When it comes to choosing an HVAC contractor, you should be as fussy as your child is when you try to persuade them to eat their greens. Your health, energy bill, comfort, and home upkeep depend on it. Learn how to choose an HVAC contractor with this simple checklist:
Potential contractors should offer a thorough home evaluation to determine the best heating and cooling solution. There are many factors that could affect the amount of work you need done and the price they’ll end up charging. An HVAC contractor should come to your home to measure it, check to see what kind of insulation you have, and inspect the duct system for leaks or loose segments. If they try to give you an estimate over the phone before they’ve been out to see your home in person, hang up and look elsewhere.
Licensing and experience
Your HVAC system uses some of the most expensive equipment in your home. You’ll want to make sure you hire a contractor who is educated, certified, and experienced in how electrical wiring, refrigerant, combustion systems, and airflow through heating ducts work. In Minnesota, mechanical contractors must have a bond filed and approved by the Department of Labor and Industry and be licensed according to local requirements. You should also check that their work is insured, so that you are protected in case of their injury or accidental damage to your home.
Pricing and quality
Check to see if the companies you are looking into offer rebates and special offers to offset the expense of HVAC equipment and repair. Also, keep in mind that the lowest price is not always the best. You’ll want a company that provides expertise in your equipment manufacturer of choice and correct, professional installation. It may cost you more, but it will save you money in the long run. Make sure they give you a written bid of the work, not a verbal contract. The bid should list everything that needs to be done and the price you can expect.
Referrals and reviews
Ask the company for references and call them. Check out their testimonials, Google reviews, and page on Angie’s list. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors for referrals. You can learn a lot about a company just by examining their reputation.
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