Fully Insured Exemplary Heating and Air Conditioning Company in 95642, California.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Welcome to Performance Based heating and Air, are you interested in fewer breakdowns? Longevity of equipment? Energy consumption? Comfort? Then I encourage you to read some of my home page and navigate through the site. There is Facebook and YouTube available from here as well.
WHAT WE DO
We specialize in Service/Repair, Installation of new equipment, Duct design and installation, Change outs, Mini splits, New construction(Although rare, I’ll explain below), Renovations, Add-ons, Heat load calculations, Evaporative coolers, Gas furnaces, Heat pumps, Package units.
THE PRICE SHOPPER
Have you ever gone to different dealerships to buy a car? Or found something on eBay or amazon that costs less then everywhere else? Maybe even scored a deal with something lightly used for half price? Well I can honestly say I sure have, and I’ll do it again I’m sure. This is what many people call price shopping, and I honestly don’t see anything wrong with it. That car that you shopped around for, that toaster, coffee pot, refrigerator, washer & dryer, well these things are plug and play items, so no matter where you buy them they are all going to be equal. The same car sold at 6 car lots is the same car and it doesn’t matter which lot you buy from, so it makes total sense to buy from the one offering the best deal. That toaster just plugs into the wall and you’re good to go. But buying a heating and air conditioning unit? Well it’s a different story! This system has to be put together, and while it might seem like an easy task, it takes real talent to install a system that performs at manufacturer specifications. If you are looking for a company to install a system for you, please continue to read down below as I will lay out what makes a Contractor good. Whether you use me or someone else at least you will have enough information to make an educated decision. But first let me talk about service/repair work, and a few things to watch out for.
I charge a $90 service call fee, meaning the minimum payment is going to be $90. I do not charge $90 per hour, meaning if it takes me 3 hours to figure out what’s wrong it’s still $90. Parts replacements are all flat rate prices, so once I know what’s wrong I will tell you what it costs to repair. The $90 service call fee is tied into the repair cost if a repair is needed, so if a contactor is bad the repair cost would be $225 TOTAL. If you decided to not do the repair it would be the $90. I accept checks, cash, and credit cards.
I am a N.A.T.E(North American Technical Excellence) certified technician, I hold 6 certifications. I am NCI(National Comfort Institute) certified, I hold 4 certifications. Both are nationally recognized HVAC certifications. I am the only certified member listed in the entire Motherlode for both entities. That’s like saying I’m the only ASC mechanic in the Motherlode. Kind of shows the quality of the HVAC field in our area.
I have been to so many training classes, have years of schooling and continue on a daily basis to study the HVAC trade, a student of the trade if you will. And I have resources at my fingertips with hundreds of years of collective experience I can tap into, none of them are local. There just isn’t any good information to be found on this mountain; everybody I have met uses rules of thumb and bad practices.
I won’t turn anybody loose to work for my company without proper training or shadowing; my brother is currently training with me now and will not be in a service van by himself until completing 1 year of training with me. I don’t believe that a customer should pay for someone’s education by allowing them to practice on their equipment. The problem with service technicians learning on your equipment is they become what we call in the industry professional parts changers; they don’t know what’s wrong so throw a few parts at it to find out. If they can’t fix it they’ll punt and try to sell new equipment. And do you think that the company they work for is going to say anything about a technician with higher service call tickets? No! As a matter fact they encourage it. You won’t get that here, if I can’t diagnose the problem I won’t change a part without telling you what I found. And if you’re willing to go with me when I look at your system I encourage that too, you’re more than welcome to stay the entire time, ask me any questions you want, doesn’t bother me a bit.
Be aware of the sales tech, this is the guy dressed up as a technician but pitches sales, beware of the maintenance contract it’s just a way to practice their sales every 6 months. Beware of maintenance or service call fees that are too low, that is just a gimmick to get their foot in the door then they gouge you with repair prices or sell you things you don’t need to make up for the low fee they used to get in the door. Understand that the HVAC industry has turned into big time sales and they are smarter than you!
INSTALLATION OF NEW EQUIPMENT/WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A CONTRACTOR
Let’s start with what a new installation should look like.
1. Sit down and talk with customer to figure out what their needs and wants are!
2. Run a static pressure test on current system to see how much air the duct system is moving and whether there needs to be corrections made before installing new system.
3. Talk about the job, the design, the installation practices, NOT THE EQUIPMENT! The equipment is only as good as the install, practically all equipment, aside from one option or another is the same. If the contractor is telling you all about the equipment, the warranties, how long they been in business, and not about the technical aspects of the job, it’s because they don’t know what they are doing. Period! Any good tradesman will talk to you about the install, any good sales man will talk to you about the equipment.
4. Do a manual J load calculation to determine size of equipment needed
5. Do a manual D duct design to ensure new equipment is not stressed out and can move enough air.
6. Check refrigerant levels with superheat and subcooling
7. Check combustion analysis to ensure unit is heating properly and safely
8. Do a duct test and permit if required
9. Manual RS, commissioning of your work, testing to insure it is doing what you designed it to do. At the bare minimum, MAKE SURE YOU MAKE THEM DO A STATIC PRESSURE TEST. This is a very simple test to check if airflow is correct. Most equipment is designed to run at .50 and it says it right on the nameplate. Without the right airflow your system is going to be stressed out. If they don’t know what this test is, or can’t do it, RUN very fast.
10. I will discuss this stuff in more detail further down the page, now that you have this knowledge don’t tip your hand, let said contractor come in and talk to you about the job, let him get comfortable and do his sales pitch. THEN ask him about these things mentioned and see what he says! If he doesn’t know then you are not talking to a tradesman you’re talking to a sales man. It’s your money you’re spending, but I highly recommend finding another company. Sales men go to school to learn how to sell not install.
So how do you find a Contractor to do this job for you? Well you can start with 3 bids, but honestly you may not find anybody that knows what this stuff is if you did 10 bids. There is a lot of good Contractors out there don’t get me wrong, but we are badly out numbered. You can ask for references, check yelp, YP(yellow page reviews), Angies list, ask your friends, or even 3B ratings? Sure these are all great resources, but I’ve seen many of these very companies fail miserably installing equipment, and nobody knows because they don’t do any kind of testing to confirm their work. One might think that if someone has their contractor license they must know what they are doing, but in actuality the contractor’s test is hardly a test of knowledge. You need not prove HVAC competence to get an HVAC license! And those reviews your reading, well they likely came from awesome customer service!
Let me reiterate the price shopper. When looking for a contractor remember HE is the last person on the assembly line, HE is the one that puts it all together, and boy does that job matter. You can start off with a Porsche and end up with a lemon, and the likelihood that with all your research and prepping it still happens is high, very high!
In 2015 I tested approximately 350 units for proper airflow, meaning that they were moving manufacture designed airflow, 1 unit passed, a handful of about 10 came close. The rest failed miserably, and that means those units energy efficiency isn’t at design either. Stressed out equipment breaks down more frequently, doesn’t live as long as it should, leaves customers with comfort issues and noise issues, and increases run times which increase energy consumption. It’s bad, really bad! And these are from companies with rave reviews, been around for decades.
Let’s talk about equipment brands because of course we want the best, the most reliable, so which one is it? I might burst your bubble but they are all the same! The equipment doesn’t matter, the installation and everything attached to that equipment matters. A good contractor can take any equipment and make it work great. But like I said before it takes real skill to do it right.
Good contractors are in high demand, the time, money and effort used to do a good install is considerably more than those contractors that slap it in. While my prices are often higher than the hacks price, he is making more on the job than me because I use quality products and don’t cut corners, and my time there is ultimately a lot longer than his. The homeowner and the equipment are the real losers in this scenario. The real danger in having a contractor work/install your equipment is not paying too much, but rather paying too little. This is why I don’t do work for many general contractors or new construction, these jobs go to the lowest bidder and I’m not willing to compromise my morals to meet someone’s bid. It costs what it costs to do it right.
So what consists of a good install? Or maybe I should say what do I do that is different than other HVAC companies?
1. Once I know what the customer wants and we have agreed upon the price and work I start with a heat load calculation of the home. This is a measurement of the exterior and sometimes interior of the home. R-values for insulation in walls, doors, windows, siding, and attic are calculated. As well as how the sun hits the home, the size of the windows, and what kind of blinds you have. This information is loaded into software which determines what size equipment I need to install. This calculation is done with ACCA approved software, not some phone app or piece of paper.
2. Next we do a manual D duct design, using the information from the heat load calc we now know how big the ducts need to be to accommodate the airflow for the size of equipment you need. Without these being done it’s all a guess! You might have been told it works off of square footage but that is a big fat lie. A 2000sqft home built in 2010 would never need the same size air conditioner as a 2000sqft home built in 1960
3. Next I compare my heat load calculation to the equipment being installed, because it’s supposed to be 12,000btu per ton, but equipment doesn’t really delivery that. A 3 ton system may only delivery 33,000 out of the 36,000 it’s rated for. This is called manual S. Yes they have a manual for everything but you will be hard pressed to find a HVAC contractor that knows this.
4. We live in a dry climate, so we can run lots more air through an air conditioning system then a humid place. It’s rarely understood by other companies and even more rarely done, but I consistently design systems that push 550cfm per ton. Industry standard is 400cfm per ton and almost all of the systems in the motherlode that I tested are closer to 275-350cfm per ton. This is where that static pressure test needs to be done; it’ll tell you if your system is operating well or not so well.
5. I have to special order all kinds of stuff because our supply house doesn’t carry it. High performance evaporators, 20” ducts, 20” adjustable 90’s, R8 silver backed insulation, 20×36 filter grills. All the things needed to design and build a performance HVAC system.
6. I charge air conditioning systems using superheat and subcooling; this is the only way a system should be charged. Most techs use pressures, which is absurd and leads to under and overcharging and damaging of equipment.
7. I use a micron gauge to make sure the system doesn’t have any leaks. A micron gauge reads from -500 up to 1000 in increments of 10. Most companies don’t even own one and just use their refrigerant gauges which read -500 to 1000 in increments of 500. There’s just no way to pick up a small leak reading increments of 500.
8. I braze with nitrogen, this is not very well known either, but without it burned metal flakes will form inside your copper lines. So what I’m saying is when copper lines are welded without nitrogen being purged through the line, metal flakes will form and contaminate your system. They will mix with the refrigerant and move around the system. This is a great way to plug up your metering device and cause premature failure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpqxbc9XQ5Y
9. Ducts, by far this is the biggest problem I see in the field, any turns more than 45* get metal adjustable 90*s so the ducts don’t kink and decrease circumference and airflow. On average I use 20 adjustable 90*s per duct system. Very time consuming but imperative to meet the airflow budget. Ducts are pulled tight, strapped loosely, and laid on attic floor if in an attic to keep conduction loss down. I DO NOT USE DUCT TAPE. Duct tape loses its adhesive when heating, if you have duct tape holding your ducts together they will eventually come apart if they haven’t already.
10. I use mixing boxes/plenums for air returns and distributions. Many systems are built with ducts going right into the furnace or coming right out of the evaporator. Horrible design and once again is another airflow problem.
11. Again, the only guy around that is combustion analysis certified by NCI and Jim Davis. I check to ensure system is burning fuel safely and efficiently. I can check water heaters too.
If you can find a company that does some of this stuff you’re way ahead of most, but it may seriously take ten estimates before anybody talks about this kind of technical tradesman ship. If you’re interested in having me do it give me a call, best is to have this as a plan to do it in the off season as installs like this take about a week and I just can’t do them in the dead of summer or winter.
If you’re looking for Home performance, I have spoken and done some work with Tom Danielsen www.buildhomesgreen.com
out of Angels Camp. He is a general contractor that knows more about HVAC than any of the HVAC contractors. I promote his business 100%. Great guy does fabulous work.
He also follows the same practices I follow for HVAC installation.
95642 CA Heating Ventalation and Air Conditioning Repair
Reasons To Choose Performance Based Heating & Air in 95642 CA.
Do you need to have an air-conditioning system put into your home? Perhaps you want to do something more than add a couple of air-conditioning units in your windows. Many people will contact an HVAC professional that will be able to install a central heating and air system that will keep you warm during the winter and cool during the summer. The following information will show you why working with Performance Based Heating & Air may be the best decision that you can make to fulfill this objective.
A HVAC company is a business that can install a wide range of equipment that is designed to modify the temperature within your home. This equipment can also be used with large businesses and corporations, designed to maintain the equilibrium of the air within the structure that it is installed. This can be very inexpensive, costing just a few thousand dollars for a single family home, and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for a building. You will want to compare the different companies that are out there that offer this type of service, and in doing so, find a reputable business that offers excellent pricing.
Air Conditioning 95642
One of the primary reasons that people will contact an HVAC company is to install an air-conditioning system. There are a wide variety of different types including those that are powered by electricity, gas, propane, and those that transfer thermal energy. All of them can be installed in a relatively short amount of time, but it is recommended that you move forward with the project prior to summer approaching. This will give you time to assess the different companies that are out there, get multiple bids on how much it will cost, and then make the most appropriate choice. However, you may also want to contact one of these businesses that does repairs on an existing HVAC system that you have either recently installed that is having problems, or an older one that came with the home or building that you have acquired.
Air Conditioning Repair 95642
One of the most common problems with any heating and air-conditioning system is the AC unit going out. This can happen for a number of reasons including problems with the coolant, filter issues, or it could be the motor itself. Sometimes the issue is not mechanical but related to the ducting system that transfers the cold air to the different areas. Blockages can form over time requiring them to be cleaned, but of all of the problems, it is typically something electrically related. There are a few other reasons that you should contact a company that does air-conditioning repairs. This would include not having a backup system to keep your family or workers cool.for all installations, and also repairs, you really can’t go wrong with the Performance Based Heating & Air company that so many people recommend.
AC Repair 95642
The AC repair company that you call should have experience in handling all issues related to air-conditioning units, regardless of their size. If you have recently had one installed, you would simply have to call the same company that did the installation and take advantage of the warranty. Most companies will provide you with a minimum of six months of repairs and parts that you will not have to pay for, allowing you to get your brand-new system functioning once more. However, the problem in larger buildings may actually be the furnace if this is related to the heating system.
Furnace Repair 95642
A furnace can take quite a bit of time to fix if it is older. Many of the parts may not be readily available. Newer systems can be repaired quickly, particularly if they are very recent in their construction, requiring no more than a day to get things running once again. A furnace will typically last for a decade or more, pending that you actually are using one that has a significant amount of positive feedback from existing customers. You will want to choose a company to install one, if you do not have one, that is highly recommended and uses only the best systems available.
Air Conditioning Installation 95642
To install an air-conditioning unit, you will need to bring in a professional HVAC business that is operating in your area. As mentioned earlier, the timetable that you need to consider is how soon it will be until the hot summer months arrive. An example of this would be contacting businesses some time in late February in the northern hemisphere, allowing you time to receive estimates and get the company to start on the project. This will allow you to have everything installed, and ready to function, before April and May.
HVAC Repair 95642
HVAC companies can also do repairs on generate any type of heating and air-conditioning unit. It is recommended that you do have them come in for maintenance occasionally, making sure that small problems do not migrate into larger ones which could become very expensive. Most of the websites that you will find will state if they do offer repair services, allowing you to choose one very quickly. Always get estimates from each company that you find as this will typically save you hundreds of dollars.
Heating Repair 95642
When your heating system goes out, whether you are working with old-style baseboard heaters, or a central heating system, the HVAC business that you contact should know exactly how to repair everything so that it is functional. Sometimes the parts may take a few days to order if they are working with an older style unit, and they can also do simple heater repairs.
Heater Repair 95642
Unless you would prefer purchasing a new heating system, you might want to consider having one of the professionals that do HVAC repairs to come out to see what is wrong. It might be something as simple as your circuit breaker is not functioning, whereas it could also be a catastrophic failure within the system itself. You can discuss what type of heating system you have over the phone and they can give you a time when they can come out to see what is wrong. It might also be a good moment to ask about an air-conditioning unit installation if you do not have one currently at your location.
AC Installation 95642
If all you really need is an AC unit installed, you could have one done by one of these professionals. It is recommended that you use a central air unit if it is a large structure as it will cost far more to buy individual AC units. It is also recommended that you consider the possibility of installing both central heating and air. They can sometimes give you a much better deal if they are installing everything at the same time, plus they can use the equipment that will power both the heat and air-conditioning throughout your facility or home.
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This is a top choice with many people that are upgrading from simple heaters and window-based air-conditioning units because it is simply much easier to use. Some people still burn wood or pellets, and by shifting everything over to a system that is controlled by thermostat, this can save you a considerable amount of time and money. You will need to contact if you contractors to get estimates, but the end result is going to be exactly what you need to keep constant temperatures within your home, as long as it is done with a competent HVAC contractor.
HVAC Contractor 95642
These companies have years or decades of experience in most cases. In fact, the combined experience of the owner of the company, as well as all of the workers could be several decades, making sure that you get the best possible service. They will be able to work up an estimate for how much it will cost to install everything, even if you also need a furnace.
Furnace Installation 95642
When you decide to go with a furnace installation, this is likely a decision that you will make for a larger facility such as a school or office building. It’s simply a much more economical choice, and the reliability factor associated with a modern furnace typically motivates business owners to consider this option.
Heat Pump Installation 95642
Another popular way to heat a structure is to have a heat pump installed. It simply takes the outside air and brings it into the structure in order to create much more desirable temperatures. This is used in conjunction with the HVAC installation and can actually save you quite a bit of money. This is a choice that many people make when they are trying to install something that is as efficient as possible.
HVAC Company 95642
Once you have all of your estimates in, you can then choose the HVAC company that you believe will do the best job. This final choice is going to be the result of considering how much money they are charging, how long it will take, and the type of equipment that they will be installing in 95642 CA.
AC Company 95642
If all you need is an air-conditioning unit, this is an option that you can take advantage of. Sometimes there are sales that are available from different HVAC contractors, and you can end up saving thousands of dollars. It is also possible that you may get a personal recommendation from a business owner that you know, or a friend that has recently used a top company that can help you with your air-conditioning unit. It really does pay to spend a little bit of extra time looking for the best air-conditioning company for repairs and installations.
Air Conditioning Company 95642
The AC company that you choose needs to have a good reputation in the community, one that exemplifies their ability to do good work and do so for an affordable price. Whether you are choosing one of these businesses to install a heating system, or a new central air system with ducting, you can determine which one will work the best based upon all of the estimates that you will receive.
For all of these reasons, you should consider contacting the Performance Based Heating & Air company that has a very good reputation. They are known for their low prices, excellent service, and their guarantee that what they install is going to last. They can also do repairs on your heating and air-conditioning units, and will definitely to their best to conform to your needs. Once they are done, you will certainly be glad that you contacted the Performance Based Heating & Air company, a business that you can trust in 95642 CA.
Excellence In HVAC Installation
Heating and air is complicated. If you need anything from reliable maintenance to repairs and installation of a new heating and air system, do not leave it up to chance. Who you hire matters a great deal more than the equipment they install. Equipment performance relies on accurate installation.
Locating a company with technicians who have a dedication to being some of the best in the business is as simple as stopping here . While there are plenty of semi-good pros out there, it can cost a pretty penny to get one who underperforms and does not know HVAC like we do.
Part And Parcel
Where parts are concerned, it is important to have a professional who can evaluate your heating and air system. Not just to lubricate and clean off parts, either.
Maintenance is a great time to catch potential issues and stretch out the life of a system. Even so, sometimes it’s time to invest in a new system. We do maintenance and repairs, but also design duct systems, and perform an installation. We also perform change outs and mini splits. We perform heat load calculations, work with gas furnaces, heat pumps, and package units, and evaporative coolers too.
Why Not Repair It?
Matching up an old heat pump from 30 years ago with a mechanical fit according to the manufacturer’s specifications is challenging. Even worse, it may not be worth the money and time. Why? A newer machine is significantly more efficient, and the heat pump’s days are already numbered; meaning, it could die any day.
We are skilled and can put together parts for you as in the above example. Because we have that first-hand experience and ability, we will tell you when it makes more financial sense to invest in a new system.
The Installation Process
The good part is if you live in Tuolumne or Calaveras counties in California, you are in luck. We gladly serve your areas.
Even if you are not living in our area, we want to share with you how important it is to ensure the right process is in play when buying a new system. We start out by interviewing our customers to find out what they need and want. Then we check static pressure to determine whether we need to tweak the duct system to increase air flow. We do that before installing a new system.
We focus on meeting your needs by explaining how the system installation is conducted. The quality of the installation matters more than the equipment. The equipment is a machine whose manufacturers provide expected output. The installation is the variable that can make or break the quality of the machine’s efforts.
We do not waste breath talking about warranties (they all come with them) or our years of experience (it means nothing). When we do an installation we focus on explaining the process to you and conduct tests to find out the home’s needs. To configure the system, we check to make sure it is living up to the standards of the equipment and needs of the homeowner.
We do a manual J load calculation and then a manual D duct design. Together this will establish the right equipment to move air throughout your home. We look at refrigerant levels, perform combustion analysis to establish the unit is heating properly. And then, when we are done with the rest of the installation we leave you in peace to enjoy your new system.