Replacing or repairing your heating and cooling system is quite a big investment. Obviously, replacing or installing one is more expensive and will cost you a few thousand dollars. You need to make sure that you hire the right HVAC contractor, someone who is certified, insured and licensed to take on the job for your home. They must comply with proper HVAC procedures. In order to find someone that's right for you, you need to not only take your time but you must do your research or it could be a total disaster. Let's explore how you go about finding the right contractor.
1. Ask Friends And Neighbours
This is actually an excellent way of gathering information to help you make a decision. You need to have some faith and trust in your friends and neighbours. If they are willing to recommend a specific company or contractor, then the chances of having the work done properly, efficiently, professionally and according to guidelines will be very high. You can feel very confident and not be overly stressed. Word of mouth is something many businesses rely on, in addition to other methods, so whether the words are positive or negative, chances are that it's true. It's a very powerful way of gaining (or losing) business.
2. Look At Review Sites
You can search the Internet and look for review sites. This is a helpful way as well but it's not as reliable as a direct referral. A direct referral comes from people you know and trust. With review sites, these are people you don't know, so just get a general idea and narrow it down. Sometimes, competitors can sabotage certain contractors by giving fake, negative reviews. Still, it's a worthwhile exercise. You can certainly come up with a selection and then contact them to see if they listen to you, how they speak with you and if they know and understand your system. You can find out if they're licensed as this will protect you. If they are legitimate, there should not be any hesitation on their part. The moment they say that they can't find it or "it's in the mail", hang up! Remember, finding a contractor is easy; finding the RIGHT one takes time and effort.
3. Estimate Based On Inspection
If you have candidates in mind, make sure that they are willing to inspect your system before providing you with an estimate. Everything should meet with the guidelines and if there are no problems with leakage or insulation, only then should you consider making an appointment for any repairs.
4. Questions To Ask
When you've narrowed down your search to a few candidates, you need to ask the right questions and hopefully, get the right answers. This will enable you to cut your list even further. Some questions to ask are:
Be careful when making your decision; don't go with the cheapest quote. By all means, get several quotes from different bidders, but you need to look at (and understand) the big picture. Some workers may try to cut corners and you never want that. This is a major investment in your home. You need quality work or you're the one who'll pay the price, so keep this in mind.
A great company will also take into consideration the ducts in your home. This is an important part of the whole process. Anyone who doesn't even talk about it should not even be considered. Remember that the company you go with is going to have a long relationship with you. People have been burned before by scammers preying on unsuspecting customers.
Remember to ask about licensing, bonding and insurance. Though mentioned earlier, this is very, very important. Another tip; if you have a system and someone suggests replacing it rather than repairing it, get another opinion. These systems can last for over 20 years. Make sure to have someone check it while it's running and not after it breaks down. Inspections will keep things functioning smoothly. Once it breaks down, you could be the prey to an unscrupulous company. Sometimes the elderly can fall for this. Knowing a trick or two can keep the bad guys at bay.