Most homeowners can handle minor HVAC maintenance like changing air filters and clearing exterior debris from their units, but when it comes to repairs and installations, it’s best to rely on an HVAC professional. But not all service technicians are alike! Spend some time researching HVAC service technicians to find the one that’s the best for you. After all, you’re making an investment in your home’s comfort, air quality and safety.
Proper Licensing and Insurance
HVAC contractors are required to meet specific education and on-the-job experience requirements, as well as pass written exams to obtain a license to work in the industry. To qualify for and continue to hold that license, they (or their company) are required to hold a minimum level of insurance and bonding to protect the homeowner in the case of accidental property damage or personal injury.
Your heating and cooling system is one of the most complex systems in your home, which is why you want to trust the most experienced individuals and companies to perform installations and repairs.
- Individual experience: Prior to licensing, most states require that an applicant have a minimum amount (typically 2 to 5 years) of on-the-job or training experience working with HVAC systems. You want to choose a technician who is well-trained and experienced since they will be dealing with electrical wiring, refrigerant, combustion systems, and your home’s airflow.
- Company experience: A company who has weathered the ups and downs of the economy over many years is likely to be a better bet than a company that is just starting out. A company that has been in business for at least 15 – 20 years has probably gained trust in the local area.
Written Estimates, and Contracts
Cost is always an important consideration. Since estimates can vary widely between companies and contractors, it is important to obtain a detailed, written estimate for your job, as discussed with you. Beware of price estimates that are significantly lower than the competitors’! Yes, you want to save money but cheap prices are often a sign of a cutting corners and not following the manufacturer’s specifications, which can add up to big costs in the long run. When you choose your HVAC technician to perform your installation or repairs, request a written contract with specific details regarding the scope of the work, the materials to be used, and the expected duration of the job. Be sure your contract also includes such specifics as the prices of all services and materials involved and the warranties on labor and products.
References, Recommendations, and Review Sites
Look for companies that are trusted by your closest friends and family as well as your neighbors. You will often be able to see the company’s work firsthand as well as hear details about their experience. Online review sites are also vital sources of information. Databases like Angie’s List, Kudzu, and Home Advisor allow members to tell about their experience with a company. You want to find a technician who works for a company that has a positive rating and few or no complaints on record.
At Atlanta Air Care, we are confident that we can provide you with the most professional, well-trained service technicians in the area. Our company is consistently referred among friends and family as well as throughout neighborhood and online communities. Ask around and check out our reviews, then give us a call!