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Why Does My HVAC Smell Like Skunk?

NexGen Why Does My HVAC Smell Like Skunk

Every HVAC problem invokes a sense of dread. Is it something minor, or will you spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on repairs? Foul odors usually mean big problems. If you’re HVAC smells like skunk, the source may or may not be rodents, but there’s no doubt a professional should check it out.

A strong, unpleasant odor may suddenly occur for the following reasons:

Rodent Infestation

Small rodents and other animals like nesting in sheltered places. Crawl spaces and air ducts are ideal for them, especially if there’s a food source nearby. An infestation in these places can release particles, odors, and viruses into the air that circulates throughout your home. 

To investigate whether you have an infestation in your HVAC system, remove the vent covers and look for signs of animal activity. Hair, food particles, and droppings are telltale signs. If the scent is coming from that area, it will be stronger when you remove the vent cover. Also, check for damage to your home’s foundation and exterior. 

If one or both of these issues are present, call an exterminator and someone to clean out your HVAC system.

A Skunk Did Spray Outside Your Home

If your HVAC smells like skunk, one may have sprayed nearby, and the odor may be detectable inside. It can also reach your AC system and propagate through your ductwork. If you can determine that a skunk is outside and probably sprayed, turn off the AC until the smell dissipates. The odor should go away once you turn it on again.

Gas Leak

A skunk odor in your home should be taken seriously because of the potential for a gas leak, especially if you have a furnace or other gas appliances. Although a gas leak usually smells like rotten eggs or sulfur, methyl mercaptan (what gas companies add to make gas leaks detectable) can smell like skunk spray to some people. Natural gas is otherwise odorless but very dangerous. 

If you can’t find any other source of the skunk smell, evacuate your home and call for help. The gas can make you sick and carbon monoxide may be present.

Sewer Gas

It’s not hard to confuse the smell of natural gas and sewer gas. Originating from your sanitary sewer line or septic system, these odors are created by methane combined with hydrogen sulfide and other gases. Hydrogen sulfide is produced as plant and animal materials decompose. 

One way to deal with a sewer gas odor is to run a rarely-used faucet. The drain may have dried out, allowing sewer gas to back up. Letting the water run can stop this from happening. If your HVAC smells like skunk, check for underutilized plumbing fixtures. If running a faucet doesn’t fix the issue, there may be a broken drain line or clogged pipe.

Therefore, a skunk odor can be caused by an HVAC or plumbing problem, so you’ll need a professional to determine the source.

Call NexGen If Your HVAC Smells Like Skunk

Our HVAC professionals can provide AC repair and maintenance if a skunk odor is in your home. They can also determine if the issue is coming from your plumbing or sewer lines, or if there’s a potential gas leak. We can fix your air conditioning system, repair plumbing (including gas lines), and clean drains as necessary. Affordable, low-interest financing is available upon approved credit. Call (833) 729-9735 to learn more or schedule service.



How Do Tree Roots Get Into Sewer Lines?

NexGen How Do Tree Roots Get Into Sewer Lines

Trees can add shade and beauty to your property. They’re also good at boosting curb appeal. But they’re often not a benefit for your sewer pipes. Tree root intrusion is a more common problem than many people realize. When a customer learns their plumbing woes are caused by tree roots, they often ask, “How do tree roots get into sewer lines?”

To answer that question, let’s first look at how tree roots work. Any tree requires enough water to survive. Water contains the moisture, nutrients, and oxygen needed for a tree to grow and sustain itself (roots naturally grow toward water sources). Sewer lines contain all of these. And just like tree roots, they’re contained underground.

How do roots find the sewer line in the first place? We’ll now explain this in more detail:

The Sewer Pipe Is Damaged

A pipe can develop holes or crack due to corrosion. Ground movement and settling can cause damage as well. No matter how minute an opening is, it can release enough water to attract roots. And the roots can use this entry point to grow into the pipe, fill it up, and catch grease, oil, fats, dirt, and other materials that contribute to a blockage.

But the sewer line doesn’t have to be leaking or broken to attract tree roots.

Sewer Vapors Are Released Into the Soil

As water flows through a pipe, moisture-, oxygen-, and nutrient-filled vapors can escape into the soil, even if there isn’t a true leak, and reach nearby roots. Sensing the direction these vapors came from, roots grow toward the sewer pipe. Tree roots are strong and persistent. They can sometimes break into or crush a pipe; or, if there’s a loose joint or connection, push it apart and begin to grow inside.

Can I Stop Tree Roots From Getting Into Sewer Lines?

If tree roots have reached or gotten into a sewer line, the pipe must be repaired by a professional plumber. Only they have the experience, knowledge, and tools to resolve the problem. Avoid using chemical solutions. They can poison the tree and contaminate the environment. Plus, depending on what the pipe is made of, chemicals can do more damage. If a pipe is already weakened, chemicals can cause it to break down and fail. 

However, there are safer ways to prevent tree roots from affecting sewer lines, including:

How Do I Know Tree Roots Are In My Sewer?

Aside from a plumbing camera inspection, there are other ways to suspect a tree root problem. Common signs of tree roots in a sewer line include backed-up toilets or plumbing fixtures, soggy areas on your lawn, and frequent drain clogs. The smell of sewage in your home means a sewer line has been compromised. Other signs of damage can range from as subtle as a gurgling toilet to visible water damage along your home’s foundation.

Call NexGen for Tree Root Removal

At NexGen, we provide safe and effective tree root removal services in Southern California. We can use a drain snake with a rotating cable, a rooter machine, or hydro jetting to break up tree roots. Our licensed, insured technicians also fully repair affected sewer lines and take preventative measures to inhibit future intrusions. To learn more or schedule professional tree root removal on your property, contact us online or call (833) 729-9735.

How To Protect Your AC When the Pollen Count Is High

NexGen How To Protect Your AC When the Pollen Count Is High

Spring blooms mean pollen is in the air. Pollen from trees, grass, and flowers stays suspended until it settles or you breathe it in. The tiny grains can trigger allergy symptoms and asthma attacks. Pollen also settles on surfaces, so it can mix with dust and build up in your HVAC system. Therefore, numerous issues can occur when the pollen count is high.

Pollen can affect your AC when it builds up on the evaporator coil. This makes it harder for the unit to absorb heat and transfer it out of your home. If pollen settles on the condenser coil, the system will struggle to release heat, causing your air conditioner to overheat, shut down, or be seriously damaged. But here are ways to protect your AC from pollen:

Close the Windows

One of the best defenses against pollen is a physical barrier. While it may be tempting to open windows in mild weather, closing them can keep pollen and other particulates out. Therefore, you can improve indoor air quality and get relief from allergies. The same pollen that triggers your symptoms also won’t reach your air conditioning system.

Clean the Area Around the Outdoor Unit

Debris, including plants, branches, and leaves, can cause pollen to blow into the outdoor condenser unit. To protect it, trim vegetation a few feet away on each side. You can also prevent plants from growing nearby by installing paver bricks or gravel around the unit.

Wash Off the AC

Rinsing off the outdoor unit with a garden hose can wash away pollen and particles. If pollen settles on the unit, it can drift or blow inside. Washing the unit at medium pressure can eliminate grains, powder, and residue so they don’t cause problems.

Change or Upgrade the Air Filter

Indoor air circulates up to six times per hour. This gives pollen plenty of opportunities to blow into your home and clog up your AC filter. Check the filter every week when the pollen count is high. Clean or replace it when the filter has a lot of buildup. The longer you wait, the more pollen, dust, and debris will collect inside. 

If the filter clogs quickly, or you have allergies and indoor air quality issues, upgrade your HVAC filter. Some filters use an electric charge to attract particles. But a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will remove very fine particles, including pollen grains.

Schedule a Duct Cleaning

The air filter should trap most pollen in the air. However, pollen grains can still circulate and eventually settle in your ductwork. They can reenter the air supply when the AC turns on. In addition, pollen and other debris can form a coating that increases air friction, forcing your AC to work harder. Just a thin layer can interfere with airflow and prevent the unit from cooling your home efficiently.

Install a Whole-Home Humidifier

Dry air makes it easier for pollen to remain suspended and circulate. A humidifier can increase the moisture content, which helps because moisture weighs pollen down. It also helps relieve dryness in your nose and throat which can exacerbate allergy symptoms when the pollen count is high. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, optimal indoor humidity levels range from 25% to 40%. 

Are My Allergies Connected to My Air Conditioner?

If your allergy symptoms are due to contamination in your AC, you may experience sneezing, wheezing, and congestion; dry, itchy skin; and possibly nosebleeds. You may feel irritation and congestion while at home that goes away when you leave. If there’s a mold or mildew smell, or dust or pollen is visibly floating in the air when windows are closed, your AC is almost certainly affected.

Contact NexGen

NexGen provides high-quality HVAC and indoor air quality services, including air duct cleaning, to protect your AC and home regardless of the pollen count. Pollen can contribute to ductwork contamination and blockages. Excessive amounts of particulates in your home can be due to poor sealing. At NexGen, we can help with all these issues and protect your air conditioning system. Call (833) 729-9735 to request service.

8 Signs You Need a Drain Unclogging Service

NexGen 8 Signs You Need a Drain Unclogging Service

A clogged drain is one of the most common plumbing problems, and nearly everyone eventually deals with one. Sometimes you can resolve the issue with a plunger. But when do you need a professional? Here are the top 8 signs it’s time to call a drain unclogging service.

1. A Pool of Water

No matter how much you enjoy swimming and other water activities, having standing water in your home is never good. Standing water in a sink, tub, or washing machine means a drainage pipe is clogged. Dishwashers and basement floor drains can also clog. Standing water around a toilet is another reason to call for help.

2. A Slow Drain

Soap, grease, hair, and other materials build up in drains and pipes. The problem often starts gradually. Your sink or bathtub may take longer to empty. The problem will only get worse until the drain clogs up completely. So, keep an eye on those drains when you wash your hands, brush your teeth, or take a shower. If one sink or fixture is slow, the clog is probably limited to that drain; if multiple sinks slow up, there may be a sewer line blockage.

3. Clogs Occur Frequently

You cleared your sink drain a few days ago, but it clogged again. If a clog keeps recurring, a serious blockage may be forming. The standard home remedies won’t eliminate such a clog, which may be due to stubborn residue or mineral scale. You’ll need a plumber to provide a drain unclogging service to resolve the issue.

4. Your Home Smells Like Sewage

You expect your home to smell clean and fresh. If a sewer line is clogged, that familiar fresh scent is replaced by foul odors that worsen over time. Your drains may work even though food, waste, and sewage are building up inside. If the smell is coming from a rarely used sink, run the water to fill the P-trap. Otherwise, call a plumber for help. And if you have musty odors from drains, call a professional to check for and clean out any mold.

5. Pipes Are Noisy

A gurgling sound means air bubbles are forming as water pushes past a developing clog. The drain may still be working. You might also see air bubbles rising in the toilet as you run the sink faucet (indicating a possible sewer clog). The noise (and bubbles) should go away once a plumber removes what’s causing the clog.

6. Fruit Flies Are Everywhere

No food scraps are lying around, but fruit flies suddenly appear. They won’t go away no matter how well you clean the kitchen. The likely reason is food buildup in a drainage pipe. A professional plumber is equipped to remove every trace of food from the drainage line. The flies will then move on in search of other food sources.

7. Insects or Rodents in the Sink

Seeing pests in the sink is a good reason to call a drain unclogging service. Bugs and small rodents can get into drain pipes through holes and breaks. A skilled plumber can find the broken pipe, seal it, or make repairs that prevent any other pests from getting in.

8. The Water Bill Went Up

A fluctuating water bill isn’t a concern if it’s not a big change. But a dramatic increase from one month to another is a sign of a plumbing leak. While it’s more subtle than a clogged drain, it means there’s a serious problem. Have a plumber inspect your drains and pipes. They can use pipe inspection cameras to spot hard-to-find issues, fix them, and clean out your drains to prevent further problems.

Contact NexGen for Drain Cleaning Service

NexGen provides drain cleaning services in Southern California by fully licensed, insured technicians. From pipe camera inspection to drain line snaking to hydro jetting, we use the latest tools and techniques to fix clogged drains no matter what’s inside them. Whether the issue is in your sink drain or sewer line, our team will diagnose the cause and get the water flowing again. Call (833) 729-9735 to request drain unclogging service today.

What To Do If There's No Power to the HVAC Control Board

NexGen What Do I Do If Theres No Power to the HVAC Control Board

The AC unit, air handler, and furnace are familiar parts of your HVAC system. However, the control board isn’t something you often interact with. If it’s not working, it can’t command any part of your heating or cooling system to operate correctly. We’ll explain what it is, how it works, and what to do if there’s no power to the HVAC control board.

What’s an HVAC Control Board?

The control board is essentially the system’s command center. Input from the thermostat is received by the board, which then relays the appropriate commands to your furnace or air conditioner. A furnace circuit board regulates the ignition, gas valves, flame sensor, blower motor, and other components. A defrost control board works similarly, except it monitors for the buildup of ice and triggers the defrost function when it’s needed.

How to Check the Control Board

First, you’ll need your furnace’s manual, which should show the location and setup of the control board. Before starting, you’ll also need a screwdriver, electrical tape, and a voltage meter. Proceed with the following steps if there’s no power to the HVAC control board:

How Do I Know There’s a Control Board Problem?

If the control board isn’t working, there may be issues with temperature regulation. The symptoms are often similar to those associated with other problems, such as blower fan, power, or filter issues. If your HVAC has warning lights or diagnostic codes, you might see a notification of an unpowered or failing control board. However, the system may not work at all if the control board isn’t powered. 

Why Does an HVAC Control Board Fail?

The control board should last the life of your HVAC system. But high temperatures, numerous heating and cooling cycles, or wiring issues can wear it out. A single faulty transistor or relay on the board can result in a malfunction. Sometimes a faulty transformer or fuse is the cause; a technician can provide replacement components to fix the problem. If the board is damaged, usually the only option is to replace it, which requires a professional to handle wiring and installation work.

Call NexGen If There’s No Power to the HVAC Control Board

Customers throughout Southern California rely on NexGen for all types of heating and AC repair. If you have temperature control, airflow, or power problem or need an HVAC control board replaced, our licensed technicians will get your system running again in no time. They are fully licensed and insured. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (833) 729-9735.


Benefits of an Indoor Air Quality System

NexGen Benefits of an Indoor Air Quality System

According to the American Lung Association, you breathe in about 2,000 gallons of air per day.¹ Considering all the pollutants that may be present, that means there’s ample opportunity to inhale dust, pollen, smoke particles, chemicals, and volatile organic compounds. Bacteria and viruses abound in indoor air as well. It may be hard to keep all these out, but investing in an efficient indoor air quality system can improve your comfort and well-being.

Why Install an Indoor Air Quality System

Indoor air quality (IAQ) improvements have become a government priority, so they should be on your list as well. The American Rescue Plan, enacted in 2021, included many COVID-19 initiatives and set aside federal funds for indoor air quality improvements in public facilities, schools, and small businesses. But improvements to air filtration and ventilation aren’t only protective pandemic measures. They benefit everyone on a daily basis. 

Common IAQ solutions include

Here are a few reasons to consider installing such equipment:

Breathing Becomes Easier

You can breathe voluntarily, but for the most part, you do so automatically. The average adult takes 12 to 18 breaths per minute without thinking about it.² Breathing in polluted air is hard on your body even if you’re not aware of it. Contaminated indoor air forces you to take shallower breaths, which can strain your heart and lungs. Simple exercises and walking up a flight of stairs can become physically tiring.

Reduced Allergies and Hay Fever

Ventilating your home and vacuuming regularly aren’t enough to eliminate allergens and other contaminants. Tiny particles that float in the air can cause sneezing, itchy throat, irritated eyes, and congestion. For people with asthma and other respiratory conditions, the effects can be even worse. A high-quality air filtration system can benefit everyone when it’s properly installed and maintained, especially during allergy season.

Improved Humidity Control

A good indoor air quality system can balance the humidity in your home. If the air in your home is too humid, it can feel muggy and stuffy. Mold growth is more likely in humid conditions. But not enough moisture in the air can cause dry skin, static shocks, and other issues. The ideal indoor humidity level is around 45%, so there’s a balance between comfort and dry enough conditions to avoid air quality problems.

Fewer Odors

At NexGen, our indoor air quality solutions can help remove odors. Some odors, such as musty smells from mold or sulfur odors from a gas leak, can be hazardous to your health. Others can put you in a bad mood, increase stress, and make it hard to study or be productive. Traditional filters don’t completely remove odors. However, UV and other specialized filtration systems break down organic materials that cause odors so their sources are eliminated.

Improved Energy Efficiency

With cleaner air, your AC filter will take longer to fill up. Airflow and temperature control are improved. Therefore, improved indoor air quality helps your HVAC system work less hard. You may see noticeable decreases in your utility bill because the unit uses less electricity to keep your home comfortable.

Better Quality Sleep

Cleaner air allows for steadier breathing while asleep. Airborne pollutants can not only lead to sleep apnea and other sleep-related breathing problems. They can prevent you from getting the rest needed to replenish your body after a long day. You’ll feel refreshed instead of tired and irritable, which can improve your overall health and well-being.

NexGen Can Help Select an Indoor Air Quality System

NexGen provides air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and indoor air quality services in Southern California. We offer the highest quality solutions on the market to remove particulates, mold, and volatile compounds from the air in your home. Our licensed professionals will help you choose products that suit your needs. Financing options are available to help you afford much-needed products and services. For help with your next indoor air quality system, call (833) 729-9735 today.


Pros and Cons of a Standing AC Unit

NexGen Pros and Cons of a Standing AC Unit

Without a large central AC system, parts of your home may be too hot in summer. Nonetheless, adequate cooling for every room is still possible. A standing AC unit is a convenient option. We will explain the pros and cons of a portable air conditioner, which works similarly to a central air conditioner.

How Does a Portable Air Conditioner Work?

A standing air conditioner can be useful whether you don’t have central AC or it does not serve a particular room. The unit operates on a smaller scale. It draws air from outside through a window, cycles it through a compressor, blows cool air inside, and exhausts hot air outside. All the unit’s working components are contained in a single housing, including coiled tubes that circulate refrigerant. A pipe or air duct allows for an exchange between outdoor and indoor air.

Pros of a Standing AC Unit

The benefits of using a portable AC include:

Cons of a Standing AC Unit

Despite their many benefits, stand-alone AC units have disadvantages worth considering. These can include:

Contact NexGen Today

NexGen provides a wide range of high-quality HVAC equipment. We’ll help you determine the best system for your Southern California home or business. Traditional, electric, rooftop, and ductless systems are available and we specialize in the latest air purification equipment and thermostats. Our licensed contractors can help install, repair, and maintain your heating and cooling system. For assistance from licensed, insured technicians, book your visit online or call (833) 729-9735.

Are Air Conditioning Repairs Worth It?

NexGen Are Air Conditioning Repairs Worth It

If your aging air conditioner is acting up, a technician may weigh whether to repair or replace it. Air conditioning repairs can have many benefits. They can restore cooling performance, improve efficiency, and extend the lifespan of your AC. But to decide if more repairs are worth it, consider the following:

Cost of the Repair

Different formulas help determine if an AC repair is worth it. Some experts say to move forward with repairs if the estimate is less than 50% of the cost of replacement. If the estimate is close, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. Another method is to multiply the age of the unit by the repair cost; replace the AC if the total exceeds $5,000. Multiple repairs in one year can strain your budget. However, if the system only needs occasional repair, it’s worth it.

Age of the System

The age of your AC unit is a major factor in deciding whether to repair or replace it. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a central air conditioner has a lifespan of 15 to 20 years.¹ In harsher climates, it may last only 10 to 12 years. But AC longevity is affected by many factors, including quality of installation and how well it’s been maintained. If it’s over 10 years old and needs major repairs, consider whether replacement is more affordable.

Have You Kept Up with Maintenance?

Annual maintenance and tune-ups can prevent many AC problems. Just by changing the filter every 1 to 3 months, keeping plants and debris away from the outdoor unit, and scheduling minor repairs when necessary, your system can last longer. But if you’ve neglected maintenance, multiple problems may be too expensive to fix.


An air conditioner’s energy efficiency has a significant impact on operating costs. In the Southern U.S., all new ACs must be rated at least 15 SEER (as of January 2023), so having a unit with a 14 to 25 SEER rating aligns with current standards. That means your 12 SEER unit that’s 15 years old costs you more money than necessary (also, consider that operating efficiency declines with age). That means upgrading to a newer, more efficient unit will reduce energy costs.

The AC Still Runs on R-22 Freon

With the phase-out of R-22, Freon and the systems that run on it are becoming scarcer. Recharging an R-22 system is becoming prohibitively expensive. So is finding replacement parts for one. Therefore, you’re likely better off replacing the system with one that uses R-410A refrigerant, a more environmentally friendly option that can’t be used in older units.

Components Are Matched/Mismatched

If an outdoor or indoor unit was once replaced separately, the system may have kept working. But an equipment mismatch can shorten its lifespan. At the very least, it will reduce efficiency. Replacing your HVAC with a matched system will improve efficiency and have a wide range of other benefits for years to come.

Your Home’s Comfort Level

Think about how comfortable you were before needing an air conditioning repair. Has your home not been cool enough? Have you noticed hot and cool spots at home? Are there humidity issues or are your energy bills getting more expensive? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to consider replacing the system or updating it to one that supports variable speed technology or zoning.

Energy Efficiency Incentives

Even if you could afford another AC repair, what if rebates, tax credits, or other financial incentives can save you more? Manufacturers, utility companies, and local government agencies across the U.S. offer financial incentives for installing high-efficiency equipment. The amount you can save on an air conditioner varies from company to company and region to region. You may save a few hundred or thousands of dollars by replacing your AC.

Are Air Conditioner Repairs Worth It to You?

Whether you base your decision on cost calculations or how your AC is performing, the decision to repair or replace it comes down to your unique situation (unless the system has completely failed). We believe in providing the knowledge to make informed decisions. Air conditioner repairs are worth it for a younger, well-maintained system. But they get more costly as a unit ages along with the overall cost of ownership.

NexGen Will Repair or Replace Your AC

Our experienced technicians provide air conditioning repair services in Southern California. They’re able to fix common issues and ensure your system is more efficient and reliable. But we know sometimes AC repair is not enough. If you’ve had numerous air conditioner repairs and your AC is nearing 20 years old, let’s talk about replacing it. We’re ready to evaluate your system and answer your questions. To get started, call (833) 729-9735 today.


What Does an AC Tune-Up Cost?

NexGen What Does an AC Tune Up Cost

An AC tune-up includes the maintenance needed to improve comfort, reliability, and efficiency. Tune-ups can also help avoid expensive repairs. However, they don’t come cheap. Homeowners often wonder how much the service will cost them. The price depends on the scope of the service and where you live. Let’s look at the possible cost of an AC tune-up.

The Average Cost of an AC Tune-Up

According to Forbes, a tune-up can cost anywhere from $30 to $300. On average, it costs around $120 to tune up your air conditioner.¹ That’s a small price compared to repairs that can cost thousands of dollars. A tune-up can even help your AC last longer, delaying the need to pay for a replacement unit.

Factors that Affect the AC Tune-Up Cost

Not every tune-up is the same just as not every air conditioner is the same. The cost of tuning up an AC depends on the following:

Also, note that inspections of your ductwork and ventilation system will cost extra. According to Angi, this can run between $80 and $450.² 

Can I Perform an AC Tune-Up Myself?

You won’t save on performing an AC tune-up yourself. Aside from changing the filter and doing simple cleanings, attempting to replace a fan motor, repair a refrigerant leak, or complete any other type of major repair can result in more damage and void the warranty.

When Should I Get an AC Tune-Up?

An annual tune-up should be completed in the spring. It will ensure your AC works all summer and can save on energy bills. Schedule additional maintenance throughout the year if your air conditioner is older or has known issues.

How Long Does It Take?

A standard tune-up takes about an hour if the system doesn’t need any significant repairs. 

What’s Included in an AC Tune-Up?

Most HVAC contractors include tune-ups in their maintenance packages. They often include air filter replacements and inspections of fan motors, capacitors, and ducts. A technician will also check the thermostat and electrical controls. Checking refrigerant levels helps determine if there is a leak.  If necessary, the drainage system is inspected and flushed.

Contact NexGen for AC Maintenance

NexGen provides high-quality air conditioning maintenance in Southern California. When it’s time for your annual AC tune-up, you can count on our licensed technicians to ensure your unit is reliable and efficient. Tune-ups help prevent breakdowns, but we’re available 24/7 to help in emergencies. To ensure your AC maintenance needs are met, schedule a tune-up today by calling (833) 729-9735.



What Do AC Installation Services Include?

NexGen What Do AC Installation Services Include

According to Angi, installing a new AC unit can cost up to $8,000(based on 2023 data). But installation doesn’t only include connecting and setting up a unit. There are several steps and tasks homeowners often aren’t aware of. This article will explain the process a trained HVAC technician will follow when providing AC installation service.

Home Evaluation and System Planning

An AC installer will first inspect your home to identify your needs. Are you replacing an existing unit or relocating your HVAC system? Many newer air conditioners are larger in dimensional size, so the current location of your AC may be unsuitable. Manufacturer guidelines, state laws, and local regulations may dictate equipment placement, clearance, and distance from utility meters. 

Plus, the installer will consider your climate and the typical levels of heat and humidity. They’ll also perform an energy audit to look for poor insulation, drafty windows, and other factors that can reduce efficiency. Recommendations on improvements often target ways to maximize an AC’s energy efficiency over time.

A Load Calculation

The size (capacity) of an HVAC system must be just right. A technician will determine the square footage of your home and consider other factors to identify the cooling power you need. Many people oversize their air conditioners, lowering efficiency and increasing wear and tear. While sizing an AC unit requires extra time, it can pay off in improved comfort, moisture removal, energy efficiency, and fewer repairs.

A Discussion of High-Efficiency Options

A reputable contractor will explain options that can provide more efficient cooling. If your AC is well-maintained, it can last 15 to 20 years. During that time, you can save significantly if the system is efficient. Air conditioner efficiencies are rated using the following:

Inspect the Ductwork

During an AC installation service call is a good time to evaluate ductwork for issues that decrease efficiency. Some considerations include whether the duct system is compatible with or large enough for the new unit. An inspector will also determine if your ductwork needs to be sealed or repaired. If there’s significant dirt and dust buildup, air ducts will be cleaned as well.

The Team Arrives and Prepares for the Installation

The installation crew should call or text their expected arrival time. You’ll speak to the lead installer about the project, the equipment to be installed, and other details. Good communication avoids misunderstandings and costly mistakes. In preparation for your new system, the installers will turn off the electricity and gas supply to your existing HVAC equipment and add protection to floors and furniture. All the tools and equipment they’ll use will be set up.

Your Existing AC Is Removed

The refrigerant will be safely recovered and discarded with special machinery. A technician who removes AC refrigerant must be EPA certified to do so. Next, electrical wiring is disconnected from the unit, and then the disconnect box and electric power conduit are replaced. The old condenser unit and indoor evaporator coil, air handler, and copper refrigerant line are carefully removed to make way for new equipment. If necessary, modifications to the plenum will be made.

The Area Is Prepared

The pad the outdoor unit sits on is replaced and leveled. The ground below it may need to be leveled too, either by laying a gravel base or pouring a concrete pad. Composite pads are often used as concrete is prone to cracking and shifting and not as resistant to machine vibrations. Thorough preparation is necessary because, after installation, air conditioners can’t be moved or lifted without causing serious damage.

The New AC System Is Installed

The installation procedure depends on the exact type of air conditioner. The general process during AC installation service is as follows:

If installing a mini-split system, ductwork installation or modification will be skipped. The installation crew will drill one hole in an exterior wall to connect a conduit between the outdoor and indoor units.

Contact NexGen to Schedule High-Quality AC Installation Services

NexGen is a leading AC installation services provider in Southern California. We take every possible measure to install an air conditioner correctly. Our employees are licensed, trained, and background checked, as well as honest and reliable. If it’s time to replace your AC, we’ll ensure your new unit operates efficiently with no safety or health hazards. 

NexGen will also help determine the right type and size of unit for your home. All components, including thermostats, will be set up for you and our team will manage insulation and other requirements. To schedule AC installation and learn about our maintenance plans and warranties, contact us online or call 833-729-9735.