5 Tips For Finding a Good HVAC Contractor

A proper installation is essential to the efficiency and life span of your new HVAC system. Ensure that your HVAC system is installed correctly the first time by following the steps below for finding a competent and helpful HVAC service company.

Do Your Research

Each contractor should have the requisite licenses and insurance for the state you live in. Be sure you have information on your current HVAC system and, if possible, its history and past maintenance schedule. Look for an installer who has experience installing your preferred brands of systems. Some manufacturers even have a network of qualified HVAC installers for their systems.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask a contractor or company representative about their process and credentials. In addition to double checking that a business has the required state licenses and insurance, it is helpful to inquire about industry experience. Be sure to ask how refunds, guarantees, and warranties work. Don’t assume that if something goes wrong the contractor will automatically take responsibility. A reputable company will have a generous policy that will help you come to a resolution easily if your system does not perform as expected. Asking for special offers can often get you a special discount or rebate on a system.

Check References

If you are having doubts or want to hear about the experience of another customer, it is helpful to get a reference from the installer. A reputable contractor will have no trouble producing several satisfied customers you can consult about your needs and their experiences with the contractor. Check references to ensure that their past service was done on time and within the allotted budget. It is a red flag if a contractor refuses to provide testimonials or references.

Get an Estimate

Expect a home evaluation during which a potential contractor can work with you to find the right system for your home. A contractor will also inspect the design of your home, your windows, your air ducts, and the insulation of your home. They will advise you on systems, manufacturers, and the installation. Be sure to get a written proposal from your HVAC contractor that you can refer to throughout the process.

Follow Through

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Only pay in full when the installation has been completed to your satisfaction. After installation, pay attention to your utility bills and check with the contractor if any anomalies are present. If you notice any leakage, this could also be a sign that your HVAC system is not working as it should. Any good HVAC service will take your concerns seriously and double check to ensure the system is properly in place and functioning correctly and efficiently. According to the Better Business Bureau, you can expect your new system to last 15 to 20 years. Choosing the right system is critical, since the choice has a long-term impact on your comfort.

From research to follow-through, a new HVAC system is only as good as its installation. Avoid problems with your HVAC system by choosing a good and reputable HVAC contractor who will provide quality service every step of the way.

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