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How to Choose an HVAC Contractor?

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HVAC contractors are responsible for installing and maintaining all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in the home. As such, they should have knowledge of the various HVAC systems available, from furnaces to heat pumps to ductless mini-split air conditioners.

How do you choose an HVAC contractor?

If you're starting the process of choosing an HVAC contractor, don't forget to ask your friends and family for recommendations. Suppose you know someone who has had a positive experience with a particular contractor. In that case, it's a good idea to have them screen the candidate for you.

What questions should I ask before hiring an HVAC contractor?

During the interview process, begin by asking about their experience with your type of heating and cooling system. For example, if you have a forced-air furnace, ask how many furnaces they've installed in recent years. Avoid any contractors with very little experience or expertise in installing your particular brand or model of the HVAC system; their experience will be very limited or possibly nonexistent.

Learn about the contractor's experience with your type of HVAC system.

What are red flags when it comes to choosing a HVAC contractor?

How long has the company been in business, and how many technicians does it employ? A new company will be less likely to have highly experienced developers and technicians on staff. In contrast, an established company will be more likely to have those resources and a thorough grasp of the latest home heating and cooling technology.

In addition, take note of the contractor's level of customer service. Call the office for technical advice or help to schedule your installation appointment. You should get in touch with a live person right away. The same goes for scheduling future maintenance; a good contractor will schedule your follow-up appointments in advance.

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  1. Thank you for explaining that you should ask your friend and family for recommendations of anyone they've had a positive experience with. We've been hoping to find someone to help us with our AC unit before the weather starts to warm up so we can make sure everything's running properly. I'll be sure to ask some of our friends in the neighborhood who they might recommend.

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