Do you know how to spot the best HVAC contractor?
It’s time to get those air conditioners geared up for the cooling season! Have you scheduled preventative maintenance yet? Scheduling preventative maintenance is the most important thing you can do for your cooling equipment. Not only will this help prevent minor issues from becoming major problems later, but a contractor can also get your unit up and running as efficiently as possible.
The key to successful preventative maintenance – and any HVAC work for that matter – is hiring a qualified professional. It’s important to know what to look for in a contractor to ensure your maintenance, repair or replacement job is going to go as smoothly as possible.
Here are the signs of a quality HVAC contractor.
Makes a house call before giving you a quote. If you are having a new system installed or an old one replaced, it is crucial that you get the best system for your home. A contractor who gives you a quote on the back of a business card or over the phone, without stepping foot in your home, can’t possibly know the type of equipment you need or the amount of work needed for the job.
Reputation matters. It’s not just word-of-mouth recommendations anymore – the internet provides a wealth of information that can help you make an informed hiring decision. You want to make sure that the contractor you hire has a positive reputation with past clients. It is very hard to run from a bad online reputation. So, check those review sites!
Proper documentation. It is important that your contractor is up-to-date on all licenses and permits, as it is with most home improvement projects.
Curious contractors. Your heating and cooling situation is unique. A qualified contractor is going to make sure you get the system you want in your home by asking questions.
It can be tempting to look for the contractor who gives you the best deal, but you do not want to sacrifice quality. Skilled contractors often have higher overhead costs due to things like keeping up with training and running a reputable business. If you think hiring a good contractor is expensive, try hiring an unkilled one.
Don’t know where to start your contractor search? Start here.