Finding a good HVAC contractor can be summarized in two words- daunting and annoying. Daunting because there are countless contractors to choose from and annoying because you don’t often have criteria for knowing which ones are worth your time and money. We have put together a checklist to help you know what to look for in a contractor
When you talk to a HVAC contractor, pay attention to how they treat you. If they are friendly and treat you well, it’s a good sign that’s how you will be treated if a problem ever arises from the installation. On the other hand, once you find any problem with their customer service, find someone else, so you don’t have any issues later.
When someone discovers a HVAC contractor they can trust, they usually stick with them. So the first place to begin when seeking a HVAC contractor is to ask your family and friends for recommendations. If they have found a great hand or company, they won’t hesitate to let you know.
A good HVAC contractor should be able to abide by regulations so take a look at your state and local codes and regulations to ensure the HVAC contractor you are considering adheres to them. Then ask questions- request for their license of the license number. Also, make inquiries about their workman’s compensation insurance and business insurance, both of which they should have for business reasons.
A Written Estimate
HVAC contractors should have no problems presenting a written estimate for your equipment and the services they will be providing. If they say they can only provide estimates over the phone, take it as a red flag and talk to another company. Also, written estimates make it easier for you to make comparisons and choose the best one.
If you have already determined the make of HVAC system, you want to purchase, select a HVAC installer with experience handling that brand equipment. Experience teaches contractors the ins and outs of a specific brand of equipment, allowing them to perform accurate installations every time.
A good number of equipment manufacturers have “qualified HVAC installer” programs for their brands. Qualified HVAC technicians receive training and education on the brand and equipment models. This ensures the contractor can properly install their models and know the relevant information about their equipment which may make them vary from other brands.
Efficiency is critical when shopping for a HVAC contractor and you would want the most efficient equipment you can afford. Request for Energy Star-rated models. Energy star is the government’s program for testing HVAC equipment for efficiency.
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Rebates And Special Offers
Installing a HVAC system is a major expense so shop for rebates on energy-efficient equipment’s or ask your dealer about special offers.