Here are some suggestions to help select an HVAC Contractor:
Before you buy, find out about license and insurance requirements for contractors in your area. Before you call a contractor, know the model of your current system and its maintenance history. Also make note of any uncomfortable rooms. This will help a potential dealer better understand your cooling needs.
Expect a home evaluation.
The AC technician should spend significant time inspecting your current system and home to assess your needs. A bigger system isn’t always better; they should also size the heating and cooling system based on the size of your house, level of insulation, and windows. A good technician will inspect your duct system (if applicable) for air leaks and insulation and measure airflow to make sure it meets manufacturers specifications.
Ask for referrals.
Get recommendations from friends, coworkers, real estate agents and home improvement specialists.
Ask an HVAC contractor for customer references and call them. Ask about the installation or service performance, and if the job was completed on time and within budget.
Get written, itemized estimates.
When comparing proposals (bids), be sure to compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties. A lowest price may not be the best deal if it’s not the most efficient because your energy costs will be higher.
Get it in ink.
Sign a written proposal before you buy A/C products or work gets started. It’ll protect you by specifying project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information.
Research the selection of services a contractor offers.
Is scheduled maintenance included? What about repairs? Are they available 24 hours a day?
Find special offers.
An indoor comfort control system is one of the largest purchases you’ll make as a homeowner. Keep your costs down by checking around for available manufacturer, state and utility rebates on energy-efficient equipment.