Selecting an HVAC contractor is an important decision that you shouldn’t make without doing some investigating to be sure you’re making the correct choice.
First, find a contractor who will ask you about your wants and needs and more important, listen to you. With that information, they should be able to offer up to four options from which you can choose.
When they schedule your installation, is it when you wish to have it done, or when they can get to it? Will your contractor pull a permit on every job? Doing so will make sure that it meets all of your local codes.
HVAC system installation is not a do-it-yourself affair and a successful installation requires a contractor that is skilled in a variety of areas, from load calculation to piping and a bunch of steps in between. You could get the top-of-the-line system, but if it’s improperly installed you may not get ideal performance.
Here are a couple other questions to help you make the best selection while researching your HVAC contractor.
Do they have NATE-Certification?
NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is the largest nonprofit certification organization for HVAC technicians. Certified technicians have demonstrated their knowledge in the HVAC industry by passing real-world and specialized tests designed by a committee of industry experts. NATE-certified contractors have met the highest industry standards for knowledgeable installation and service. NATE certification will give you peace of mind knowing your contractor has finished in-depth professional training.
Do you have access to references or referrals?
A professional HVAC company ought to be able to provide you with a list of recent customers that you can talk to and confirm the quality of their company’s work. Call their list of references and ask about their project and if they’d recommend the company.
There are also official sources online such as the Better Business Bureau and ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America). The BBB allows you to look at the consumer ratings of an HVAC contractor and you’ll view any customer complaints against a company. The ACCA is a nonprofit organization of more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors found on ACCA are sure to be dedicated to their profession and will be able to give referrals for previous work.
Another option is crowdsourcing referrals from your friends and neighbors or on your social media networks. These are usually the most beneficial recommendations because they are coming from people you know. You’ll find out who to talk with and which contractors to avoid. If you’re on nextdoor.com you can literally ask for recommendations from people right next door. Contractors count on positive word-of-mouth, so if someone you trust recommends them it’s likely they’ll do great work for you too.
Do you know if they’re licensed and insured?
Not all states require licensure for heating and cooling contractors, but nearly all of them do. It’s easy to search online to find out if your state requires a license so you know whether or not to ask for one when gathering quotes from a contractor. The reason many states require licenses is simply to protect you from using a company that uses less than qualified workers.
If you live in a state that requires licenses and the contractor you’re talking to doesn’t have one, it’s probably better to look elsewhere to help avoid any potential problems.
When should you ask about these questions?
The best time to ask questions and choose an HVAC contractor is right now, before something occurs with your system. Get your furnace looked at while it’s operating normally and schedule your yearly maintenance.
Your family’s health, comfort and safety is our business at Air Service Co. in Muldrow. Our HVAC pros would be happy to answer any and all of your questions. Call us at 918-212-8943. We look forward to becoming your partner in keeping your system running safely and efficiently.