Spotting The Right Heating & Cooling Contractor To Work With

There are a number of systems inside your home. You have the electrical, plumbing, and more. Though all of these systems can be difficult to understand and upkeep, we personally feel the HVAC system is the most complicated. Not only is this system complex in nature, without an efficiently running HVAC system, it can have a detrimental impact on your utility bill. So either a new build or a much-needed repair/upgrade, you need a heating and cooling contractor that you can count on. What if the system is not installed properly or some other mishap occurs? Do you have insurance to file a claim? Do you have an attorney on standby if the situation escalated that far?

Avoid all the hiccups and headaches by knowing what to look for in an HVAC professional.

  1. Licensed HVAC Company

This varies from state to state and even city to city. Mostly by city though. Some require licensing to perform the work an HVAC company would need to perform. Now, this does not always necessarily mean that if the individual is not licensed that they will do a subpar job and not be able to handle what is required of them. On the other hand though, to be licensed does require extensive testing that one must study for and obtain by passing. Some contractors will display their license number on their webpage. If you are not able to find it, by all means, do not be afraid to ask if the contractor is licensed.

2.  Does the company work with a reputable dealer/brand?

Always do your own due diligence but make sure the company that you choose to work with deals with a brand that you are interested in having. If you are set on a particular brand, make sure you hire a company that specialized in working with the brand of equipment you want to be installed in your home or office.

3. Estimates

This section can be tough if it is regarding repairs and more accruable towards new installations. The reason I say this with repairs is that typically an HVAC company is going to charge to have someone come out and diagnose the issue first. So getting multiple estimates on a repair may not be worth the extra money to spend having multiple companies come out to give you the same results. If the cost sounds ludacris, definitely get another opinion. When it comes to new installations, I recommend getting estimates from at least 3 heating and cooling companies. Hopefully, the company will provide you with free HVAC estimates like we do for all of our customers and go with not only the best price but what you feel is right.  A good HVAC company will help guide you through what is best for your home.

4. Professionalism

The company that you work with should have a level of professionalism to them. Do they provide great service? Do they have good reviews? Were they prompt to showing up on time to the given appointment and treated you and everyone at your location with respect? This is definitely something to take into factor when choosing whom to work with. We all know bad news travels fast, so keep an ear out.

5.  The Right Tool For The Job

A licensed heating and cooling contractor must have at least a couple years of experience to be licensed, sometimes up to five years experience. The reasoning behind these requirements is for the technician or owner to be completely competent in all aspects of HVAC. A sound understanding of everything that is entailed will ensure your home to be safe and sound.

6.Service Contracts & Rebates/Credits

Before doing work with a company offering services, get a service contract program. This will give peace of mind. When it comes to rebates or credits, check with the HVAC company in question and they will be able to help guide you through any government credit or other rebates on the system you may be getting installed.



3 Responses

  1. I’m glad you mentioned that it is important to work with an HVAC company that works with a dealer that is reputable. My air conditioner stopped working a couple of days ago and I really need to get it repaired. These tips you shared will help me find a reliable technician to hire.

  2. It was helpful when you suggested to look for cost estimates from contractors before you hire one. We need to find help to fix up our air conditioning unit. When we do look for one, I will be sure to get a cost estimate beforehand.

  3. I love that you mentioned that an experienced contractor will be completely competent in all aspects of HVAC. I hadn’t thought of that before, but it makes a lot of sense. We are wanting to hire quality help to fix our furnace because our home is getting to be way too cold, and it will be important for us to know that we could find one who we could trust will be good. I will be sure to keep my eye out for ones who are experienced.

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