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Central Air Conditioning Installation: An Interview with Wayne Thrash of Thrash Mechanical

By Wayne Thrash

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Thrash Mechanical opened its doors in Dec 1,2004. We are a commercial and residential AC & Heat service and installation company. We provide service and repairs on all brands of systems. We provide emergency or after hours service. We are also a Bryant Dealer offering top quality equipment and installations. Our goal is customer satisfaction and returning clients. We pride ourselves in exceeding the expectations of our customers.

What is central air conditioning and how does it work?

A traditional home comfort system has two parts: an indoor unit, such as a furnace or air handler, and an outdoor unit. An air conditioner is the outdoor unit that cools air and sends it to the indoor unit for circulation through your home. Indoor and outdoor units are designed to work together. When the air conditioner is properly matched with a furnace or air handler, you get maximum efficiency and longer system life.

Are all houses capable of having central air installed?

Most homes are able to have central AC systems installed. However, there are exceptions where there are physical restrictions to facilitate a central AC system with ductwork. For those applications, there are other solutions. A perfect high efficiency solution in that instance is a mini split AC. Mini splits are very highly efficient systems that have the inside units mounted on walls, typically and don't have ductwork. Some manufacturers even make a designer model that looks like a wall painting.

What is the typical installation process?

The beginning is a job site inspection and interview with the homeowner. This allows us to determine what is important the the client. Hot or cold rooms? Efficiency? Noise? At this time a detailed measurement of the house is done in order to perform Heat load/Loss calculations, this is a way to determine the correct size of the heating and cooling equipment. There are many factor used in this process, direction of the house, type of foundation, location of ducts, size of walls, windows & doors, construction materials, insulation values for walls and ceiling, the desired temp and humidity in the space and the outside temperatures, both summer and winter. Once the equipment is sized I usually provide a Good, Better and Best option for equipment choices. I also have some tools available that allow us to input the cost of the utilities and it will estimate the costs or operating the existing equipment and the proposed equipment. This will layout in black and white why buying a higher efficiency system saves money and increases home values. Then it is up the the customer...

How long is the typical installation process?

Depending on availability of the equipment, it could be as quick as same day or it could be up to a week or two to get special non stock equipment. A typical changeout is a one day job. As the installation gets more complex, zoning, new controls or new ductwork it could take two to three days on the job. I try to get a bid back within 48 hrs if the current system is running.

What is the typical price range of having one installed?

A changeout could be as low as $3000.00 and depending on the size of the equipment, efficiency and installed options it could exceed $15,000.00.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

Email or phone



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