Choosing a Heating and Cooling Company

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Remember choosing a reputable HVAC contractor to install a furnace or air conditioner is just as important as the equipment itself. The correct installation and knowledge is so important for equipment to run safely, reliably, and at top efficiency. Here is a list of 11 tips to help you out.


You know someone who works for an HVAC contractor. This is already a step in the right direction. I would call them up and see what they can do for you. Someone who used them probably will have referred them to you anyway. You can ask friends and family if they have used the company before. You might even get a discount. Score!

 

A reputable HVAC contractor will be able to answer any questions that you have.

They will be able to tell you almost direct answers. They will be willing to help and share any awards or certifications that you ask for.

 

Overall appearance. I know right it sounds silly. You would be amazed how many customers tell me they had a company come out and the second they pulled up to the house they know they made a bad decision. If the person walks up to your door and they look dirty, baggy clothes, hair messy, vehicle trashed, not speaking proper and unorganized then you know you called the wrong company.

 

A good HVAC contractor will ask if you have ever had any problems in the past with the system. It is kind of like a doctor asking family history. The contractor wants to learn as much as they can about your system. Say you told those 2 years ago you had a condenser replaced. They will generally check that out just to check the proper installation and status of that condenser.

 

I would recommend not giving business to a company that is in a hurry to “sell you” or trying to give you cheap prices over the phone without seeing your system. This is a big sign of a company this will tell you “oh that’s only $500. They come out to the house and check your system and all the sudden that price is $5000. It happens all the time.

 

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When you find an HVAC contractor, do a check on them. I would highly recommend going to the Better Business Bureau and check out the rating and complaints. Remember it is a business, there are unhappy people everywhere. You will see some complaints and that is okay. If they have been in business for 1 year and have five complaints, I would steer away. No company is perfect just remember that. I would also go to Google and check out the reviews. If you see a bunch of reviews that the company is dirty and left a mess. I would recommend not using them.

 

If you like to shop around. DO IT. Getting estimates for multiple heating and cooling companies is a great idea. You can find one that has a better price, product, military discounts or whatever. There is many different things you can discover when you shop around. You do not buy the first car you go look out so why do it for an HVAC system. This will also give you time to check those companies’ out.

 

The company should give you a written proposal. It should pricing, equipment being installed, labor cost and be detailed to answer questions for you. You want to make sure you get this info because it will be your set in price. You do not want them to go do the job then they say actually it cost $8000 when your paper clearly shows $4000.

 

Sometimes it pays to have a second opinion. If I had a dollar for every time we have gone out to a house, the previous contractor gave them a bid to replace the entire unit, and all that they needed was something small and cheap I would have many dollars. We see it all the time.

 

Can I see your permit? This is a great question to ask a contractor when they come to the door. This will immediately let you know if they are legit

Always be fearful when you use rick the neighborhood handyman. The reason we say this is when something fails or goes majorly wrong he will not pay for it or insure his work. You are then left to figure out that whole process. A little repair rick tried to fix might have now become a major repair that was not the problem in the beginning.

 

 

11 Comments so far:

  1. I just moved into an older home and I was wondering if I should have my HVAC system looked at, as who knows when the last time it received any care was. You wrote that when choosing an HVAC contractor, look for one that is easy to communicate with and has answers to all the questions you field them. If they can respond to all the questions, it means they are knowledgeable and probably have experience doing this kind of work. Thanks for the great read.

  2. You mentioned to give the company as much information, whether repairs or concerns, so they can make sure things are running properly. We just moved into our home a few months ago, so we don’t have much history on our HVAC system. In this case, would a thorough maintenance check be the best option, to make sure everything is in good working condition?

  3. I’ve been thinking about getting a heating repair service out to our home because we were having some spotty issues last winter. I’m glad that you talked about being able to shop around for heating repair companies, and getting estimates would be good. I think that making sure we’re working with a quality company is the best way to make sure that we’re getting good work done, and that we have a good experience getting our heating system fixed!

  4. My wife and I want to replace our water heater before winter gets here, but we are having a hard time finding a contractor we can trust. I like that you suggest checking online or with the BBB to check for relevant customer reviews. We’ll be sure to keep in mind that no company has perfect reviews but still look for the most reputable. Thanks for sharing!

  5. My wife and I are wanting to upgrade our AC unit for this summer, but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you suggest checking reviews online and checking their ratings with the BBB. I’ll have to contact them and see if there have been any complaints filed against the company or not. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks for your comment about how an HVAC contractor should install your systems properly. It’s interesting that you said that they should also offer you a written estimate. My husband and I want to find professional HAC contractors to repair our water heater.

  7. I recently noticed that my air conditioner has difficulty getting to cool temperatures and I want to get it fixed as soon as possible because it is very hot outside! I appreciate that you say a good HVAC repair company will be willing to answer any questions and concerns that you have and will be very knowledgeable. Also, I want to find a family who has been in business for many years because this shows me that they are reputable in the community.

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