Whether you’re considering hiring a heating and AC maintenance services contractor or you just want to make sure you find someone who’s qualified to work on your HVAC system, Reliable AC & Heat shares a quick guide on the things you need to look for when hiring an HVAC contractor in this post.
License — A valid license checks many items off a “good contractor” checklist. HVAC companies generally need to be in business for at least five years before they can be issued a license. Technicians employed by legitimate HVAC companies are typically required to have NATE certification, which means said technicians have undergone training in all aspects of dealing with heating and cooling systems.
Insurance — Sometimes HVAC installations require minor construction work. This means your HVAC contractor needs to have both general liability insurance and workers’ compensation (or workers comp), which covers accidental property damage and worksite injuries, respectively. A trustworthy contractor should be able to furnish a copy of their insurance certificate.
References — HVAC contractors who claim to have years of experience should have a long list of references to back that claim. Ask for at least three contacts, and—more importantly—make it a point to call these numbers. To make the most of each call, prepare a list of questions to ask the HVAC contractor, such as whether they finish their work on time and how the quality of their workmanship is.
Brands — A good HVAC contractor should carry a great selection of leading HVAC system brands like Carrier. A contractor that’s also an authorized dealer has several advantages, such as receiving periodic training from the manufacturer. In addition to being knowledgeable about said manufacturer’s products, they’ll also be authorized to perform repairs or replacements under warranty.
Service Agreements — A service agreement enables you to schedule inspections and maintenance appointments throughout your HVAC system’s service life. This makes it easy to keep up with maintenance requirements while eliminating the need to set up an inspection every year.