You will be probably glad to hire the 1st repairman who comes to your home that day if your air conditioner has gone broken on a scorching day or your furnace has died in cold temperatures. However, it is worth the time to interview and research some companies before hiring one if you are planning a costly or major upgrade to your house’s heating, air conditioning, or air ducts.
Whether you are from Escondido, Anaheim, Salt Lake City, or Long Island, HVAC repair is a necessity. So when you are hiring one, do not forget to ask about these:
- Insurance, Bond, and License
A lot of municipalities and states require that HVAC contractors meet on-the-job experience requirements and minimum education. They should also pass written exams for them to be licensed to work in the industry of HVAC.
HVAC companies usually need to hold a minimum level of bonding and insurance for them to qualify for and continue to hold the license. Any expert that works in your house must bring liability insurance to secure the homeowner in the case of injury or accidental damage.
A professional HVAC company must have a list of recent clients you can call in order to confirm that the company performed the job in a timely manner and to the satisfaction of the client. It is essential to contact those references to get appropriate information about how their projects did.
It is important to at least get 3 written quotes from 3 different companies due to the high cost of installing, replacing, or repairing new HVAC equipment.
Your most important consideration should be the cost of the project. Costs may depend greatly from one company to another. However, it is also essential to make sure that the projects overall details, scope, and completion dates are systematically documented.
- Brands Carried
Be sure to ask potential companies what certain equipment brands or manufacturers they carry when looking estimates for replacement or new HVAC equipment. Oftentimes, HVAC companies only carry a small brand selection unlike other home improvement contractors. You might need to limit your hiring selections to companies that concentrate in your equipment brand of choice if you are doing your own price evaluation research on new equipment.
- Experience With Your System
Make sure that the company you picked has appropriate experience with your specific system if your HVAC systems rely on an old operating system like steam-driven radiators, or features top-end energy-efficiency design like a geothermal system.
- Tax Credits or Rebates
Your project might qualify for state or federal tax credits or rebates depending on the type of HVAC equipment you are upgrading or installing. Make sure to ask about what incentives are available for your project and ensure the project is documented properly to meet local, state, or federal incentive requirements.
Make sure you know what you are paying for because having your equipment maintained professionally on a regular basis might extend its lifespan and improve its efficiency.