When it comes to your heating and air conditioning concerns, it is important to hire the right contractor for the job. Your heating and cooling system is one of the most complex systems in your home and you want a well-trained contractor to deal with the inherent safety issues in them. The contractor you choose will play an important role in your home’s comfort, safety, and air quality. When interviewing contractors, make sure to ask about the following:
Bond, License, and Insurance
In a lot of states, contractors for heating and air conditioning system issues are mandated to meet minimum education and on-the-job experience requirements. Also, they need to pass written examinations to be licensed to work in the heating and cooling industry. They can qualify for and hold this license by holding a minimum level of insurance and bonding. Make sure you choose a contractor that carries liability insurance to protect you when accidental damage or injury happens.
Professional heating and air conditioning companies have a list of recent customers you can contact to verify that they had done the work on time and to their satisfaction. Make sure to give these customers a call to get relevant details on how their projects fared.
Because of the high cost of repairing, replacing, or installing new HVAC equipment, you must get at least three written estimates from three different HVAC companies. The cost of the project may be your most essential consideration and costs may vary widely by company. Also, ensure the overall scope, details, and completion dates of the project are thoroughly documented.
The Brands they Carry
When you seek estimates for new or replacement heating or cooling equipment, make sure to ask possible contractors about the specific manufacturer or equipment they carry. HVAC companies usually carry only a small section of brands. Your hiring choices may be limited to contractors who specialize in your equipment and brand of choice.
Projects such as equipment installation often require making a deposit and making progress payments or planned payments to satisfy the bill. If you will be using a payment plan or apply for financing through the line of credit of the HVAC company, ensure you read the fine print and know what you are agreeing to.
If you want to hire an HVAC company to maintain or install new equipment, you may want to enroll in a company’s service contract program. If you have a service contract with a company, your HVAC system is regularly serviced by them.