Phoenix 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 installers in the Phoenix, Arizona areas. Also covered are Glendale and Sun City West. Although there is some overlap, due to the large population and demand, Mesa has a separate page. The information here includes selected HVAC contractors plus a link to our free, handy printable grid to compare price quotes. You will also find sources of energy efficiency and equipment rebates, the ratio of hours of cooling and heating needed yearly, and heating and AC schools.
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.
Because of relationships with their equipment distributors or ownership by a manufacturer, some air conditioning and heating contractors install a limited number of equipment brands. Many independents have a brand they prefer or for which they are dealers, but will order and install any brand of new equipment you prefer to buy. However, most all the contractors mentioned will perform repair and maintenance on any brand of central heater, furnace and air conditioner.
In addition to heating and cooling for indoor comfort and energy savings, an increasing number of 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 of these perform energy efficiency improvements to houses or buildings, such as the addition of solar screens or radiant barriers. If the service company you select does not perform conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Phoenix area company that 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 mixed/matched to make 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 Phoenix climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, Maricopa County is in cooling zone 4 and heating zone 4. These require approximately 1986 cooling hours and 2105 heating degree-days per year. As a relative guide, the heating and cooling needs of the average home are evenly divided–needing about 1.1 times as much heating than air conditioning over a calendar year. Keep in mind that Phoenix is located near the border of two zones. Differences in elevation or other topographical features can cause microclimates, so be sure to rely on actual measurements from your heating and air conditioning contractor.
The Sonoran desert climate of central Arizona bakes up some of the hottest summer weather of any large U.S. city. The area records high temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter on many days from June to early September. In contrast, the area experiences relatively mild winters. There are numerous days throughout the year when home heating and cooling may not be necessary. However, on these same days, a humidifier, a whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a huge difference in your comfort indoors. The fact that homes are now being constructed to tighter standards against air infiltration makes indoor air quality concerns especially important.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Phoenix
In the Phoenix area, air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain south central Arizona trees and plants can influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some examples include mulberry, juniper, and ash trees, and other types of allergy producing pollen such as ragweed. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the city and the surrounding areas can be found here.
Local utility and conservation providers
For its Phoenix area customers, APS (Arizona Public Service) offers energy efficiency rebates and incentives. For more programs of this type, the DSIRE database lists them statewide. In many cases, your A/C and heating contractor can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to local rebates and incentives.
The availability of natural gas helps determine which type of central heater or furnace will give you the optimum combination of comfort and lower monthly utility bills. Where natural gas is available in Phoenix, owners usually have more gas furnaces than heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this pattern could change. Also, recent advancements in dual fuel heat pumps may give additional choices. In situations where a heat pump makes the best choice, some of the factors that affect air source heat pumps include temperature, humidity, and more. Other mountain conditions such as rock located close to the surface can hinder the use of the ground source design heat pump.
How a whole house approach includes the “envelope” in the load calculation
If you plan to get a new A/C and heating system, look for a contractor who will insert the heating and cooling demands of the Phoenix climate along with the conditions in your home or building into a all-important load calculation. For many reasons, avoid allowing a system to be sized based only on square footage or using the same size system as the old one without verification. This calculation requires considerable experience.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Phoenix area
If you would like to learn the technical side of air conditioning and heating such as schools or courses for an Arizona HVAC license, here are some association and school links:
Arizona Chapter of ACCA: Local branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.