Tips To Consider When Searching For An HVAC Contractor
Finding an HVAC contractor can be an intimidating process. How do you know you’ve got the best deal? How do you know the contractor is knowledgeable? What should you be looking for? What should you expect? Next time you need an HVAC specialist, check out these tips to make sure you’re selecting the right team for the job!
Tips to live by
1) Do your research. Start with research on your own system. Determine the make, model and maintenance history of your system so that your potential contractor will have all of the information necessary to understand your HVAC needs. After that, determine your state’s licensing and insurance requirements. This will help you pick qualified contractors that can meet your needs.
2) Expect a home evaluation. Stay away from contractors who start offering solutions before actually evaluating your system. Giving quotes on general services is one thing, but expect your potential contractors to inspect your ducts, check for system leaks and measure your system’s airflow before offering you an overall HVAC solution.
3) Get all the details, in ink. Make sure any bids you receive include an itemized list with part/model numbers, warranty terms, labor costs and a labor schedule. Have your contractor sign any bids they send you and you should sign work orders before a contractor does any work on your system. Having a signed bid and/or work contract will protect you from fraudulent charges and unexpected costs.
Questions to ask potential contractors
1) Do you follow industry standards? Look for potential contractors with “Manual J” and “Quality Installation” experience.
2) Are your technicians NATE certified? North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification means your technician is certified under the industry standard for HVAC excellence. When considering your next HVAC technician, don’t settle for anything less than the best.
3) Are you properly licensed? If you’ve done your research, you know what licenses your HVAC technician needs to operate in your state, city and/or county. Make sure they are licensed by asking to see their licenses.
4) Do you have any local references I can check? Ask your contractor for the names of people in your area who have used their services. Contact them and ask about their experience with the company.
5) Will you guarantee your bid price? Make sure potential contractors are not offering you a low initial bid with the intention of increasing your price later because of “unforeseen” complications. Only work with contractors who guarantee their pricing before the job.
6) Do you offer a service agreement? Make sure the contractors you are considering offer service agreements to support your system after installation. The better your system is maintained over the years, the better it runs and the longer it lasts.