When it comes to HVAC repair, maintenance, or installation, selecting the right contractor is absolutely crucial. A reputable air conditioning or furnace contractor will ensure a professional job and provide excellent service. However, choosing the wrong contractor can result in subpar work. With numerous HVAC contractors available, it can be challenging to determine the best fit for your installation or maintenance project. Here are some tips to help you choose the right contractor for a satisfying experience and exceptional results.
Conduct Thorough Research – Licensing & Certification
Before hiring any contractor, it’s essential to request proof of their licensing and insurance. A valid license indicates that they are authorized to provide HVAC services in your area, while insurance ensures that you won’t be held responsible for any accidents or damages that may occur during their work on your property. Many homeowners overlook this step, but it is of utmost importance. Hiring an uninsured contractor can lead to liability for accidents and damages that occur while they work on your HVAC system. In addition to licensing and insurance, it’s advisable to select an HVAC contractor that holds NATE Certification. The North American Technician Excellence conducts industry-standard certification courses and testing, and NATE-certified technicians have demonstrated their proficiency in handling today’s increasingly sophisticated heating and cooling systems. NATE certification is widely regarded as a hallmark of excellence in the industry.
Come Prepared – Know Your Equipment Specifications
Before reaching out to potential contractors, equip yourself with information about your existing system. It’s recommended that you have details such as:
- Serial number of your Furnace and AC system
- Model number of your HVAC equipment
- Brand of the equipment
- Approximate age of the system
Seek Recommendations from Friends and Family
Your next HVAC contractor might be the same one who previously installed or serviced a system for someone you know. Don’t hesitate to ask friends and family for recommendations. If you’re part of a local Facebook group, consider posting a query asking for personal recommendations regarding excellent contractors. If you’re not aware of such a group, your preferred search engine can also assist in finding reputable contractors.
Demand an In-Home Evaluation – A Necessity, Not an Option
Prior to suggesting a particular HVAC system, your chosen contractor should conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your current system and your home to ascertain your specific requirements. Bigger is not always better when it comes to HVAC systems. A competent contractor should recommend and install appropriately sized HVAC equipment based on factors like your home’s size, available insulation, the number and condition of windows, the age of your home, and other pertinent considerations. For homes with forced-air HVAC systems, a qualified contractor should inspect the duct system for proper insulation, identify any leaks, and measure airflow to ensure alignment with manufacturer specifications.
Obtain Written and Detailed Estimates
If you’ve received quotes from a list of potential contractors, take the time to compare these quotes meticulously, down to the smallest details. Key aspects to compare include costs, warranties, and energy efficiency. However, exercise caution as the lowest price doesn’t always translate to the best deal. While you might obtain a furnace system at a lower price, it could be highly inefficient, ultimately resulting in elevated energy costs. Evaluate the estimates carefully, but make an informed decision when selecting a contractor.
Conclude with a Thorough Inspection of the Newly Installed HVAC System
The technician should guide you through the installation process, allowing you to verify that even the minutest details have been addressed. After confirming that everything has been executed correctly, ensure you understand how the thermostat operates, especially if it’s a WiFi Smart Thermostat. Familiarize yourself with the location of air filters and the schedule for future HVAC system servicing.
Selecting the right HVAC contractor requires careful consideration and research to ensure a successful and efficient outcome for your HVAC installation or maintenance project. Fortunately if you live in Litchfield, IL or the surrounding area, Neuhaus Heating & Cooling has your back for both expertise in everything HVAC as well as excellent, timely service. Contact us today!