Selecting an HVAC Contractor can be a tough decision. Even if your HVAC system is well maintained, it will eventually need repairs or replacement. Like any other often-used equipment, it is subject to the effects of wear and tear, especially if the device is at least a decade old.
To keep your system working in the best possible condition at all times, you will need the services of an experienced HVAC contractor. The contractor must have the right specialization, training, certifications, insurance, and state license to work on your HVAC system.
Having said that, here’s how you can find a suitable contractor:
Ask for referrals from family and friends. – When asking for recommendations, find out the circumstances that led to your friend or family hiring the services of an HVAC contractor. This way, you can gauge whether the same contractor can help you in your particular situation.
If you aren’t able to get recommendations from people you trust, try searching in local business directories that offer customer reviews. It is best that you use several contractor websites for comparison.
Ask if your shortlisted contractor has sufficient insurance coverage – This will protect you and your home from possible financial damages. Likewise, determine if they have worker’s compensation insurance.
This coverage will relieve you of any liability in case any of their employees is injured while working on your equipment. Look for another candidate if the contractor is not sufficiently insured.
Find out if your prospective contractor has the required certifications and licenses to provide services in your area. – Contact your local authorities if you are unsure as to which certifications and licenses are needed by HVAC service providers. You can also try visiting the Contractor’s License site to determine the licensing requirements in your state, as well as the validity of a contractor’s license.
Ask the contractor to present copies of their licenses and certifications. Consider it a red flag if they refuse to produce current copies of the documents.
Check the contractor’s rating with your area’s consumer affairs organization. – Determine the volume of customer complaints, this will show the company’s satisfaction rating with their previous clients.
You can also visit the BBB website or contact them for feedback. You can even get more information about the contractor on the site.
Request the contractor to provide you with a list of former clients. – Contact the people on the list for feedback on the service provider’s performance. You can also check the web for independent customer reviews about the company.
While you may find many reviews right on the contractor’s website, these may not be reliable. After all, that is their website, and you cannot expect them to publish reviews that will be detrimental to their business.
Consider 3 or more different HVAC contractors. – Shortlist at least three contractors. Compare the value of their services versus their rates before deciding on which contractor to hire.
When comparing different contractors, you need to consider factors other than the total cost. These include the energy-efficiency of the installation or repair work, as well as the period of warranty offered for each service.
Make sure that the contractor will provide a contract that will detail all the services they will perform and other terms of the project. – All important project details must be in writing. These include the inclusive dates, the scope of the work to be done, cost of labor, equipment, and other fees, due payment dates, and potential future fees (like upgrades). This way, there will be no surprises once the project starts.
Choose to work only with an HVAC contractor who will insist on inspecting your equipment before giving work and cost estimates. – Before committing to an agreement, the contractor must inspect your HVAC system for possible air leaks. They must also check the insulation, and make sure that all components and parts comply with the manufacturer’s specifications and HVAC guidelines.
Your HVAC system is one of the most important and frequently-used equipment in your home. Thus, it is essential to make sure that it is functioning at optimum levels – whenever you need it. Hiring the right HVAC contractor will help make sure that the equipment will be in good working condition at all times.
Regardless of whom you choose as your contractor, we hope these tips help you in selecting a competent and well-qualified one. We at American Air Conditioning & Heating are committed to doing what is in our clients best interest, and we are proud to meet all of the qualification listed above within our service area, including licensing and certification. We hope you will consider us choosing us as your home heating and air experts, but don’t take my word for it, please take a look at our testimonials from our hundreds of satisfied customers.