You’re buying a new HVAC system. You’ve done your research on the most efficient models and found the one that best meets your needs. But who’s going to install it? Even if you’ve bought a great system, a poor installation can cause it to operate inefficiently and ultimately shorten its lifespan. So how can you find the best HVAC installer for your project? Here are a few ways to vet potential contractors.
Do your research. Don’t hire an HVAC company without doing your research first. Look at their website and see how long they’ve been in business. Ask for a full list of their past clients, so you can ask them what their experience with the company was like. Also, look them up on the Better Business Bureau website to make sure they don’t have any blots on their reputation. Not all companies choose to register with the BBB, but if they do, checking there can tell you a lot.
Check for certification. Before hiring an HVAC contractor, make sure they’re NATE certified. NATE is a non-profit organization that provides rigorous testing for HVAC contractors to distinguish the best ones. By insisting on NATE certification, you know you’re getting the best HVAC installer available. It’s also a good idea to get an Energy Star-certified installation. An extensive checklist of installation procedures makes sure your system is installed properly for peak efficiency.
Make sure they’re licensed. Never hire an HVAC contractor that isn’t licensed, bonded and insured. This ensures that they’re qualified to do the work and are covered in case of property damage or injury. Otherwise, you could end up footing the bill for these accidents yourself.
Shop around. Get estimates from at least three different contractors to compare prices and make sure you’re not getting overcharged. However, don’t just automatically take the lowest one. Look at what each company offers for that price, and choose the one that provides the best value for your money.
For more help finding the best HVAC installer, contact Wolff Mechanical in the Phoenix Valley area today.
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