NEW A/C INSTALLATIONS
Polar Bear is well known for the installations we do in vehicles that have never had A/C and we can put an air conditioner into just about any vehicle, provided there is an Install kit available. Most of the companies that make the install kits went out of business during covid 19 and have never re-opened, Here are some common questions people ask us over the phone.
WHAT DO OUR INSTALLATIONS LOOK LIKE ?
Our installations are in the dash and almost identical to factory, meaning the dash controls are typically the same as the factory controls or are very close to it, and the air flow comes right through your existing vents. Most people can’t tell our units from the factory units. As a matter of fact, the reason they do look and operate so closely to the factory dealer units is because the same manufactures who make them for us also make them for many of the dealers as well. This is not always the case, but 8 out of 10 units come this way.
HOW DO AFTER FACTORY INSTALLATIONS COOL?
As we mentioned before, our units are modeled after the factory dealer unit and in most cases our units cool as good as the dealer units, if not better, in some cases. Please keep in mind this is not always the case, and we don’t warranty our units to cool any better or worse than any other unit. Just like the dealer who will not warranty their unit to perform better than any other.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
In most cases the installation only takes 3-5 full days in the shop. the Vintage cars take up to 2 weeks to insatll a customer system an we only do them in the off season, October to March.
HOW LONG IS THE WARRANTY?
The conditional warranty on just about all of our units is 24 months or 24,000 miles on the parts and labor, whichever comes first. This warranty is nationwide as we have thousands of affiliate stores across the nation.
WHAT REFRIGERANT WILL YOU USE?
On all vehicles we will be installing the new 134a system. This is the new system that came out several years ago and it is what all the car manufactures are using. We still do some “freon” R-12 systems on vehicles that are known to have pressure/heat problems.
HOW MUCH POWER DOES IT TAKE OFF MY CAR?
On most vehicles, on a hot 98 day the compressor of the a/c system will take about 3-5 horsepower to operate. On most vehicles you can’t even tell the unit is on, but on some of the small cars with the real small engines you will notice a difference.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY GAS MILEAGE?
On most vehicles, you shouldn’t realize more that a 1-2 gallon loss, well worth the price for driving around in a hot car. As a matter of fact, if you drove down the road at 55 miles per hour with your windows down the air drag coming into your car takes about the same fuel mileage off your car.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Most mini trucks range from about $2995 to $4995 installed, with small cars running from about $2695 to $3850 installed. The custom installations are from $5995 to $6795.
WE SPECIALIZE IN THE FOLLOWING
Mini-Trucks, Toyota pickups, Nissan pickups, Ford Rangers and Explorers, S-10 Chevy pickups and Blazers, Mazda pickups, Dodge D-50 pickups, & Mitsubishi pickups. There really isn’t one truck we don’t do, including the full size Ford, Chevy, and Dodge pickups.
We also do expert custom installations into vehicles like 56 Ford pickups, 67 to present Camaro’s, Chevelle’s and the list just goes on and on. One thing about the custom installations, we don’t do them between April 1st and September 30 as we are just too busy and there are just too many cars around our facility to watch over yours to keep it safe. Not only that, but it typically takes 1 to 3 weeks in the shop to do some of the specialty work and we just can’t take up that kind of shop space. When it comes to our custom installations we do the job just the way you want it. If it’s not right then we’ll change it until you, our customer, is happy! Quality work and great customer service on any of our installations are the 2 primary things we concern ourselves with at Polar Bear. The high quality units are difficult to install which means our quality control has to be ridged and it is.