Excellent service at a fair price. Air conditioning and Heater repair & replacement.
Our customer’s love our attention to detail and care that we give on every job!
Preventive maintenance now can save a lot of money later.
Heating and air services offered:
Limited time: We are currently offering
the “Best price guarantee”on furnace and AC replacement.
Little River Heat And Air is a full service repair and replacement HVAC company. When it comes to your home’s heating and air conditioning system, it is important to hire someone you can trust. I have a long list of satisfied customers that are happy to provide references.
- I am a licensed and insured mechanical contractor (HVAC contractor)
- I am EPA certified
- I am a graduate of Tennessee Valley Technical Programs HVAC school
- Being a small company allows me to be personally involved with every job(so you’ll know its done right),it also allows me to offer my services at a slightly lower price point than the other local companies.
- Most maintenance and repair work is done by me personally, for bigger jobs, I have an excellent support staff to assist me.
Your cooling system can lose up to 5% of its efficiency every year it misses a tune-up. Preventing a breakdown, instead of fixing it after it happens, could prevent your water pipes from freezing, which have the potential to cause enormous damage to your house, when they get around to thawing.
Bad capacitors in your HVAC system can cause your fan motors ect. to burn out. Checking and replacing capacitors that are about to go bad is relatively inexpensive,when compared to the expense of replacing a motor.
A compressor that is running in a system with too little refrigerant (Freon) can be damaged, or burn out completely.
Furnace Efficiencies and AC SEER ratings explained for the Overland Park and Kansas City area
When replacing your furnace or air conditioner the first decision you will need to make is what efficiency rating you want your new equipment to have. This decision will be different depending on your personal priorities and budget.
- Generally speaking the upfront cost, and cost of ownership of ultra high efficiency equipment Is much higher than the cost of entry or mid level equipment; however if the environment is high priority for you, then you should buy the highest efficiency equipment you can afford. When considering your budget, and what efficiency rating you want your new equipment to have things get a little more complicated. Gas furnaces are more straightforward so we will start there.
- Gas furnaces are rated with a percentage of efficiency. An 80% furnace blows 80 cents of each dollar you spend on gas into the house and 20 cents goes out the chimney.
- A 96% furnace puts 96 cents of heat into the house, and 4 cents goes out the flue pipe (chimney).
If you currently have an 80% efficient furnace and want to replace it with a 96% efficient furnace, the total cost of replacement would increase by around $800. The money you save with the more efficient furnace will pay off this extra investment in 10 years.
2. If you are short term budget minded, replace your furnace with the same efficiency you currently have.
3. If you are long term budget minded, upgrading your furnace efficiency can be a good option *exception: if you are having problems with your B vent, upgrading your furnace is often more cost effective than replacing the B vent.
Air Conditioner SEER ratings
The easiest way to understand SEER ratings is to think of them just like miles per gallon on a car. Just like a car, an air conditioner does not run at its maximum mpg all the time. Once again, your decision about SEER ratings should be guided by your personal goals and budget. In the Kansas City | Overland Park area, actually in both Kansas and Missouri, the government sets the minimum efficiency for new air conditioners at 13 SEER. This is a significant upgrade to most older systems. Our price for a new 16 SEER system is typically around $600 more than a 13 SEER AC. This extra investment will pay for itself in savings over a 5 year period.
- If you are short term budget minded, or want the lowest upfront cost, 13 seer equipment should be your choice.
- If you are long term budget minded, you should choose 16 seer equipment.
- If you have the budget for it, and want to help the environment you should consider 18-21 SEER equipment.
In the Kansas City area, at certain times of the year we are exposed to a lot of allergens. A decent air filter will remove most of these, making the air we breath in our houses much better. Problems can arise when air leaks around an improperly fitting air filter, or through cracks in your return air ductwork. When this happens, the air we breath is not being cleaned as well as it could be. This ” leaking” air will also allow your indoor coil to collect dirt faster reducing efficiency. These problems can often be remedied with some small changes.
If you have gas heat, a carbon monoxide reading should be taken during your fall system checkup. Sometimes people who have flu-like symptoms through the winter, and just think they get sick easily, can actually be suffering from low level carbon monoxide exposure due to a cracked heat exchanger. A leaking heat exchanger should always be changed , to protect the health(and lives) of you and your loved ones. If you have gas heat, carbon monoxide detectors are highly recommended. You can get them cheap at home depot or lowes, or your HVAC tech can install them for you.This is a serious topic as carbon monoxide is an odorless colorless gas that can kill you. If you have gas heat, either buy a carbon monoxide detector or have an HVAC tech install one.
United Technologies Corp owns/makes: Carrier, Bryant, Payne, ComfortMaker, Heil, plus a couple more. Daikin Global makes: Daikin, Goodman, and Amana. Lennox International makes: Lennox, Concord, Armstrong Air, Ducane, and Aire-flo. Rheem Manufacturing Company makes: Rheem and Ruud. Ingersoll Rand makes: American Standard, and Trane. Johnson Controls makes: York, Luxaire, and Coleman. You get the idea that there are just a handful of companies that manufacture nearly all the different brands. All the warranties are very similar or identical. Most all of the parts that make these different brands function are also very similar or identical, many parts are even sourced from the same third party manufacturers. The different brands all offer entry-level thru high end equipment. There are some pros and cons across the board, but how do you choose? One thing they all agree on is that this number one factor affecting reliability (more important than brand) is having a skilled competent installer who doesn’t cut corners do the work, and then keep the maintenance up to date. Here at Little River Heat And Air we will install any brand you want, however we get the best pricing from suppliers we have bought volume from. Please call with any questions, or to discuss your HVAC needs.