Ice Age Mechanical
HVAC Repair Recommendation?I recommend Ice Age Mechanical. They helped fix our issues and had better rates than most
ISO Contractor to install Mini-Splits and Help with Rebate ProcessesI second Carlos from Ice Age. They did the install for our Mitsubishi mini split duct units and handled the Coned rebates. The whole process was super smooth.
ISO Contractor to install Mini-Splits and Help with Rebate ProcessesWe worked with Carlos at Ice Age and he's been great, and he handled all the rebate stuff. We got several quotes and theirs came in significantly more affordable.
Looking for review: Mini Sllit Coolig and Hyper Heating--Ice Age MechanicalI just did that conversion with Ice Age. I have many thoughts, will dump them here in case it helps. Caveat: we're only a few weeks into cold weather and there are renters in our house so I've only spent a few days with the system in person. * Ice Age was pretty good and started on time. It took a bit longer than they predicted (they originally said it could be 2 weeks but was more like 4+, though with added scope). It was dustier than they had led me to believe (they said it would be fine to stay in the house while the work was going on, but it was sort of borderline - our renters bore the brunt and I gave them a big discount, everyone more or less ended up satisfied). I imagined a longer/dustier project, and that's how it went. * The total cost was actually lower than I expected - ConEd increased the rebate for removing the old boiler and radiators after we had signed the contract. Ice Age updated our deal after the fact and took on the decommissioning job. So that was amazing! On the other hand, there was more electrical panel upgrade work than they had budgeted (I sort of expected this too). And the boiler+radiator removal got added to the project after the fact. So without the surprise rebate improvement, the cost might have been higher than expected, but they ended up doing more work than I expected. Overall, great deal, thanks to the rebates and Ice Age * I have mixed feelings about the electric use. I suspect the system may be oversized, which may lead to higher electrical use than I had calculated. I'm a software engineer and prone to obsess about these things, and still gathering data. But from looking at our meter readings, it draws more power than I had predicted during recent cool-not-cold weather, so I'm braced for a big electric bill. Jury still out. On the other hand, our gas bill was previously ~$2800/year and National Grid just warned that gas prices will be much higher this winter, so that makes me feel like we had genius timing. * Comfort seems good, the units are very quiet unless on the highest fan setting, the wall units look fine to me, and our freezing/drafty kitchen is now as warm as you want it to be (electric bill TBD, although previously we relied on a space heater to make it comfortable). It seems to hold temperature very well, pretty much settles where you set the thermostats, mod some quirks noted below. * Aesthetics: the cursed window unit ACs are gone, the radiators are gone, and I really don't mind the look of the wall units. (We got the "EF" style as opposed to the "GL" style.) We have a couple new vents in an antique pressed tin ceiling, but I think it's basically fine. I know they had to make holes all over the plaster for the linesets, but I honestly couldn't tell you where they are, so the patching seemed great for that. The spaces behind the old radiators are imperfect - they mostly hadn't been exposed in a long time (maybe 130 years?) so needed some patching and painting. Ice Age's handyman did a pretty good job patching the holes in the wood floor, but was less perfect at the plaster/paint. We do have a bunch of different shades of white on the walls so it wasn't trivial. Anyway, I did a little bit of touchup myself after finding the right paint colors, and it's OK for now. * Controls: if it were a camera, it would be more like a Nikon SLR than an iPhone. There's a remote for every wall unit (a lot of them) and wall-mounted thermostats for the two ducted ceiling units. There is an app that lets me monitor/control the wall units, provided a special interface is added to the wall units, but (weirdly) not the ceiling units, due to a design quirk. There are optional remote temperature sensors for the wall units - get these, because without them, the wall units can't shut completely off when they reach temperature, and they can't measure room temp as well. The app takes some getting used to, as do the remotes, but I think overall it's pretty good. * Other quirks: there are three outdoor compressors attached to 13 different indoor units. Each compressor can either be heating or cooling, but not both at the same time. This is a bit of a pitfall, because if one indoor unit is set to dry or cool, it prevents any of the units on the same compressor from going into heat mode. And when that happens, it's not obvious why or how to solve it. I struggled with this, as did a renter, so it's a learning curve. Bottom line, it's not perfect, but reclaiming floor and window space is amazing, having reliable, quiet, flexible heat is amazing, not constantly trying to outwit antique radiators is amazing, not emitting tons of CO2 is amazing, would definitely do it again. Still uncertain about the gas vs electric bill.
Mini split HVAC installation?We have worked twice (on separate installation projects) with Ice Age, and Victor Rodriguez specifically, and have had very positive experiences. Our first mini split install was done 4 years ago and the units have worked flawlessly. The installation itself also went very smoothly and the work was done efficiently and neatly. We are now having additional units installed in other areas of our home. Victor has been great in terms of understanding our specific needs and preferences regarding type and location of the units and went out of his way to ensure some post-instal patching/plastering work was done as I requested.
Mini split HVAC installation?We used ice age and had a great experience.they installed ceiling units in the bedrooms which look fantastic .
Looking for an Air Conditioning Maintenance serviceWe use the company that installed our AC ductless system a few years ago, Ice Age Mechanical. They've been good but we have a problem now and they now seem very expensive. I'd love some other names.
Looking for an Air Conditioning Maintenance serviceWe have worked with Ice Age Mechanical and have been really happy with them.
Recommendations Needed for an A/C Split System Repair/Maintenance Service ReferralAsk for Victor. They have been great for us.
Re: ISO of recommendations for mini-split installerWe had Ice Age Mechanical install 6 Mitsubishi electric mini splits in our house last summer. We had 4 companies come to our house and quote the job and they were the most knowledgeable, articulate, and transparent about the equipment and installation. They were not the absolute cheapest but very reasonably priced. It was a big job that required major surgery to our home - they did a great job and have been very responsive and helpful with questions and a few minor issues that have come up since. Highly recommend them.
ISO: ductless unit installationI second the recommendation for Ice Age. They installed my system which was very difficult, but stayed within the budget and were super honest and a joy to work with. Big shout out!!
ISO: ductless unit installationIf you are looking to install ductless AC then I highly recommend Ice Age Mechanical. We used them to install our ductless AC system (Mistubishi) and are very happy with the results. The system functions amazingly well, does cold and heat and is very efficient. The guys were very easy to work with and did a great job on the installation.
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