How To Choose An HVAC Contractor
Your HVAC system is an integral part of your home or business. If the system breaks down it can lead to discomfort especially if it happens at a time when you need it the most. It is important to have your system regularly maintained by a professional to keep it working properly. If you don’t already have an HVAC company you work with, how to choose an HVAC contractor? Take a look at the following tips when you are in the process of finding a reliable and trustworthy company to repair or replace your HVAC system.
Before you trust your HVAC system with any company take the time to verify the company is licensed and insured. If the company has not taken the time to be licensed, then how can you be sure they will take the time to complete the job correctly. Furthermore, if they are not licensed then they are not insured. As the owner, you would have to pay for any damage done to your home or equipment. Furthermore, an HVAC system must be installed by a licensed contractor to not void the warranty. Also, if a contractor has additional certifications such as NATE certified technicians the information can usually be found on their website. Find out what the requirements for an HVAC contractor are where you live. If you can verify the company you want to hire meets the necessary requirements, then you are more likely to get high quality service.
References and Reviews
Ask family and friends for references and referrals. Another option is to research online local contractors in your area. Many search engines or review sites will provide necessary information such as company website, contact information and reviews all on one page. Read what past customers share about the company and their experiences.
Written Estimates/ Price Comparison
Be sure to get written estimates for all contractors you are considering hiring. Compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties for each proposal. It may be that the lowest price is not the best deal if the system that is installed is not the most efficient since your energy costs will be higher. However, keep in mind that neither the highest price or the lowest price is a true indicator of quality work or value. Most reputable companies will work with you to find a cost-effective solution for your needs. Keep in mind that often smaller or family owner companies will provide high quality work because they do not rely on a certain sales volume to cover their high overhead. Lastly, be sure that once you make a final decision that any questions you may have are answered and fully explained before you sign contract.
Just as equally as important as the price is the warranty the company offers. The work completed by the HVAC company does not end at the repair or replacement. It is important to consider the services the company offers after the job is completed as well. You want to be sure that the company you choose backs up and has faith in their work. An honest company will take into account your needs, because not every customer will want the same thing. A reputable and honest company will often offer you a range of options between repair and replacement and the warranty difference between each of them.
An expert can help guide you to determine if your HVAC system needs repair, regular maintenance or a full replacement. Having a trustworthy and dependable HVAC contractor is important. You will have to invest time to do your own research to find a company that fits your needs and budget. Call us today at (818) 341-3406 or contact us online to see how we can help you.