Need a heating and cooling contractor, either because your system has stopped working or you’re looking for a replacement? If you don’t already have a contractor you trust, shopping for a provider can be an intimidating proposition. After all, your heating and cooling equipment represents a sizable investment, and you want the most capable and trustworthy contractor you can find. Here are seven key considerations when you’re looking for a heating and cooling contractor.
- Do your homework: Most contractors have thorough and well-done websites these days, but don’t go by looks alone. Research any contractors you’re considering. Are they licensed and insured. What equipment do they offer? Do they employ NATE-certified technicians?
- Look for offers: Although you don’t want to base your final decision on any special offers a contractor is offering, it never hurts to check. The contractor who winds up with the highest marks could also be offering a financial incentive or two.
- Ask around: Friends, neighbors and family members can be a valuable resource. If they’ve used the same contractor for quite a while, the service provider most likely has a good track record.
- Call them: Ask your prospective contractors for references, and get in touch with them.
- Get a thorough evaluation: Any prospective contractor should evaluate hour home and systems before providing you with a quote. Ask him how he will size your equipment. Will he use the industry-standard methods or just go by a rule-of-thumb calculation based on your present system or your home’s square footage? Any rule-of-thumb calculation is a red flag.
- Pay attention: Is the prospective contractor recommending a less expensive unit just because it looks like he wants to make the sale? A quality contractor will go over the benefits of high-efficiency equipment, which generally costs more upfront but pay off in terms of energy savings in the long run.
- Get it in writing: Any prospective contractor should provide you with a written and itemized estimate. Make sure you get a start and completion date.
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