Looking to get your HVAC serviced? Planning on installing a new system within your home?
Well, you’re not in the right place, but this is a good starting point. Hiring an HVAC contractor seems to be simple, and it is. But hiring an HVAC contractor who will perform his job well, and leave you satisfied is not that easy.
In this article, we will cover some general questions that you should keep in mind when looking to hire a contractor.
Keep reading to learn more.
Where Can I Find Reviews? Can You Provide References?
Each and every leading HVAC company of this day and age will have an online presence. That’s simply how the modern dynamic of business works. Not only will a company have reviews and testimonials on their websites, but you can also find authentic reviews on third-party websites.
Simply type in the name of the company or contractor in Google, and click enter. The profile and various relevant links will show up. If looking at reviews is not enough, give the contractor a call, as an anonymous caller and ask for references.
If they hesitate, that’s a bad sign. If they do provide you with some references, that’s good. Now give them a call, and gauge their satisfaction and personal experiences with the company.
Which Services Do You Cover?
Nowadays, an HVAC company should provide all services under the sky. But that’s not really the case. Of course, basic services, like installation, repair, and maintenance are a given.
But additional services such as commercial HVAC repair, duct cleaning, refrigeration, geothermal, air quality inspection are to be wished for. Finding a contractor that will specialize in a variety of services is ideal because you can achieve an optimal level of comfort with a single-trusted contractor.
What Licensure/Certification Do Your Employees Possess?
If you’re looking for someone without experience in HVAC to do the work, you’re probably looking in the wrong place. Most contractors will have some licensure, but what separates the best from the worst is experience.
A contractor doesn’t have to have a degree or even formal training. But having certification in heating, ventilation and air conditioning will ascertain the fact that this technician can live up to the high standards of the industry. And in turn, save you money by improving your efficacy and preventing rooting mistakes.
What Does the Quote Include?
It’s not uncommon to hear the same quotes from different companies. After all, they are competing and often price-match to capture clients. In any case, what’s really important is the service that is included in the quote. And even more so, the services which are not included.
The biggest occurrence that you might experience is the question of whether or not old parts of the system will be replaced during the installation of new gear. Not just the machine, but also the pipes, valves, dampers, connectors, fittings, safety switches, etc. Cutting corners might seem like a good idea to lower the cost, but it will lead to early system failure, and expensive repairs later.
Any quote should state in detail everything that will be needed for completion. This covers permits, equipment removal, parts, and labor. And most importantly, a written guarantee and warranty for the entire service.
What Kind of Maintenance Programs Do You Have?
Maintenance is very important. Finding a contractor that will provide a tiered program for maintenance will allow you to select a plan that fits your needs. No two homes are the same, so it makes sense to tailor maintenance to the client.
Ask about such programs, and see if you can customize it to your liking. The target is to sign up for a program that will focus on HVAC inspection at least twice a year, and it will include any necessary repairs and part replacements.
Can My Current System Accommodate the New One?
Finding out if your current duct system will work with the new HVAC system is critical to saving money in the long-run.
A qualified company with, skilled technicians, should be able to inspect the duct system for any damage and notify you of its condition- so that you can proceed with achieving indoor comfort and extending the life of the unit.
What Systems Do You Provide?
Any good contractor will update their installation catalog, and follow the latest technology. HVAC is a growing industry, and the advancements are made by the day.
So when you upgrade to a newer efficient system, you will get to enjoy savings on all of the energy bills, and the long lifespan of the HVAC unit.
What Happens After Installation?
It’s evident that the lifespan of the equipment is primarily attributed to the operative functionality of the device, the installation and sizing, and the manufacturing design. But the rest of it is attributed to how well it is maintained.
Once a system has been installed, maintenance is key. And if you haven’t asked about maintenance plans, you should think about them once more. If you opt-out of maintenance, you are most likely opting out of warranties.
Why? Because the fine-print clearly states that for warranties to be in force, you have to follow the pre-scheduled maintenance plan for that specific unit. Many companies don’t offer maintenance services, so you might have to look around for a company that does.
The HVAC Contractor Of Your Choosing
Now that you know what to ask an HVAC contractor, you can finally get to find the perfect one for you. No matter how you approach the process of finding one, you can either do it right or wrong.
The right approach involves your personal involvement, research, and effort. The wrong approach does not. Good luck in your search.
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