Find the Best Heating, Air Conditioning & Ventilation Contractors in Contra Costa CountyHeating, air conditioning, and the ventilation systems behind both can make or break the comfort of your home. HVAC contractors in Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon and Richmond and throughout all of Contra Costa County will come to your home and make sure your central air conditioning and heating systems work properly to ensure your comfort.
The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best HVAC contractors in Contra Costa County and issues related to hiring for heating & air.
Updated May 6, 2015
|Sobotka Air Systems|
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2355 Whitman Rd # E
Concord, CA 94518
State Contractor's License #348432
Areas Served: Contra Costa County incl. Concord CA, Walnut Creek CA, San Ramon CA, Richmond CA, ...
Services: HVAC contractors for heating systems & repair, air conditioning systems and a/c ...
Key Brands: Carrier Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Systems (Carrier Air Conditioning),...
|Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating|
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3333 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94703
State License #414359 (C36,C20)
Areas Served: Bay Area & Contra Costa incl. Concord CA, San Ramon CA, Walnut Creek CA, Danville CA
Services: heating & air contractors, furnace repair, new furnaces, air conditioning repair, ...
Key Brands: Bosch, Bradford White Water Heaters, Delta Faucet Company, Grohe (Grohe Plumbing ...
|Henry Heating Air Conditioning|
783 Kern St
Richmond, CA 94805
Areas Served: Concord CA, Richmond CA, Antioch CA, San Ramon CA, Walnut Creek CA, Pittsburg CA
|El Cerrito Heating & Sheet Metal|
1518 Kearney St
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Areas Served: Walnut Creek, Moraga, Concord CA, Orinda, Richmond CA, Pittsburg, Blackhawk
|A C Heating & Air Conditioning Services|
Richmond, CA 94803
Areas Served: Richmond CA, Blackhawk, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill CA, Danville CA
|Booth Hvac & P Mechanical|
6050 Monterey Ave
Richmond, CA 94805
Areas Served: San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Richmond CA, Blackhawk, Danville CA, Concord CA
HVAC contractors in Contra Costa County are required to have a state contractor's license for your protection, such as the C20 license for heating, air conditioning, and ventilation specifically. If heating and air contractors in Contra Costa County CA have employees, they're required to have workers' compensation insurance for your protection because if a worker is injured on your property and the company doesn't have worker's comp, you could be liable to pay for the injuries.
Contractors licensed for HVAC in Contra Costa County are not required by law to have general liability insurance; however, all those bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 designation have general liability insurance coverage which reimburses their client in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 such as our research phone calls to their previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.
HVAC Contractors in Contra Costa County Provide Numerous Heating & Air Conditioning Services
Heating, air conditioning, and ventilation contractors in Contra Costa County perform specialty tasks that are beyond amateur repairman abilities. When considering HVAC contractors, keep in mind the climate in which you live, and if there are areas within your home or business that are difficult to ventilate. HVAC contractors in Contra Costa County rely on this information to take the appropriate measures for installation of air conditioning units, furnaces, heater installation, ducts, home cooling systems and all types of ventilation systems for homes and businesses.
Good HVAC contractors in Contra Costa County provide HVAC repair or maintenance for several commercial or residential applications, such as central heating and air systems, general duct cleaning and repair, reconditioned air, radiant heating, geo-exchange systems, and radiant floor heating.
Some HVAC contractors will perform duct cleaning or repair and can even design and build a new energy-efficient air conditioning system or heating and cooling system for your home or business.
Choosing a New HVAC System in Contra Costa County
An HVAC contractor will measure each room to be serviced by a climate control system. Knowing the total volume to be heated or cooled allows them to figure the load, meaning how much power your system would need. They should also take into account your type of insulation, window space, and local climate data.
Next, the HVAC experts will determine the best location for your system. The amount of work an air conditioning unit will have to do can depend on where it's located, such as whether or not it's somewhere shady.
Air Conditioner Repair
An HVAC contractor should be used for any air conditioning repair and service other than routine cleaning, as the main components are sealed, and complex.
Central air conditioners usually are connected to a home's forced-air distribution system, if the home has one. The two main components of a central air conditioner are the condenser and the evaporator. The condenser unit is usually outside the home on a cement slab. The evaporator coil is in the duct above the furnace. Hot air is cooled by the evaporator as it flows through the return-air duct to the furnace. If the air conditioner unit outside works but isn't cooling the house, the problem is probably in this distribution system where the evaporator is located.
Central air conditioners should be inspected and adjusted by an HVAC contractor before the beginning of every cooling season.
Forced Air Heating - Forced air heating systems are the most common type of home heating system and tend to be the least expensive. Air is heated in a furnace and then distributed through the building or home via air ducts. Different furnaces use different fuels, such as propane, oil, natural gas, or electricity. A forced air heating system requires air ducts, which take up space in your building or walls, and it requires regular air filter changes.
Radiant Heating System - Radiant heating simply refers to the direct transfer of heat, such as from a stove. Hot water tubing in a floor also comes under this category, in which case the hot water is heated by a boiler. These radiant heating systems tend to be more expensive to install than a forced air heating system, and will require separate ductwork for your air conditioning system.
Hydronic Heating (Hot Water Baseboard) - Although this uses hot water heated by a boiler similar to an in-floor radiant heating system, the hot water is piped to baseboard units mounted along your walls which have fins that heat the surrounding air, which then rises to heat the room. Not every company licensed for HVAC does this so look specifically for hydronic heating contractors in Contra Costa County.
Steam Radiant Heating - Cast-iron steam radiators can still be found in older buildings or homes but are rarely installed new anymore. They tend to be considered bulky and unsightly by modern standards and can be replaced with vertical wall panel radiators, such as are often seen in apartments.
Geothermal Heating - Geothermal heating and cooling in the form of a GHP (Geothermal Heat Pump) is the newest technology. Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the constant temperature several feet underground with water pipes running from a heat pump above ground to several feet below ground where it is cooler. A GHP is more energy efficient than other systems can can save 30%-70% on home heating or 20%-50% on home cooling according to the EPA, but are 50-100% more expensive to install, with a 3-ton GHP system costing $5,000-$10,000 more than a heat pump system that runs on air. With an annual energy savings of $350-$1,500, it can be many years before the additional expense of purchase and installation is recouped. Ask your local HVAC contractors in Contra Costa County how much experience they have with GHP systems and how much in annual energy savings has been experienced by their customers in your area and climate.
Some HVAC Contractors in Contra Costa County CA Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these HVAC contractors in Contra Costa County: Sobotka Air Systems, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating, Henry Heating Air Conditioning, El Cerrito Heating & Sheet Metal, A C Heating & Air Conditioning Services, Booth Hvac & P Mechanical, Koam HVAC/R Co, Kel-Aire Heating & Air Conditioning, Bill Ingraham Air Conditioning & Heating, Air Control Inc. Other contractors for heating & air in Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon and Richmond CA that might still be in business include: Ceridono Heating & Cooling Inc. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning - HVAC Contractors in Contra Costa County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.
Step 1: Know What You Need From the Best HVAC Contractors in Contra Costa County
Explain what type of heating, air conditioning, and ventilation work is involved. Since you aren't the contractor, it's understood that you have limited knowledge of your HVAC system. In this case, your description should basically include any problems you've encountered and your climate preferences. Be prepared to be consistent in the way that you present the information so each heating, air conditioning, and ventilation contractor will have an opportunity to offer an equally informed time and cost projection for your job.
Step 2: Answer Questions from Good Heating, Air Conditioning & Cooling Contractors & Take Notes
Listen carefully to the questions each HVAC contractor asks. Document the varying concerns of each professional heating, and air conditioning contractor. Note the level of detail and the amount of time he's willing to devote to you. It will help you assess his proficiency and work ethic.
Step 3: Questions to Ask Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Contractors
You can make a list of questions for the best heating and air contractors based on the notes you've taken and the basic information you've gathered. Supplement your own ideas with the questions we've listed below.
• How long have they been doing HVAC in Contra Costa County specifically? (Different regions have their own unique weather that will effect choices in equipment and installation method. The length of experience doing heating & air in your location specifically shows familiarity with these aspects.)
• How many installations have they done similar to yours, in terms of size of job, residential versus commercial, etc.?
• Can they give you names and numbers of customers who had a similar kind of installation done who you can call as references? (All heating & air contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• Will they provide a written estimate that is detailed, including brand names and product numbers of the equipment, as well as the type of material and amount used for installation? (This is key because cheap HVAC contractors in Contra Costa County often only seem cheaper because they are skimping on labor, materials, or are quoting an inferior unit.)
• What are the manufacturer warranties on any new unit to be installed?
• Do they provide a written warranty for their labor, aside from manufacturer warranties?
• Will permits be needed? If so, will the contractors be responsible for getting them or do they leave that up to you?
• Can the company show that all employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All HVAC contractors in Contra Costa County bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an obligation to only hire documented workers.)
• Will they show you proof of active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All heating & air companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
When you've chosen the best heating & air contractors in Contra Costa County for your specific needs, make sure they are properly licensed by the State of California. (All HVAC contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
Associations & Licensing for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning in Contra Costa County
ABPA American Backflow Prevention Association (http://www.abpa.org/)
ACCA Air Conditioning Contractors of America (http://www.acca.org/)
ASC Associated Specialty Contractors (http://www.assoc-spec-con.org/)
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, and Air Conditioning Engineers
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com/)
CALSMACNA California Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
CSLB Contractors State License Board (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
MCAA Mechanical Contractors Association of America (http://www.mcaa.org/)
NBBPVI National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (http://www.nationalboard.org/)
PHCCA Heating, Cooling Contractors Association (http://www.phccweb.org/)
Media & Web Resources for HVAC Services in Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon and Richmond
Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Magazine
Home Energy Magazine
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Contractors in Contra Costa County within the following zip codes:
94807, 94519, 94511, 94583, 94805, 94553, 94556, 94597, 94524, 94802, 94565, 94804, 94528, 94506, 94520, 94526, 94850, 94507, 94522, 94569, 94514, 94806, 94803, 94808, 94547, 94582, 94521, 94595, 94561, 94518, 94598, 94820, 94513, 94530, 94575, 94527, 94596, 94572, 94517, 94564, 94531, 94570, 94548, 94509, 94516, 94563, 94523, 94525, 94801 and 94549
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Alamo CA
Elliott Air Systems Alamo CA 94507
Massone Mechanical Inc Alamo CA 94507
Western Air Conditioning Co Alamo CA 94507
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Antioch CA
Air Cold Supply Antioch CA 94509
Air Conditioning & Heating Antioch CA 94509
Air Master Antioch CA 94509
Beutler HVAC Antioch CA 94509
Central Heating & Air Conditioning Antioch CA 94531
Diablo Valley Heating & Air Antioch CA 94509
Freschi Air Systems Inc Antioch CA 94509
Freschi Service Experts Antioch CA 94509
J&D Mechanical Service Antioch CA 94509
Jet HVAC Antioch CA 94509
M 2 General Co Antioch CA 94509
Monterey Mechanical Co Antioch CA 94509
Plummer's Heating Sheet Metal Antioch CA 94509
Pro Quality Mechanical Inc Antioch CA 94531
Simonsen Climate Control Antioch CA 94509
Tri-City Heating & Air Conditioning Antioch CA 94531
Zero Degrees Antioch CA 94509
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Bay Point CA
Apex Bay Point CA 94565
SA Heating & Air Conditioning Bay Point CA 94565
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Brentwood CA
Air Mechanics Heating & Air Brentwood CA 94513
All City Heating & Air Conditioning Brentwood CA 94513
Brentwood Sheet Metal Heating Brentwood CA 94513
Fairview Heating & Air Conditioning Brentwood CA 94513
Johnson Heating & Air Conditioning Brentwood CA 94513
K&M Mechanical Brentwood CA 94513
Mechanical Components & Service Brentwood CA 94513
Pro-Tech Heating & Air Conditioning Brentwood CA 94513
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Clayton CA
Polar Air Sheet Metal Clayton CA 94517
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Concord CA
AC Heating & Air Conditioning Service Concord CA 94521
AS Cooling & Heating Service Concord CA 94521
ACS Air Conditioning Systems Concord CA 94520
Allied Refrigeration Inc Concord CA 94520
Anchor Heating & Cooling Concord CA 94520
Baker Distributing Co Concord CA 94520
Bay Air Systems Concord CA 94520
Big Air Heating & Air Conditioning Concord CA 94518
Bortech Mechanical Concord CA 94518
Cal-Neva Environmental Systems Concord CA 94518
Commair Concord CA 94518
Compare Heating & Air Conditioning Concord CA 94520
Conditioned Air Mechanical Concord CA 94520
Contra Costa Climate Control Concord CA 94521
Contra Costa Heating & Air Concord CA 94521
Goodman Distribution Inc Concord CA 94520
High Performance Heating & Air Concord CA 94520
Ideal Service Co Concord CA 94520
Integrity Mechanical Service Inc Concord CA 94522
Marken Mechanical Service Concord CA 94520
Matrix Hg Inc Concord CA 94518
NK Heating & Air Conditioning Concord CA 94518
Prestige Heating & Air Conditioning Concord CA 94518
Romeros Heating & Air Conditioning Concord CA 94521
Rpm Heating & Air Conditioning Concord CA 94521
Rudy's Service Concord CA 94519
Slakey Brothers Inc Concord CA 94520
Sobotka Air Systems Concord CA 94518
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Danville CA
Airquest Danville CA 94526
California Air Inc Danville CA 94526
Thermal Logistics Danville CA 94526
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Discovery Bay CA
Ambient Air Heating & Cooling Discovery Bay CA 94505
Lakeview Mechanical Service Discovery Bay CA 94505
Neighborhood Sheet Metal Discovery Bay CA 94505
Pete's Heating & Cooling Discovery Bay CA 94505
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Hercules CADenmuller Mechanical Inc Hercules CA 94547
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Lafayette CA
Air Control Inc Lafayette CA 94549
Bill Ingraham Air Conditioning & Heating Lafayette CA 94549
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Martinez CA
Absolute Air Martinez CA 94553
Big Air Heating & Air Conditioning Martinez CA 94553
Diablo Valley Comfort Systems Martinez CA 94553
Hammer's Heating & Air Conditioning Martinez CA 94553
Martinez Sheet Metal Inc Martinez CA 94553
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Moraga CA
Moraga Heating & Air Conditioning Moraga CA 94570
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Oakley CA
Air One Oakley CA 94561
Cypress Air Oakley CA 94561
Fertado Heating & Air Oakley CA 94561
J&R Heating & A/C Oakley CA 94561
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Pacheco CA
All Bay HVAC & Construction Co Pacheco CA 94553
Connolly Heating & Air Conditioning Pacheco CA 94553
Green Air Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. Pacheco CA 94553
Haddon Heating & Cooling Pacheco CA 94553
Simonsen Air Conditioning Heating Pacheco CA 94553
Sullivan Heating & Air Pacheco CA 94553
Superior Mechanical Pacheco CA 94553
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Pittsburg CA
Air Time Service Pittsburg CA 94565
All City Heating & Air Conditioning Pittsburg CA 94565
Crane Heating & Air Conditioning Pittsburg CA 94565
Del Monte's Inc Pittsburg CA 94565
Golden State Service Co Pittsburg CA 94565
JB Air Pittsburg CA 94565
Mark's Heating & Sheet Metal Pittsburg CA 94565
Pacific Heating & Sheet Metal Pittsburg CA 94565
Premier Heating & Air Conditioning Pittsburg CA 94565
Stewart Heating & Air Pittsburg CA 94565
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Pleasant Hill CA
Excelcon Pleasant Hill CA 94523
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Richmond CA
Bay City Mechanical Inc Richmond CA 94804
Henry Heating Air Conditioning Richmond CA 94805
Independent Refrigeration Inc Richmond CA 94801
Phoenix Heating & Air Conditioning Richmond CA 94805
Systems Mechanical Inc Richmond CA 94804
Thermoguard California N Div Richmond CA 94801
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Rodeo CA
Kel-Aire Heating & Air Conditioning Rodeo CA 94572
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning San Pablo CA
Camon's Air Conditioning & Heating San Pablo CA 94806
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning San Ramon CA
BW Heating & Air San Ramon CA 94583
Legacy Mechanical & Energy San Ramon CA 94583
Moore Mechanical Service San Ramon CA 94583
Service Champions Heating & Air San Ramon CA 94583
Temperature Technology Inc San Ramon CA 94583
HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Walnut Creek CA
Air Con Mechanical Service Walnut Creek CA 94596
American Mechanical Service Walnut Creek CA 94595
Summitteers Radiant Heat Walnut Creek CA 94595
Walnut Creek Sheet Metal, Furnace & Air Conditioning Walnut Creek CA 94595