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Air Conditioner Financing

We realize not everyone has the money to pay for a new air conditioner up front, or you may not want to wipe out your savings account when your system needs to be replaced.  That’s why TOBIN is offering our best financing offer yet!  Find out how you can get a new, high-efficiency unit with 0% financing for 5 years AND payments as low as $58/month. Very affordable.

Air Conditioner Financing Typical air conditioners have an average lifespan of 10-15 years.  If your system is this age or needs repairs often, you may want to consider replacing it.  And chances are, the old system you are running is wasting money in utility costs.

Depending on what you want, central air or a ductless mini-split system, we will help you choose a new unit to replace your current AC that also fit your budget.  At TOBIN Heating & Air Conditioning, we can assist you in deciding what unit best fits your needs.  With the technological advances, you can now control and monitor your AC system even when you are not home.

TOBIN offers FREE in-home installation estimates with highly-skilled technicians.  We NEVER use the strong arm sales approach where you feel pushed into buying something you may not want or need.  The technician will discuss the operating costs savings you will experience (and be able to calculate on your utility bill) from replacing an older inefficient system with a new one.

Financing offers on many brands of equipment and specials are running now, so call today and get your FREE in-home estimate scheduled with an experienced TOBIN technician, who does not work on commission.

*Financing approval dependent on creditworthiness. Restrictions may apply. Cannot be combined with another offer. Valid during normal business hours only. Must present at the time of service. Call for details.

Air Conditioning Installation, High Efficiency vs. Low Efficiency Systems

With the heat waves of Denver fast approaching, you may want to consider a new air conditioning system being installed in your home.  We highly recommend replacing any AC system older than 15 years, even if it seems to work just fine.  The problem with older air conditioning systems is operating cost.  They are simply inefficient.

By today’s standards, inefficiency wastes so much energy and new industry standards implemented just 10 years ago applicable to an AC system SEER rating or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating have improved significantly.

Think of SEER ratings the same way MPG ratings for cars, but instead think of BTU’s per watt. 

Back 10 years ago, new AC systems minimum SEER rating was increased to 13 SEER on all manufactured AC products.  A huge increase from the 10 SEER rating previously implemented.  To break that down and really know what we are talking about we will use a 3 ton or 36,000 BTU system with a 15 SEER rating.

First, we divide BTU’s produced by the stated SEER rating. IE: 36,000 (3 tons) divided by 15 SEER = 2400 (watts).  We must then convert watts to the figure used by your energy company by then dividing that number by 1000 = 2.4 Kwh (2.4 one thousand-watt units). You see this noted on your Xcel Energy bill.

Then, determining the number of annual hours used by the operation of your air conditioner based on your geographical region.  Using Colorado for example, air conditioning systems operate on average 2500 hours annually.  So, then multiply the Kwh X 2500 hours = 6000 Kwh annual consumption.  Our studies show that Xcel customers pay 12.7 cents per Kwh, including taxes/fees.

6000 Kwh consumed annually X 12.7 cents per Kwh = $762 (enter in your calculator as 6000 X .127 to avoid confusing decimals and zeros). So annual cost is $762 for operation for a 3-ton, 15 SEER air conditioners.

A quick formula for each SEER option offered is as follows:

  • 13 SEER = $879
  • 14 SEER = $816
  • 16 SEER = $714
  • 23 SEER = $497

Now, just for grins (or cringes, depending on what your system SEER rating is) …what about an older 8 SEER air conditioning system annual operating cost, based on the average consumption?

36,000 divided by 8 = 4500 divided by 1000 = 4.5 Kwh X 2500 hours = 11,500 X .127 =

$1428.75 = 8 SEER Annual Operating Cost

Call TOBIN today and have us out for a free in-home air conditioning system replacement estimate.

 

Air Conditioner Installation Cost

A new central AC cost starts at $4275, Lennox brand 14ACX 2.5 ton, installed.
Standard installation, permit and electrical upgrades extra, more high efficiency options available, call for details.
This includes a standard installation with no extras. Any code upgrades or additional work such as new duct-work are extra. If you are wondering what the biggest factor is in the cost of a furnace it is the brand.  We can help you choose the best furnace for your situation when you give us a call. We offer financing on air conditioners as well.  If you are looking for pricing on a commercial air conditioner installation please call as for a quote.

Most furnace and a/c replacement are covered with a 10 year parts and 1 year labor warranty.

  • All installs are up to code for the city or county that you are in.
  • We carry most brands of equipment.  Most installs are custom based on the needs and design of your home.
  • We  install traditional or state of the art wireless thermostats to enable an a/c to be added as well.

This pricing is in effect through 2019.

We get most of our new business from referrals from happy clients.  We are regularly told that our bid for a new furnace installation is 15%  to 30% less than our competitors.  So we end up saving our clients a thousand dollars or more most of the time.

Currently, you can earn up to $600 in rebates for high-efficiency cooling systems from Xcel energy. We are a select contractor who can help you get this rebate. Plus you can receive up to $200 more when you purchase an Amana or Lennox A/C system when you use our coupon. Valid through 2019 or until Xcel energy removes this rebate.

TOBIN Celebrating 65 years in business!

As the 3rd generation of owners operating TOBIN Heating & Air Conditioning, we still enforce TOBIN’s original mission: “Quality and Service.”  With the longevity, that mission was stretched into “Quality and Service since 1954.” 

We want to build customer relationships for life.  We strive daily to please our customers and impress people with how we handle ourselves.  The number of word-of-mouth referrals we are given from satisfied customers says it all, TOBIN knows how to do things right! TOBIN takes care of its customers, that’s the only way you can be in business for 65 years. We prioritize customer satisfaction.

We partner with the best equipment in the industry.  We can back, along with the manufacturer, our preferred equipment with a 10 Years Parts and optional 10-year Labor Warranty*. That puts our customers’ minds at ease and that has always been a goal for the company.  With a good quality installation and regular maintenance, the customer mind is eased they are not going to have expensive repairs.

We keep up with technological advances, whether it is the latest smart thermostat or newest filtration technique, we are in the know.  We send our Technicians to be educated on the newest trends and obtain licenses and authorization to offer those high-tech, state-of-the-art products.

We employ highly trained technicians: all of TOBIN Technicians are NATE-certified, having graduated from HVAC school and beyond.  They get in-field experience and continuous education to maintain such credentials.

We offer affordable HVAC service and installs, financing also available.

  • A+ rating with the BBB
  • Licensed and insured HVAC contractors
  • Over 65 years industry experience
  • A.T.E certified company
  • Family owned and operated
  • Flexible appointments
  • Prompt service
  • Flexible Financing options
  • 10-year parts and labor warranty* (additional cost on labor warranties)
  • We service all makes & models
  • Wide selection of parts and equipment

R22 or Freon is being phased out

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010 and it is in need of repairs than you should read this article to save yourself some money.  Older A/C use R22 refrigerant which is a chemical gas that keeps the cold air coming out from your air conditioning system. Almost all air conditioning units older than 2010 use an AC refrigerant called R22 that’s also called Freon, and is noted by the EPA as HCFC-22.

R22 refrigerant is aiding in the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. The EPA in cooperation with other agencies around the world started a phase out of many ozone-depleting agent as part of an international agreement known as the Montreal Protocol.  By 2010 the production and import of R22 charged units became prohibited, still allowing the production of “dry units”. The production and import of R22 will be reduced by law until 2020.  At this time all production and import will be completely eliminated.

If your A/C equipment was produced prior to January 2010 your best option is to buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system that uses R410a. Tobin Heating & Air Conditioning has financing options that help make the purchase affordable.

Currently, you can earn up to $600 in rebates for high-efficiency cooling systems from Xcel energy. We are a select contractor who can help you get this rebate. Plus you can receive up to $200 more when you purchase an Amana or Lennox A/C system when you use our coupon.

When is it time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

There are several factors to consider when deciding whether or not you need to replace your air conditioner, the first being the age of the A/C unit. Most A/C units usually last about 15 years, so if your system is approaching the 10 plus year mark you should look at your options for A/C replacement. Instead of spending a lot of money fixing an old system now is the time to get a brand energy efficient system today.

You can see more information here:

http://tobinair.com/air-conditioning-repair/air-conditioner-replacement-denver-metro/

Denver’s Most Trusted & Affordable HVAC Service since 1954 guaranteed.

TOBIN employs HVAC master technicians who are highly trained in their profession and are capable of performing their work at an entirely higher level than most technicians.  All of our technicians are clean-cut, uniformed, and licensed. In most cases, we can respond to your service needs immediately, seven days a week. We guarantee to stand behind every job we perform and fix any problem.

Denver's Most Trusted & Affordable HVAC Service since 1954 guaranteed.

We offer the following warranties on all of our installations.

With every installation of new HVAC equipment, a furnace, air conditioning system, water heater or humidifier, TOBIN offers a 1-year labor warranty, assuming proper maintenance is being performed.  The  equipment manufacturer offers either a 5 or 10 year parts warranty accompanying the equipment, non-maintenance.

 

  • Most furnaces and air conditioners are 10 years.
  • Water heaters are 6 years parts.
  • All residential rooftop equipment is 5 years.
  • All installs are up to code for the city or county that you are in.

 

On HVAC repairs, with exception of leaks in A/C’s ,  including blower motors, inducer motors, gas valves and igniters we provide a 90 day warranty.  If the same part fails,(within 1 year) we will get the part covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.

 

We get most of our new business from referrals from happy clients.  We are regularly told that our bid for a new furnace installation was 15%  to 30% less than our competitors.  So we end up saving our clients a thousand dollars or more most of the time.

We’re known as “The Technicians You Want in Your Home” and our all of our technicians are clean-cut, uniformed, drug tested, wear ID Badges and are licensed.

Our Up-Front Pricing Helps You Make Informed Decisions. We will quote you an exact price before we do any work. You will know how much it will cost to repair your air conditioner, furnace, or anything else we work on.

We’re Building Customers for Life. Tobin has been in business since 1954. Our warranties are always among the longest in the industry, and our commitment to your satisfaction is unbeatable. You can count on the same expert service every time you call. There’s no better choice for heating and air conditioning in the Denver metro area.

Call Today  303.893.5675

 

Is your furnace working properly? Make sure it is running properly

Is your furnace working properly?

It is time to start your furnace and make sure it is running properly and starting when the temperature drops

Furnaces routine maintenance
Furnaces need routine maintenance and testing

Furnaces need routine maintenance and testing.  The igniter can go bad, the flame sensor can get corroded, and the induced draft motor can fail to start the furnace.  Make sure you turn on the furnace and let it start itself on by setting the temperature above what the thermostat is currently reading.  Let it run for awhile to make sure it is heating the house properly and that it is shutting off.

If it doesn’t start up make sure the furnace blower switch is turned on.  If this doesn’t solve the problem you might as well call a reputable firm for a fall furnace tune-up.  When the technician comes out they will do some tests for you and see if there really is a problem.  It might be something as simple as a fuse has blown or the spark igniter is not working properly.  These are quick inexpensive fixes and you will get a tune up while the technician is out.  If the company that comes out quotes you an expensive repair you might want to read reviews on the company and get a second opinion.  Not all companies are as trustworthy as Tobin air.

You should also change your furnace filter at this time.  The typical life of a furnace filter is 3 months. The best way to gauge how often the furnace filter needs to be changed is to check it often and see how dirty it looks compared to a new filter.

Do not let the  filter get to the point where when you hold it up to the light and 50% of the light is visible looking through the filter.

A good rule of thumb if you live in Denver, CO is to replace the filter in the fall when you start running the furnace. Replace it again at the end of January. If you forget to check it again at least you are changing it twice a year. This should be good enough to make sure it is relatively clean.  If you have central air conditioning, then it’s a good idea to check the filter monthly in the summer  to make sure it is clean as well.  Changing every 2-3 months is usually sufficient. Make sure you change your filter regularily and look at the filter as it has an arrow on it as to which way the filter should be placed into the filter box for correct air flow through the filter.

Call Tobin HVAC today to schedule a fall seasonal tune up and  inspection special through October 31st for $109.  Call  303.893.5675.

Dog owners be careful where your dog urinates as it can destroy  your air conditioner

We have seen several outdoor AC condensers through the years that the coils have been damaged from dog urine. A system we installed 12 years ago was recently found empty of refrigerant. After doing some inspecting we found the coils had been broken down in 2 corners due to a dog urinating on it for a long time. It probably takes years of exposure but due to the corrosive nature of the urine the copper/aluminum coil became brittle causing it to fail and the refrigerant leak out. The customer had no choice but to replace the system.

We recommend that you watch where your pet goes and if it is on or near your a/c unit then take steps so that the dog is not peeing on the unit.  Preventive maintenance is the best measure in this case so that you do not run into an expensive repair or replacement of your a/c unit.