By far, the best way to find an HVAC contractor is to ask friends and family members for references. If the contractor has a history of doing high-quality work ahead of schedule and below budget, a homeowner can be fairly certain that the contractor will do similar work on his or her own home. If a homeowner doesn’t have friends or family members that can provide references, they can check with other home repair professionals they may have had dealings with. In the absence of home repair professionals, a homeowner can seek a referral from a trade or professional organization that deals with home contractors.
When choosing a contractor, especially for a large job, homeowners should not hesitate to request references, and to check those references thoroughly. Additionally, homeowners can check with their local Better Business Bureau to determine if the HVAC contractor has had any complaints against them. In some states, homeowners can check with the state licensing board to determine if there are any complaints against the contractor.
The Evaluation and Estimate
Most contractors will not be able to give a price quote over the phone. Contractors will often spend a lot of time evaluating the HVAC system and its efficiency. In addition to checking the HVAC system, some contractors will check for your current level of insulation, weather-stripping on the windows, and the quality of windows and door seals. After completing the evaluation, an HVAC Service Duluth GA contractor will provide an estimate.
When getting the estimate, look for a written, itemized estimate, and get a contract in writing before allowing the contractor to begin any work. For larger projects, a contractor should provide clear deadlines and specific part items and model numbers of any parts. The homeowner’s responsibility is to examine the work, to ensure that any parts used are the parts specified, and to ensure that the project continues on schedule.
Ask for Alternatives
In some cases, a contractor may attempt to have the homeowner purchase a new HVAC system to replace their existing model. While this may be the best option, it may not always be feasible to replace the HVAC system immediately. A good contractor can usually provide an alternative that would help the homeowner to “get by” until the system can be replaced.
If a replacement model is called for, an HVAC contractor should be able to provide alternative models in a variety of price ranges. Any time HVAC replacement is required, multiple contractors should be consulted in order to allow for comparison of estimates. When a homeowner needs a replacement or a new system, homeowners should make sure to check the energy requirements of any models they are considering. HVAC systems that have met the Energy Star guidelines are more energy-efficient and can provide substantial savings on heating and cooling bills in the long run.
Request Further Information
HVAC contractors should be able to answer questions from homeowners, but homeowners must know which questions to ask. Homeowners should ask about maintenance schedules, filter changes, and suggestions to improve energy efficiency of the home. The contractor should demonstrate any procedures for the homeowners that the homeowner does not understand. Contractors should also provide homeowners with any documentation that they may need in order to maintain their HVAC systems appropriately.
Millions of people rely on their HVAC systems to keep them comfortable in all kinds of weather. Choosing an HVAC contractor can be an intimidating prospect, but a good HVAC contractor will be able to ensure safety and comfort for all members of the family.