• 1.Coastal Mechanical Systems

    3460 Trant Ave

    Norfolk,VA

    2.86 mi

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05/29/2016
By: J T.
Rick's Heating & Air Conditioning Inc
A positive experience from start to finish. I expanded my basic single zone multi-floor system into multiple zones and repositioned the equipment to maximize the use of the surrounding space. The specific details of the installation were well communicated so that everyone was together as to what was wanted for the final product. The initial quotes provided 3 levels of equipment allowing me to choose the best options for my needs and due to lower overhead and minimal markup it was 40-45% lower than competition. Reps were on time, courteous, professional and gave me a feeling of respect for both me and my home. Once complete, techs did not leave until my questions were answered following an explanation of the system, its operation, maintenance and recommendations for maximum efficiency. The final purchase price matched exactly to the quoted price, no surprises once the equipment was installed. Rick's team impressed me throughout and I recommend them to friends, family and coworkers.
07/25/2013
By: patricianeto
Rick's Heating & Air Conditioning Inc
They are the best in town! Gave exceptional service, very efficient and fast. They even did some work that I didn't even know was needed. Explained everything that they were doing and how the system should work. Even gave me some helpful hints about other things. I will never call anyone else and will recommend Rick's to anyone that mentions A/C.
Tips & Advices
You can keep your air conditioner running efficiently with some preventative care measures. Shut off the power to your AC before cleaning it or performing any of these tasks:  clean your filter at least twice a year; remove leaves and twigs from cages; clean the fins with a garden hose or special spray, then use a butter knife to straighten any that are crooked; keep your yard clean so the fins won't get blocked; cover the unit up for winter; and make sure it's level or you run the risk of damaging the inner workings of the unit.
To clean your air conditioner drain, first shut off the power to your unit at both the thermostat and the breaker. Then remove the drain pan. If the pan is full of water, soak up the liquid with a few towels or rags or use a wet vacuum. You can use a solution of water and distilled vinegar, or substitute peroxide for the vinegar, to clean out the drain pipe. Let the pipe sit for a while in the solution and then put all the parts back in place. Once you start using your air conditioner on a regular basis, check it periodically to ensure condensation isn't building up.
If you happen to live in a hot and humid area of the country, drainage problems can occur with your unit since moisture can trap itself inside the system. Routine maintenance can cut down on drainage issues by cleaning out any mold or algae from blocking the drain. If you notice moldy smells whenever you turn the thermostat down, check on your system.
If you notice your system is acting inconsistently, the sensor is most likely out of place. Turn off the unit and reach behind its control panel while carefully bending the sensor back into place near the evaporative coil.
Find out where the noises are coming from. A banging or clanking sound could be due to a loose part. If you hear a hissing sound, it's most likely because of a refrigerant leak and you should contact an HVAC technician as soon as possible.

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