How to choose a HVAC contractor

When you need heating, ventilation, and an air conditioning system either installed, repaired, maintained or replaced in your home, you should hire an HVAC contractor. The contractor should be highly experienced, skilled, licensed, insured and with the right certificates which comply with his professional field. Having such kind of a Contractor makes it easy for you’re to work with him while you are still getting quality services worth of the money you are paying.

This article will help you choose the best HVAC contractor to work in your home or your office.

a) Ask for referrals from friends and family

When you talk to your friends or family members who had an AC repair, maintenance or replacement before, you should ask for their comments and reviews of the contractor you want to hire. Since they have had their experience, they can be very helpful in explaining how competent the contractor as well as the kind of services he offers. Additionally, you can still visit certain websites online which has comments, reviews, and ratings of local AC contractors to see the most suitable contractor for the job. Positive reviews, high rating, and good comments show that previous clients were contented with the kind of services they got and most likely you will be satisfied too with what you will get.

b) Check whether your contractor has licenses and certificates required in your local area

Having the right documents displays a high level of professionalism making the contractor legitimate and reliable. If you are not sure of the documents to ask for, you can contact a government official or even a government representative in your area to know what to ask for. Also, you should check the validity of the documents these contractors possess to make sure that they are legitimate.

c) Ask for the current licenses and certifications from your HVAC contractor

Your contractor should have worker’s compensation insurance to make sure that in case he gets injured in your home, you won’t have to pay for his hospital bills. It is, therefore, important to ask for their current licenses and certificates.

d) Choose an insured HVAC contractor

“You can protect your home from damages if your contractor is insured.” Cedric Johnson of Heat Pump Victoria BC. “You are not supposed to take chances when hiring a contractor because it may turn out to be an expensive endeavor if he or she is not insured.”

Therefore, you should check with a consumer affair organization in your locality to see that your contractor has a decent rating and a low volume of customer complaints before hiring their services. For example, a ductwork repair company failed to join a consumer affair organization which led to their company going bankrupt after a number of complaints.

e) Ask the HVAC contractor to give you references of past clients

If you can access the internet, you should check customer testimonials among other types of feedback from previous clients to understand the kind of services the contractor give.

f) Choose a contractor who inspects the system before giving an estimate

A good contractor should look for air leaks, measure the air flow of the unit and inspect the AC unit to make sure that the components meet the guidelines as well as the specifications of the manufacturer. He or she should not give a price quote first without examining the problem and discussing with the owner the possible solutions available.

g) Get at least three biddings from different contractors a Las Vegas air conditioning repair and installation company advised us to do the following: “Getting different bids from different contractors enables you to have a rough idea of the price you are supposed to be charged for the service. Also, the bids might help you consider the most energy efficient plan and the length of warranties offered. Simply, a variety of deals helps one to have the best deal after considering all the available options.”

h) Verify if the contractor will offer you with a written deal or in the form of a contract

Having a written agreement can be helpful if you are having disagreements or the contractor did not complete the work he or she was paid to do. In writing, some of the important details you should include are:
• The dates on which installation, repair, maintenance or replacement will be done
• The cost of all fees included
• Labor to be provided
• Equipment to be used
• Potential future fees which the AC unit might need e.g. upgrades
• Due dates of payments

Following the above tips will make you choose the best HVAC contractor who will help you with any kid of service you need. You should “not do it hurriedly since you may end up choosing the wrong contractor for the job.” says Las Vegas Air Conditioning worker, James Pruitt of Goettl.