HVAC Equipment & Installation
Yes, this is fine. It is important that the furnace have the proper size of blower to match the air conditioner, but McCullough can determine this easily.
If you think you are going to need to install an air conditioner in the next 24 to 36 months, you probably want to have it installed with the furnace. In the Central Texas area, you may qualify for substantial cash rebates, various financing options (available with approved credit), and extended warranties when you replace your whole central heating and air conditioning system at the same time. Also, if you do install only a furnace or only a condenser, it is important to have a reputable contractor that can properly match the new component to your existing equipment and install it properly. Generally, due to lower demand, the cost will be lower to have a new system installed during the winter.
McCullough Heating & Air Conditioning services all brands of equipment. We like to say, “We sell the best and service the rest!” Our professional service technicians are some of the best trained in the industry.
McCullough does not have a “lowest-price guarantee” on new systems. However we do promise that your new system quote will be fair and honest.
At McCullough, your total satisfaction is our goal. We back up our work with the industry’s best guarantees and warranties. Why do customers choose us?
Integrity. Craftsmanship. Innovation. Responsiveness. Quality.
How to choose a great contractor…like us!
Three bids are generally enough. If McCullough is servicing your current system, or if we have installed equipment for you in the past, you should be comfortable in obtaining a proposal from McCullough, then determining if you feel the need to obtain additional bids. Another way to obtain several bids without the effort is to call current customers that have had a system installed recently and ask why they chose McCullough (your comfort consultant can give you a list of customers).
This stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The “size” of an air conditioner is rated in BTUs (British Thermal Units) or tons; however the “efficiency” of a system is rated in SEER. SEER is like mpg (miles per gallon) in a car: the higher the mpg (or SEER) the lower the gasoline (electricity or gas) bill.
HVAC Maintenance & Troubleshooting
How do I know when to repair or replace?
If your furnace is old, or has a serious malfunction that will cost several hundred dollars to fix, it may be wise to replace it. As a general rule of thumb, if your furnace is more than ten years old and costs more than $500 to fix, it should probably be replaced in place of repair.
If your furnace is old but not broken, deciding when to replace it can be difficult. Average life expectancy of furnaces in homes today is between 16
How do I know when to repair or replace?
“An air conditioner should last about 15 years. If a system that’s more than a decade old begins to falter, consider total replacement of inside and outside units rather than a major repair. Usually only one of the system’s major components—coil or compressor—fails, but it’s usually more cost-effective to replace the whole system at once. Unmatched major components can compromise efficiency and lead to added repairs.”
– Consumer's Report Buying Guide, Central Cooling Systems
Yes! Because of our extreme weather, operating your heating and cooling system in Central Texas during a typical year is equivalent to putting 110,000 miles on your car. Many of us won’t go more than 5,000 miles between an oil change or 30,000 miles between a major tune-up, yet we’ll let our expensive comfort equipment run all year without much attention. While this approach may work for a time, most people end up paying heavily for this lack of maintenance in the form of higher energy bills, higher repair bills, voided warranties, reduced comfort and air quality, unplanned service interruptions and shortened equipment life.
What kind of maintenance/service plans does McCullough offer?
McCullough has several excellent maintenance plans available. Our most popular is the “McCullough GOLD Maintenance Plan” which includes two system maintenance service visits per year. The goal behind our maintenance plans is to keep your heating and cooling system in top operational condition so that it lasts longer and doesn’t fail unexpectedly. In addition to two Precision Tune-Ups annually, you’ll a host of valuable benefits such as priority service, 15% off on parts and labor, and a FREE service call if your system does fail unexpectedly (provided you’ve made repairs we have suggested during our McCullough Comfort Club).
Financing & Rebates
YES! A new 15 SEER air conditioner can usually cut the electricity used by the old air conditioner in half. Even a 12 SEER air conditioner (this is the minimum efficiency the federal government allows to be sold) will cut the electricity used by approximately 40%. A new 90% furnace can usually cut the gas used by the old furnace by as much as 30%, and a new 80% efficient furnace (minimum allowed by the federal government) will use approximately 20% less.
We accept cash, personal and business checks, and credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. We also have a number of convenient financing options (available with approved credit), including long-term, low-interest financing available for Austin Energy customers through Velocity Credit Union.
About McCullough & Our Policies
McCullough Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving customers in Central Texas since 1977. We are a family-owned and operated company that takes pride in the high quality products and services we offer our customers, many of which have been using us for their home comfort needs for many years.
We are active members of the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America), our industry’s preeminent trade association, and are longstanding members of the Better Business Bureau of Central Texas. Additionally, McCullough Heating & Air Conditioning actively participates in Austin Energy’s Residential and Multi-Family energy efficiency programs. Just this year alone, we’ve obtained over $100,000 in energy efficiency rebates for our customers.
Heating & Air Conditioning Terminology
BTU is an acronym for British Thermal Unit and is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree in one hour. Furnaces are rated by their BTU input capacity. Air conditioners will remove 12,000 Btu's of heat per hour per ton of cooling.
When it comes to room air conditioners, size matters. Buy one that's too large and you could be throwing away money; buy one that's too small and it's likely you're not cooling your room very efficiently. Schedule an appointment with one of our Comfort Advisers to learn what size AC unit you need to cool your room / house.