When something goes wrong with your central air conditioning unit, heat pump or furnace, you’ll require the services of a qualified HVAC contractor. Choosing a heating and air conditioning contractor with the knowledge, skills and experience to do the job correctly may take a little work, but you’ll find it well worth the effort.
According to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, a quality HVAC contractor must comply with local and state codes and regulations, carry the proper insurance, provide fast and reliable service, and remain up-to-date on the most recent technological developments in the field. In addition, the contractor must have the skill to service your equipment efficiently and if necessary, design and install a new system that’s right for you. Following are tips for choosing a heating and air conditioning contractor who meets these requirements.
- Find out about your state’s license and insurance requirements for HVAC contractors, and make sure your potential contractor has all of the necessary licenses and insurance policies. A good contractor will expect these questions and should provide proof upon request.
- Contact your local trade organizations and associations for names of recommended contractors that provide service in your area. You can also ask friends and neighbors for the names of contractors that have provided them with quality service in the past.
- Ask any potential contractor for customer references. Call the references and inquire about the contractor’s service performance. Ask the references if they were happy with the contractor’s work and if they would recommend him to other customers.
- Find out how long the contractor has been in business. You’re more likely to receive high-quality service from a contractor who has established a successful track record in the business. A phone call to the contractor’s office should yield all the information you need.
- Make sure the contractor plans to visit your home for an on-site inspection before making equipment recommendations. A good heating and air conditioning contractor will listen to your concerns and explain any necessary changes or repairs before beginning the work.
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