7 Questions To Answer Before Hiring A New HVAC Contractor
Over the course of homeownership, hiring a new HVAC contractor is a task you will likely face. The job may feel overwhelming, with so many to choose from. Here are seven questions to ask of any potential hire to help make your decision easier.
1. How long have you been in business?
Determining how long the contractor has been doing business can give you a good indication of his experience and knowledge in the industry. *We’ve been in business since 1987.
2. Do you have local references?
Before hiring a new HVAC contractor, request a minimum of three recent local references. Follow through by calling each one to determine their level of satisfaction with the work done, as well as the timeliness of the project. *Ask and you shall receive. We’ve served customers in and around the Wilmington, DE and West Chester, PA areas for over 25 years — that’s a lot of references!
3. What additional services do you offer?
After the work is completed, you may require further services from planned maintenance to duct cleaning. Don’t forget to inquire about emergency service as well. *We are a full-service company, offering all the services you’ll need over the life of your HVAC system.
4. Do you have an up-to-date license and insurance?
Ask the contractor for his license number and run a search online at the State of Delaware website. In addition, verify the contractor has current liability insurance, to protect you in the event of damage or injury. Hiring an uninsured contractor may result in a denial of a claim through your own homeowners’ insurance. *We hold up-to-date licenses in DE, PA, MD, NJ.
5. What warranties do you offer?
Find out exactly what will be covered in terms of both parts and service. A warranty should be clear and concise. *Our Comfort Advisors will go over all warranties with you, including any manufacturer’s warranties.
6. Do you have NATE-certified technicians?
NATE certification is the gold standard for excellence in the industry. Those certified have passed rigorous testing, providing you the reassurance that the job will be done right the first time. *We proudly employ NATE-certified technicians.
7. Will you pull the required permits?
Permits exist to protect both homeowners and contractors, by ensuring work is done up to building code standards. *We will ALWAYS pull the required permits.
When the time comes to hire a new HVAC contractor, give us a call at Sobieski Services. For more than a decade, we have been providing quality service to the residents of Wilmington, West Chester and the surrounding areas.
Sobieski serves Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding areas. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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