Hiring a New HVAC Contractor? 10 Tips to Find the Right One
Hiring a new HVAC contractor should be easy. After all, they’re everywhere: advertising via Internet classifieds, sticking flyers on your front door, maybe even soliciting business over the phone. That’s precisely why hiring a new HVAC contractor might seem easy, but it isn’t. Finding a competent, established HVAC professional takes research.
Here are 10 tips for hiring a new HVAC contractor who lives up to the name.
- Check for proper licensing. Here in Delaware, the Division of Professional Regulation provides a website to verify the status of any HVAC contractor’s license.
- Ask neighbors and friends for referrals to specific contractors. Local trade organizations my also keep a roster of approved contractors.
- Make sure the contractor has an established office or shop. A legitimate professional will have a permanent local business address.
- Request at least three local references from the contractor. Call and ask about their level of satisfaction with the work.
- Inquire about rebates and other special offers. Any established contractor should be able to discuss incentives like rebates and tax credits for consumers upgrading HVAC equipment.
- Ask if the contractor sells Energy Star-qualified products that meet enhanced EPA energy efficiency standards. He or she should be able to provide figures of potential savings from Energy Star systems.
- Anticipate a home energy evaluation. The contractor should assess the status quo of your house, including the quality of insulation, amount of air infiltration and condition of ductwork.
- Obtain written estimates with all services itemized. Estimates should include cost, energy efficiency specs and warranty terms.
- Insist on a signed contract. Get everything in writing: costs, model numbers of equipment and a hard deadline for completion.
- Spread the news. Tell neighbors and friends about your good experience with the contractor and the improved performance of Energy Star heating and cooling equipment.
If you’re considering hiring a new HVAC contractor, give the licensed pros at Sobieski Services a call. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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