Finding the right A/C Contractor
Finding the right A/C Contractor
From time to time you may need an affordable HVAC contractor in Texas for reliable heating, ventilation or air conditioning services. But what should you look for in an HVAC professional? You want someone that is not only experienced and licensed but also pre-screened and certified for your protection. You want someone who offers a wide range of services that can handle any job, from cleaning air ducts to installing a new boiler or furnace. A skilled residential or commercial HVAC contractor can be a one man shop or part of a larger home improvement company. But the most important consideration is to find someone who not only works in your area, but also has an excellent reputation for quality service at reasonable prices. And for your convenience, you should be able to receive quotes either by phone, email or in person prior to making your decision so that you know how much the job will cost before work begins. So let’s take a look at a few things that you should consider before hiring a heating and air conditioning contractor.
Furnace or Air Conditioner Troubleshooting and Repair
HVAC professionals in Texas offer a wide range of services. Following is a partial list of the services that you can choose from. This list is not all inclusive, so if you are in need of any HVAC repairs, installation, or replacement, please request a free quote for more information.
Boiler install replace repair service
Central A/C install replace repair service
Ductless (mini-split) A/C install
Ducts/vents install replace
Electrical baseboard/wall heater install, repair
Furnace/Heating System install replace repair service
Heat pump install repair
Humidifier install repair
Radiant floor heating system install repair
Thermostat install replace
Selecting a Licensed HVAC Contractor
When your furnace or air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced, you will want to hire a professional TexasHVAC contractor in Alaska for the job. HVAC by the way stands for “Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning”. If it has to do with heating, ventilation or air conditioning, an HVAC contractor has the experience and training to handle it. But how do you make sure that the contractor you hire is the right person for the job? Let’s take a look at some of the things you should look at before committing to hire an HVAC contractor.
Ask friends and family for referrals. Often the best source for finding a good HVAC contractor is asking friends and family if they have used someone that they are happy with. Ask what type of work the contractor did, were they happy with the work, and was the price fair and in line with other contractors. Another way to obtain referrals is to use a service recommended by this website that pre-screens contractors in your area or zip code 99821 that provide quotes either by phone or by email.
Verify that HVAC contractor has required licenses and insurance. Be sure to check that the contractor you are considering is in compliance with all local and Alaska licensing requirements and certifications. Also, be sure to ask for certificates of insurance for the contractor’s Worker’s Comp and Liability Insurance in the event that there is an injury to an employee while working or damage to your property.
Check for customer complaints. Do some due diligence by checking with your Texas Attorney General’s office and the Better Business Bureau for any complaints filed against the HVAC contractor you are considering. Online rating services, such as Google + Local or Yelp, can give you some insight as to the reputation of the contractor in your community.
Ask for references. Talk with 2 or 3 past Texas clients of the contractor to get some feedback on the quality of the work performed. Ask if they were completely satisfied with their experience, and if not, why not. Also, did the final bill come in as quoted, and if not, again why not.
Meet with the HVAC contractor at your home. Before making a final assessment and providing a firm quote for services, the contractor should be willing to inspect your system and perform a diagnostic if necessary. Be wary of any contractor that makes a cursory inspection without asking many questions.
Obtain several bids before making your final choice. It is a good idea to get bids from at least 3 Texas contractors before selecting the HVAC specialist for the job. Overall cost is important, but be sure to also compare the quality of the components installed or replaced, including energy efficiency and warranties.
Get it all in writing. Once you have narrowed it down to your final selection, ask the HVAC contractor to put it all in writing. Things that you want to see in writing are all costs and fees, start and completion dates, guarantees and warranties, and payment due dates. Most importantly, be sure that you receive a detailed summary of all work to be completed, and systems to be installed, including brand and model numbers. There should be no surprises or deviations from the written proposal without your approval.