Finding a quality HVAC professional can both be an intimidating and annoying task. This is due to the fact that there are countless HVAC professionals to pick from and you have no way of objectively knowing which contractors are worth hiring.
However, this process can be easier for you if you know what to look for when hiring an HVAC contractor.
Has proper certification
An HVAC firm should use technicians with NATE certification. This shows that the firm hires knowledgeable, professional, and efficient technicians.
Has a solid reputation
It’s important to find an HVAC professional with consistently positive reviews. Check for prospective contractors on the BBB (better business bureau) site. This website provides a good platform for rating service providers using the A+ to F scale.
Is a member of a professional association
Search for a contractor who is registered with ACCA. You can get on the website of the ACCA and find professionals who are signed up with this association.
Surveys your home before providing estimates of cost
An HVAC contractor should always survey your property before they come up with any definite estimation. Ignore any contractor that attempts to provide estimates on the phone before surveying your home.
They might give you a low estimate over the telephone and then bump up the cost when they arrive at your house.
Sells quality products
Ask prospective contractors whether the products they sell have energy star rating. This ensures you get high-quality, energy-efficient equipment.
Works in a local office or shop
An HVAC professional should be willing to invite you into their shop or office. An HVAC contractor with a shop/office is an indicator that the company has been operational and will remain so, securing the warranties and guarantees they’ll give.
Can give you heating and cooling bills for the whole year
Using cooling-load and heat-load calculations, a good HVAC contractor can calculate your home’s estimated yearly bills for whatever equipment they’re recommending you install.
Will persuade you to purchase higher energy-efficient equipment
Professionals who don’t know the current HVAC technology and products won’t know how to install them and won’t encourage you to buy higher energy-efficient equipment. A good HVAC professional should be able to install the current energy-efficient HVAC products and can figure out how much cash you may save by purchasing these models.
Possibly won’t offer the cheapest price
When you begin your search, please avoid the cheapest price. You’ll most likely find a shady contractor who is uninsured, unlicensed, and works from home. They’ll most likely install your equipment poorly, leading to increased energy bills.
You should consider the price once you’ve whittled down your choices to two or three reliable HVAC professionals.