Did you take your time during the contractor search?
Every air conditioner is not the same. And not all contractors have the same skills. That is why it is so important that you take the time to stop, do some research and find the right HVAC professional for the job.
Need air conditioner maintenance, service or installation services? The contractor search is the first and most important step of the process. You don’t want any Tom, Dick or Harry in charge of your home comfort. You want a professional with the right raining and know-how to do a bang-up job the first time. Here are some things to look for when searching for an HVAC professional:
- Need a starting point? Look at reviews. You can’t run for your online reputation. Online reviews are a great place to start to get an at-a-glance view of a contractor’s skills. Are the reviews negative? You may want to choose a different professional.
- Did you get a quote over the phone? Stay away! As a rule, quotes over the phone are inaccurate. Each home is unique. Your contractor should perform a Manual J load calculation to determine the size of your system. They should also examine your ductwork and ask about any features you’re looking for to enhance comfort. If they are willing to cut corners with the quote, who’s to say that they won’t cut corners during the install.
- Questions, questions questions… Contractor asking a lot of questions? Good! If the contractor who shows up to your home seems disinterested in your home comfort desires, they may not be your best bet.
- Do they work on the equipment you want? Looking into a high-efficiency system? Do you want a particular brand? Not all systems are the same. Different equipment needs different training. Make sure your contractor has training for the equipment you want.
The quality of the installation is going to determine the performance of your new air conditioner. Skimping on installation costs is a good way to end up paying more down the road.
What are your tips for hiring the right contractor?