Selecting an HVAC contractor is an important decision that shouldn’t be made without doing some homework to make sure you’re making the correct choice.
First, find a contractor who will ask you about your wants and needs and then listen to you. With that information, they should be able to present 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 squeeze you in? 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 something you can do yourself and a successful installation requires a contractor that is skilled in many areas, from load calculation to piping and a lot of steps in between. You could get the best system, but if it’s installed incorrectly you may not get top-of-the-line performance.
Here are some other questions to help you make the best selection while researching your HVAC contractor.
Are they NATE-certified?
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 thorough tests developed by a committee of industry authorities. 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 undergone in-depth professional training.
Have you seen references or referrals?
A professional HVAC company ought to be able to provide you with a list of recent customers that you can refer to and tell you about the quality of their company’s work. Talk to 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 check out 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 committed to their profession and will be able to offer referrals for previous work.
Another way 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 check out 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 stands by them it’s likely they’ll do reliable work for you too.
Do you know if they’re licensed and insured?
Not all states require licensure for heating and cooling contractors, but practically 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 guard 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 get around any potential concerns.
When is the best time to ask these questions?
The best time to ask questions and pick an HVAC contractor is right now, before something goes wrong with your system. Get your furnace inspected while it’s working properly and schedule your yearly maintenance.
Your family’s health, comfort and safety is our business at Luikart Heating & Cooling in Newark. Our HVAC pros would be happy to answer any and all of your questions. Call us at 740-344-5497. We look forward to becoming your partner in keeping your system running safely and efficiently.