How to Choose an HVAC Contractor
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There are lots of air conditioning companies in the HVAC industry, and choosing the right one can be a real challenge if you don’t know what you need to consider. This article will help you choose an HVAC agent that has the right training, qualifications and certifications to do the job right – and safely.
You also want to know that your HVAC agent has a good track record, so you have the peace of mind that you’re hiring a trustworthy HVAC technician to install, service or repair your system.
Which Qualifications to Look For?
There are a number of qualifications and trade associations for the HVAC industry, but to ensure that you’re dealing with a first class professional, look for the following credentials:
- Member of ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America)
- NATE (National Association of Technical Excellence) certification
- RESNET EnergySmart Contractor or BPI Building Analyst
You can find qualified contractors from each of these associations by clicking the links above.
Ask For Referrals
One of the best things to do when looking for an HVAC company is to ask for recommendations from your friends. This way, you’ll have your friend’s first-hand experience with the company to know about the quality of the installation, cleanliness, punctuality, and any other issues. You may also hear about companies to avoid, so you can weed out the bad apples in your area.
Read Testimonials Online
You can also read testimonials from the HVAC company’s previous clients. It’s best to look on sites like Angie’s List or ServiceMagic (or any local directories) – as opposed to the contractor’s own website – to get a fair and balanced mix of reviews. The longer, more detailed reviews will give you the best information.
Ask for References
Once you’ve narrowed your search to a few HVAC companies, ask them for some references – and call them! Politely ask if you can take a few minutes of their time to ask about the contractor. Have them explain what work was done, what they liked about the service, and what they didn’t like. Ask if they would use the contractor again or recommend them to their best friend.
Do They Upgrade Their Training?
Technology changes fast in the HVAC industry, and the knowledge they had a year or two ago may be obsolete now. Ask if the HVAC technicians in the company receive ongoing training on the latest techniques and technology in the HVAC industry. Many manufacturers provide training for contractors on proper installation, maintenance and repair techniques for their specific equipment. Did the contractor you’re considering hiring attend manufacturer training sessions recently?
Do They Sell What You Want?
Many HVAC contractors will sell only one or two brands of HVAC systems. Do they sell a brand that you trust? Or more importantly, are they trained to install the brand or type of system that you want? How much experience do they have installing and servicing the type of HVAC equipment you need?
Better HVAC companies perform background checks on their HVAC technicians before hiring them to try and maximize your safety and security. Ask what measures they put in place to ensure your peace of mind.
While bad experiences with contractors sometimes happen, if you follow the advice given above you can greatly increase your chance of having a great experience with the next HVAC company you hire.
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