HVAC in San Diego, CA

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When The Home Depot was founded in 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank had no idea how revolutionary this new "hardware… More
Paul is wonderful and I am thrilled with the service, product, and warranty! Full review
  • 43 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 of switching out our hvac systems. They had a very competitive quote and great units to… Full review
  • 46 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
For the last 10 years, Edison Home Improvement has been an industry pioneer in the San Diego home remodel industry and… More
Our experience with Edison was great. My wife and I just bought our first home, and initially we purchased the services… Full review
  • 13 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Family owned heating and air conditioning company that specializes in residential installations, service and repair. Air Care Heating and Air Conditioning… More
Gary and his guys at Air Care provided us with a brand new central unit. Alex did an awesome job installing… Full review
  • 14 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
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We are an environmentally friendly company providing end-to-end customer oriented alternative energy centered on the marketing, trading, transportation, and distribution of… More
  • 9 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
True passion for excellence can only be proven through exceptional workmanship and customer satisfaction. We’re proud that over 10,000 people just… More
  • 83 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Transform Home Improvements, has been a leader in the home improvement space for more than 30 years. Whether your home is… More
Salesman came quick (Tuesday) and quoted 3 - 4 weeks. Contractors called on Thursday with install on Friday - same week.… Full review
  • 71 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Your Energy Pros are a team of local, dedicated energy professionals, not salesmen, with a passion for helping people get the… More
We are so pleased with our choice to go solar, and specifically trusting the Energy Pros design and expertise to help… Full review
  • 5 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We offer comprehensive general contracting services. Our approach is to work closely with a client to meet all of its goals,… More
  • 9 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We offer the highest quality in craftsmanship and the highest levels of integrity. Our goal for the past 15 years has… More
  • 21 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
BMC is one of the nation’s leading providers of diversified building products and services to professional builders and contractors in the… More
  • 15 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
  • 38 Years in Business
  • Bonded
Pace Avenue is a team of energy and water experts who believe in a future with abundant clean energy, where environmental… More
  • 4 Years in Business
  • Licensed
We are a family-owned business it started off with our grandpa doing Plumbing for 65 years . My dad eventually took… More
  • 6 Years in Business
  • Bonded
The next generation of home comfort - that's what we have become! With the hard work and dedication from our team… More
  • 17 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
  • 102 Years in Business
Founded in 2000, We Care Plumbing, Heating, Air and Solar has gained an outstanding reputation in residential plumbing, HVAC, and solar… More
  • 21 Years in Business
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HVAC Buyers Guide for Repair and Installation San Diego, California

Purchasing a new HVAC system for your property in San Diego, California carries with it many important considerations. You will find yourself faced with decisions that include choosing a contractor, what type of system to buy, and if you should purchase an annual service agreement to maintain it. This Buyer’s Guide touches on the most important aspects of HVAC installation that every property owner should consider before signing on the dotted line.

Getting Started with HVAC Repair and Installation in San Diego

Since a new HVAC system is a significant investment, it would be beneficial to do your homework by obtaining at least three estimates from reputable local contractors. Prices can vary widely between HVAC companies as well as the quality of installation and equipment they provide, so ask for references to verify the quality of their work, timeliness and jobsite cleanliness. Verify that they hold the required State of California licenses and certifications as well as the necessary workers compensation and liability insurance coverage.  

The contractor will help you choose the right size and type of HVAC system for your home. Sizing requirements are based on several factors including: the overall square footage and cubic feet of the building; the condition of the exterior walls subjected to outside temperatures; duct work, and attic insulation. The contractor should go over the types of HVAC equipment that would be suited for your property. These could include a variety of heat pumps, straight cool systems or mini split-ductless systems, among others.  

Climate Considerations for HVAC in San Diego, California

San Diego experiences an abundance of sunshine throughout the year with overall mild temperatures. This Mediterranean type climate experiences average monthly temperatures ranging from 57 degrees F in January to 72 degrees F in August.  Consider purchasing an HVAC system that will provide and maintain temperatures suited to your desired comfort levels anytime of the year. There are many HVAC systems suited for the climate of San Diego and the selection should also take into account the size, condition and energy efficiency of your property.

San Diego, CA HVAC repair & installation contractors

Before You Sign

Before signing on the dotted line, ask your competing contractors these pointed questions and compare the answers:

  • How much money can I expect to save in reduced energy use? This will depend on the SEER and HSPF ratings of the new equipment. Remember, more energy efficiency means a higher system cost.
  • What is the total cost of labor and installation of the system? Beware of hidden costs and unforeseen circumstances. Read your estimate thoroughly to verify what you are paying for.
  • How long is the warranty period and who is responsible? In most cases, the manufacturer covers the equipment against defects and workmanship while the contractor covers the installation. Make sure you get both in writing.

To protect your investment, you should also ask your contractor about extended or annual service agreements. Many HVAC companies offer discounted parts and labor for customers who sign up for the program. This can provide an added benefit, especially when it is included in your installation estimate.

Funding Options for HVAC in San Diego

Purchasing a new HVAC system is a sizable out-of-pocket expense for most. Before deciding on a system type and SEER rating, it would be beneficial to explore the many rebate and incentive programs that can help reduce the initial costs. Government — Energy.gov — agencies, utility companies and others offer a variety of tax credits, incentives and rebates designed to promote energy efficiency for home improvement projects.

Not all HVAC systems qualify for a rebate so it is wise to explore the many options available in San Diego before purchasing one. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is a great place to start as it provides a list of the most current policies and incentives by state. For more information on programs that might be helpful to you, visit Energy Efficient Programs in California or the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) websites.

Although these programs may help defray some of your new HVAC costs, you will still carry the largest burden of its expense. Many HVAC companies and home improvement centers offer great financing terms to attract your business. Many even provide no interest financing for terms up to 60 months. That is a good deal for necessary equipment. You can also explore the many funding options available through lending institutions in your area or consider a HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) to pay for your HVAC system.

Permits for HVAC Installation in San Diego

Installing a new HVAC system will require that you or your contractor obtain a building permit. This is to your advantage, as a building inspector will verify that your HVAC system and all electrical upgrades and connections comply with the local building codes. Although you can pull the permit yourself, the responsibility should be your contractor’s and be included in the original estimate. For information on obtaining a building permit, visit The City of San Diego Development Services Department or contact them by mail at 1222 First Avenue, MS 301, San Diego, CA 92101-4101.