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Choosing a Good HVAC Contractor

Just because an HVAC contractor is well-known doesn’t mean they are the best choice for your needs. HVAC contractors are always in demand because people and businesses always HVAC servicing, repair, or replacement. Do your research and check the contractor’s reputation before hiring them.

Where to Find Prospects

Start 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. These members are all in good standing and can provide referrals for past jobs.
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You can also visit consumer review and rating websites, where you can find out if the contractor or company you are about to hire is reliable and performs superior quality work. Otherwise, you can simply ask people for recommendations. Friends, relatives and colleagues are usually happy to help whenever they can.
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The Better Business Bureau

When verifying the consumer ratings of an HVAC contractor, you will find the Better Business Bureau (BBB) extremely helpful. On its website, you will be able to check whether your prospective contractor has a history of being the subject of consumer complaints. 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 the plan is to install a new system, be sure that the contractor you hire is specialist in the specific brand or model your equipment comes in.

Important Paperwork

> Licensing

An HVAC contractor may have to get a county, municipal or state license, depending on your location. To know if HVAC contractors in your state need a license, visit the websites of the Contractor’s License Reference Site and National Contractors.

> Bonding

A contract license surety bond is necessary to shield your against unfair dealings, and also to protect you financially in case there are problems with the agreement.

> Worker’s compensation insurance

In the event that a worker suffers an injury as a result of doing his job on your property, you will be spared from financial liability if the contractor has worker’s compensation insurance.

The Contract

Beginning with your initial inquiry, keep all communication in writing. 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:

> project start date and end date

> a breakdown of labor and equipment costs

> payment schedule and mode

> client referrals