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HVAC Contractors in Oakland, CA

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Transform Home Improvements, has been a leader in the home improvement space for more than 30 years. Whether your home is… More
very good communication and very expert people Full review
  • 70 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
When The Home Depot was founded in 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank had no idea how revolutionary this new "hardware… More
worked well Full review
  • 42 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
At ARS/Rescue Rooter, your comfort is our priority. Always. From plumbing emergencies to heating repair, air conditioning installation and attic insulation,… More
Brothers did a great job! It was pouring rain and the job got completed on schedule! Full review
  • 45 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We have lots of technicians and lots of service trucks across the country. You know what that means? It means that… More
Great experience, my AC is installed and I'm confident in the work the guys did! Full review
  • 24 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
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  • 21 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Majestic Builders goes an extra mile to make sure the customer is satisfied with our work More
Had a set appt for May 13th at 1pm. Set. Confirmed. Then over the weekend I get an email saying they're… Full review
  • 4 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Thank you for your interest! Pls send us your request so that we can create a ticket and give you FREE… More
  • 10 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We are your local contractor and giving a free estimate so reserve your slot now. We can drop by then check… More
  • 13 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We take a comprehensive approach to make your home more comfortable, more beautiful & more energy efficient. We specialize in roofing,… More
  • 14 Years in Business
  • Licensed
At Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning, our technicians are polite, courteous, clean-shaven, drug tested, and background-checked, with clean uniforms, shirts… More
I've been using their services for approximately 3 years now and I'm very pleased with them. Their technicians have always been… Full review
  • 17 Years in Business
  • Licensed
One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning(R) is currently ranked by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 500 franchise companies (#150)… More
We had an awesome service tech!!! Our A/C quit today. Our house was 97? and rising with the outside temperature at… Full review
  • 45 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We offer residential heating, air conditioning and solar, service repair, tune-ups, maintenance, sales, installations, indoor air quality solutions, energy total solution,… More
Not only was technician Lucas able to come out on a Saturday, he followed up with me promptly so we could… Full review
  • 4 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Pace Avenue is a team of energy and water experts who believe in a future with abundant clean energy, where environmental… More
  • 3 Years in Business
  • Licensed
Bay Area Sunlight has been an industry-leading Solar Energy Equipment Supplier since 2000. We only offer our customers the highest quality… More
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Paul Bigham, the owner of Bigham's One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning and Mister Sparky North Bay both are headquartered in… More
  • 6 Years in Business
We specialize in the energy efficient service, repair and replacement of existing building and home heating, air and water systems. Our… More
He was informative and didn't waste time. Full review
  • 8 Years in Business
Residential Air Conditioning Contractors Honey’s Air & Solar offers trustworthy air conditioning maintenance, repair and installation. More
  • 7 Years in Business
Delta Gold does the best job we can do for each customer. Providing great customer service, products and quality of work.… More
  • 7 Years in Business
Nortek Global HVAC got its start as the International Oil Heating Company, manufacturing environmentally friendlier oil burners for home heating. After… More
  • 101 Years in Business
Our mission is to consistently provide professional and affordable residential and commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning services to home owners,… More
  • 28 Years in Business
We offer innovative financing solutions that help contractors build a better businessRenew Financial was founded in 2008 by Cisco DeVries, who… More
They made it unbelievably easy to have new windows (17) put in my home in one day. The contractors (Edward Builders)… Full review
  • 12 Years in Business
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“My home is ice cold. I think my heater needs to be repaired or replaced.”

To make the process of replacing your home’s HVAC easier, the ModHVAC Calculator offers system recommendations and a quick estimate of your replacement costs to save you the guesswork. To use the tool, just slide the bar in the green box to match your home’s square footage. Then enter your city and state below and click Calculate Cost. Seconds later, you’ll be provided with a set of options for your new HVAC unit.

HVAC Repair and Installation Buying Guide for Oakland, CA

Installing a new HVAC system in Oakland provides more than comfort year-round. With a new system, especially one with a high energy efficiency rating, you’ll save money each month on your utility bill and increase the value of your property.

What You Need to Know Before Buying an HVAC System in Oakland

Here’s a short list of things to know and prepare for prior to purchase:

  • Where to buy HVAC systems
  • Choosing the appropriate HVAC system
  • Permit requirements by the City of Oakland for new HVAC installation
  • Hiring a contractor
  • Payment options

Where to Buy HVAC Systems in Oakland

Large retail and home improvement stores are one source for finding quality, name brand HVAC systems. Smaller companies also offer a variety of HVAC systems, and some sell one brand only. Many HVAC dealers offer financing and in-house certified contractors. If they don’t provide their own installation personnel, they may contract with outside HVAC installers that are reliable, have a good reputation, and have the necessary license.

Choosing an HVAC System for your Oakland Home

Whether you’re having a new system installed for the first time or you’re replacing an old system, you need to buy according to the size of the building as well as the climate for Oakland which generally runs in the mid-40s to the high 70s, year-round.

A contractor will estimate the size based on the square footage of your property. You do not want to purchase a system that is too large or too small because it will operate inefficiently and cost you more money over time. It’s also important to understand the different ratings such as the Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) and the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). Note that the higher the system is rated means a higher initial cost, but you’ll see a decrease in your monthly bill which makes up for the initial cost in time.

Oakland, CA HVAC repair & installation contractors

Permits for HVAC Installation in Oakland, CA

Permits are usually required in the City of Oakland for HVAC systems. You can visit the permit center located at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, second floor, to apply for a permit. If applicable, you may be able to acquire the permit over-the-counter immediately. This will be determined at the time of application.

Finding a Certified Contractor

The City of Oakland requires property owners to hire licensed and certified HVAC contractors. When researching for a contractor, there are several things you can do to ensure you hire a qualified installer. First, don’t assume just because someone is advertising themselves as a HVAC specialist that they have the required credentials to do the job. If you use an installer that does not carry the proper license and something goes wrong with the system, you may find your warranty is null and void. You also run the risk of your insurance provider canceling your policy. Before signing on the dotted line, check the credentials of the contractor. You can do this by using the search tool at the Contractor’s State License Board website. It is also recommended that property owners check with the local Better Business Bureau for any outstanding lawsuits and open or past complaints.

Financing a New HVAC System

Once you know how much money will be required for both the equipment and the installation cost, you can budget accordingly. You may find help with financing at the particular store where you purchase the HVAC system and also check at the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) website for statewide companies that offer financing for home improvement projects. Some programs include new HVAC systems. The website includes a search tool to find programs in your area. You can also check the Energy Efficient Programs in California website for additional financial programs. Information is also available for the U. S. Department of Energy programs that include offers for tax credits, financing and rebates.

A new HVAC system can be a hefty investment. With this in mind, take your time to ensure you buy the right system that will accommodate the size of your property. Following the suggested tips can help make the home improvement project a success from start to finish.