How to Choose a Good HVAC Contractor
Choosing a good contractor is essential both when you want to install an HVAC (heat, ventilation and air conditioning) unit and when you want to replace your old one. However, not all HVAC contractors are the same, so you’ll need to spend a little time determining your best option, both expertise-wise and money-wise.
Hopefully this article and the tips we provide here will help you find a good HVAC contractor.
Avoid HVAC Contractors That Merely Replace Your Old Unit with the Same Type
If, during an estimate, a contractor proposes to replace your old HVAC unit with the same type, you may want to question the logic. Seriously, what is the point of getting exactly the same unit as before? Not to mention that the model has likely become obsolete.
Would you choose to work on a computer or use a cell phone that was made in 1996? Not likely, so why do that with an HVAC?
Ask for the Contractor’s License
In order to install your new HVAC unit, the contractor will have to work with the gas lines, electrical and plumbing applications in your home. You DO NOT want to give that job to someone who does not know exactly what they’re doing.
The best way to determine this is if the contractor has a license from the license board in the state you live in. Don’t work with unlicensed HVAC contractors, despite the fact that they may offer lower costs.
Only Accept a Written Bid/Estimate
Never accept a bid or estimate from a contractor over the phone. Would you buy a house or a car without seeing it in person? Of course not, so how can a contractor know exactly what you need and how much it will cost without inspecting your home first?
When visiting your home for an estimate, be sure the contractor does a thorough inspection.
Finally, don’t accept a verbal contract with an HVAC contractor, only one in writing. This is very important if there are any problems in the future and you are not satisfied with the service.