Tips for Choosing a Good HVAC Contractor
Picking a contractor to install your new furnace or central air conditioner can be as crucial a decision as selecting the equipment itself. After all, proper installation and maintenance is required for the equipment and system to work safely, dependably, and efficiently.
Below are crucial considerations to make as you select an HVAC contractor:
Getting Down To Basics with Experts
If you already know a well-reputed heating and air conditioning contractor, that is a perfect place to start. Otherwise, you can always ask friends and relatives for recommendations or referrals.
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Certifications and Trade Affiliations
Top residential contractors are usually members of to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) or the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA). Both sites provide HVAC service listings in your area. Find contractors who employ technicians with North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and ENERGY STAR certifications.
Be careful with companies that give you a quote on the phone even if they haven’t personally checked out the job at hand. This is a big red flag. A good estimator will survey your home and calculate your heat/cooling load before creating a proposal. They will also ask about any problems you’ve had with your present equipment, and provide easy solutions or explanations.
After calculating your heat/cooling load, they will estimate the yearly operating costs for the equipment they are recommending. A lot of furnaces and central air conditioners are not well-sized for the homes they are installed in, due to wrong sizing in the past and/or energy efficiency improvements in the building from the time of the old equipment’s installation.
Up-to-date HVAC Technology
A well-trained, up-to-date contractor will never try to discourage you from getting modern, more efficient equipment. Less-qualified ones may not upgrade their own technologies and will thus avoid even mentioning the latest and better options in the market.
A good company will give you a formal written bid or proposal that lists down all the equipment that should be installed, along with all the work to be done and the costs entailed, including labor.
When searching for any type of contractor, it’s always best to request estimates from multiple sources so you can make comparisons. Then again, don’t limit yourself to the price when choosing. Because better contractors offer greater value, they tend to charge more.
Finally, professionalism is a trademark of a good HVAC service. Reputable companies’ staff will be composed of individuals who are courteous as well as prompt in their service. The way a company treats you today reflects how they will treat you when a problem arises. They should have a physical location and must not be ashamed to have you drop by. An office or shop shows that the company has been in operation and will remain in operation.