An HVAC contractor who is popular isn’t automatically the right fit for your needs. HVAC contractors will be ever in demand because people and businesses will always have a need for their HVAC servicing, replacement or repair expertise. Do some research and learn about contractor’s reputation prior to signing an agreement.
Where to Look for Prospects
Begin with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). This is a non-profit organization whose members include at least 60,000 professionals and at least 4,000 businesses, each of them connected to the indoor environment field and energy services. All of these members are sure to be in good standing and may be able to provide referrals for previous jobs.
Looking On The Bright Side of Experts
Another option you have is visiting consumer review and rating websites, where you can check if a company or contractor you’re eyeing is reliable and performs top quality work. Otherwise, just ask around for recommendations. Your friends, relatives and coworkers will usually be happy to help.
The Key Elements of Great Services
The Better Business Bureau
To double check an HVAC contractor’s the consumer ratings, you can check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). On its website, you can check if the contractor you’re eyeing has been the subject of consumer complaints in the past. Get in touch with your local BBB office for any inquiries.
The Contractor’s Credentials
Determine whether your prospective HVAC contractor has experience in the repair, maintenance or replacement of your current system, knowing how important this is in the prevention of future technical issues or misunderstandings. If you plan to install a new system, make sure you hire a contractor who is actually a specialist in your equipment’s specific brand or model.
HVAC contractors may have to obtain a license (state, municipality, or county), depending on location. To find out whether HVAC contractors in your state are required to have a license, check out the websites of the Contractor’s License Reference Site and National Contractors.
A contract license surety bond is a must, serving as your protection against unfair dealings, and also as a form of financial insurance if you ever run into problems with the agreement.
> Worker’s compensation insurance
In the event that a worker is injured while doing his job on your property, worker’s compensation insurance will make sure you are not financially liable.
Keep all communication in writing, right from your initial inquiry. Emailing instead of calling the company is usually better as it gives you a record of what has been said or promised.
Finally, all bids or quotes must be returned in official writing, and prior to signing the contract, be sure it includes the following:
> the project’s start and end dates
> labor and equipment cost breakdown
> mode and schedule of payment
> client referrals