating systems are made of components or units, and these can be interchanged to yield many possible combinations of performance and efficiency. Additionally, based on the particular situation in your home or building, these components must be chosen and installed to accommodate them. For these reasons, comparing proposals, features, and prices can be more than confusing.
To help you sort through your options, use our free and printer-friendly cost comparison organizer found in the navigation on the top of this page. If you get multiple price quotes, it will save you a lot of time and headaches. This grid allows you to compare the essential features from contractor bids including: main components; equipment efficiency in SEER and AFUE; manufacturer’s and installer’s warranties; and equipment brand.
How the Fort Worth climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the DFW area lies in cooling zone 4 and heating zone 4. These require approximately 1986 cooling hours and 2105 heating degree-days per year. As a general and relative guide, the average Ft. Worth home would need 1.1 times more heating than air conditioning over a calendar year. Differences in elevation or other topographical or climatic influences can cause microclimates, so be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from your heating and air conditioning contractor.
Although the climate in north Texas brings extremes regularly, it also allows for quite a few days in the spring and autumn in which home heating and cooling may not be necessary. However, on these same days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a huge difference in your comfort while indoors.
Pollen, allergies and the need for air filters In Ft. Worth
The pollen from certain north Texas plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Depending on the season, these include oak, ash, maple, ragweed, wildflower pollen and more. A daily pollen count and forecast for Fort Worth can be found here.
Local utility and conservation providers
The availability of natural gas can determine which HVAC equipment will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is available in most Ft. Worth and Arlington neighborhoods, many consumers have chosen gas central furnaces rather than heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this trend might change. In situations where a heat pump makes the best choice, some of the factors that affect air source heat pumps include the average daily temperature, fluctuations in temperature, and humidity.
In the DFW area, we have yet to locate any utility companies that offer conservation and rebate programs for improvements to existing homes. We found two websites with lists of conservation programs for new homes: The DSIRE database and Texas New Mexico Power Company in Fort Worth. If there are any we have missed, the Ft. Worth HVAC contractors should be able to tell you about or coordinate any available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to local rebates and incentives.
How a whole house approach includes the “envelope” in the load calculation
If you plan to get price quotes to buy a new A/C and heating system, look for contractors who will insert the heating and cooling demands of the mercurial north Texas climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into a complex, but critical load calculation. For many reasons, a rule of thumb load calculation based only on square footage or using the same size system as the old one without verification should be avoided. This calculation requires considerable expertise or software and interpretation.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Ft. Worth/Arlington area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Ft. Worth/Arlington area, such as programs or courses to get a Texas HVAC license, here are some local and regional links:
Tarrant County College
5301 Campus Dr
Ft Worth, TX 76119-5998
Phone: (817) 515-4514
P O Box 1899
Johnson County Campus
Cleburne, TX 76033-0000
Phone: (817) 641-9888
Texas Chapter of ACCA: State branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Assn. of America
Ft. Worth ASHRAE Chapter: Acronym for American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory: Research on HVAC and energy conservation.