Your HVAC equipment is at the core of a complex system that contributes to your home’s ventilation and air quality. With the right HVAC company, you can be assured that your heating and cooling requirements will be met to a T.
HVAC Contractor State Requirements
Every state has its own rules regarding licensing, insurance, bonding and continuing education of HVAC contractors. But there are general requirements, like contractors having to pass a written test and meet a minimum work experience requirement of 2-7 years. Due to the rapid development of technology, states may also require contractors to take continuous courses in order to retain their license.
Before you choose an HVAC company, know your system’s model and its background. Also see which rooms in your home feel uncomfortable to you (too warm or too cold). This allows you to see clearly whether a prospective contractor knows enough about your system and can provide the solutions you need.
Ask for recommendations and do spend time talking to these people, asking them what they think of the contractor you’re considering. After all, nothing’s better than first-hand information.
HVAC contractors with a license will have a state Construction Contractors Board number or something similar, and it must be found on their website. If not, don’t hesitate to ask them about it. Once you have the number, use it to verify with the state board if their license is current. You should also ask the company to provide proof of their liability coverage. Don’t think twice about asking for such information. Reputable HVAC contractors will be eager to respond.
Before deciding on an HVAC contractor, ask for at least three client references. Then call these people and ask them how satisfied they were with the contractor’s performance.
Ask them as well if they would hire the same contractor for a future job.
If you’re going to have a new HVAC system installed, the contractor will probably take measurements of your home, as well as check your ductwork, insulation and windows. The bid should be given to you in written form, itemized with all details including warranties.
To know an HVAC company’s reputation, read online reviews about it. However, it’s important to stick to independent consumer websites that feature authentic and credible reviews. In contrast, marketing websites usually reek of biases, with reviews that are mostly fabricated and misleading.
Lastly, don’t limit yourself to just one prospective HVAC company. Instead, consider at least two or three options so you can compare them and make a wiser choice in the end.