Hiring an HVAC Contractor Made Easier With These Tips
The challenge of hiring an HVAC contractor simply comes down to knowing what attributes to look for that will ensure the very best service you can find. To make it even easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of quick tips to follow.
Tips for Hiring an HVAC Contractor
- Obtain a list of references — Many contractors have testimonials on their website, but that’s not enough. Ask for a list of references and call each person to inquire about their individual experience with the contractor. To receive a random sampling, pick a letter from the alphabet and ask for a list of customers whose last names match that letter.
- Check licensing, bonding and insurance — Each local area or state has certain requirements of licensing, bonding and insurance that an HVAC contractor must meet and maintain in order to remain in business. This includes liability insurance for anyone working in your home.
- Experience with your system — Most contractors have a wide variety of knowledge for all types of equipment, from furnaces and solar panels to air conditioners and geothermal systems. Just make sure that they’re familiar with your specific setup.
- NATE-certified technicians — If an HVAC contractor doesn’t use technicians who have been certified by NATE (North American Technician Excellence), don’t consider hiring them. NATE ensures that technicians have been tested in their knowledge and on-hand experience in a variety of subjects.
- Expect an energy evaluation — For a contractor to get an idea of your home’s current energy efficiency status, they should be ready to send out a technician right away. If not, they might not care for their customers as much as they should.
- Written contracts — Every part of a project should be put in writing, such as estimated cost, equipment to be installed, and completion time prior to work being done.
For more expert advice when hiring an HVAC contractor, or if you have any other home comfort issues, please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly professionals at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Fairfax, Alexandria, Springfield, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, Burke, Lorton, Ashburn and the surrounding areas for over 40 years.
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