Choosing a Good HVAC Contractor
Picking a contractor to install your new furnace or central air conditioner can be as crucial a decision as selecting the equipment itself. Besides, installing and maintain the equipment properly is necessary to make it reliable, safe and efficient.
These are key considerations for you to make as you try to find the right HVAC contractor:
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If you already know a popular heating and air conditioning contractor, that couldn’t be a better place to start. Otherwise, you can always ask friends and relatives for recommendations or referrals.
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Certifications and Trade Affiliations
Majority of leading residential contractors are members of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) or the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA). These two sites offer listings of HVAC services in your area. Find contractors whose technicians have North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and/or ENERGY STAR certifications.
Do not trust companies that offer you an estimate through the phone without having checked the job to be done. This is a big red flag. A good estimator will perform a survey of your home and create a proposal based on a heat/cooling load calculation. They will also ask you to tell them about any heating or cooling problems you’ve experienced with your old equipment, and give simple explanations or solutions.
After calculating your heat/cooling load, they will estimate the yearly operating costs for the equipment they are recommending. Several central air conditioners and furnaces are not accurately sized for the homes where they are installed, and this is attributed to improper sizing from years ago and/or improvements to the building’s energy efficiency after the old equipment was installed.
Up-to-date HVAC Technology
A knowledgeable and up-to-date contractor will never keep you from upgrading to more modern and efficient equipment. Less-qualified companies stick to outdated technologies and therefore may thus discourage you from exploring better options in the market.
A good company will give you a formal written bid or proposal that lists down all the equipment that should be installed, along with all the work to be done and the costs entailed, including labor.
When looking for any kind of service, it’s always best to get estimates from different providers so you can compare. Then again, never choose based on price alone. In most cases, better contractors are more expensive and for very understandable reasons.
Lastly, professionalism is a hallmark of a good HVAC contractor. Reputable companies’ staff are made of are workers who are prompt and polite. The they treat you now is how they will treat you when problems or issues come around. They should have a brick-and-mortar location and be proud to have you visit them. An office or shop is a sign that the company has been operating and plans to remain in business.