Choosing the right HVAC contractor can be tricky because not everyone has what it takes to deal with such a complex – and not to mention expensive – item in your home. You wouldn’t want to work with someone who just says they’re good, but aren’t actually capable of the job, at the risk of damaging your HVAC. Instead, you’ll want to find a professional who can offer the best solutions and can tackle all kinds of HVAC-related concerns, whatever make or model.
To help you make that choice, we’ve compiled a few crucial questions to ask your HVAC contractor to make sure they’re the real deal.
Don’t waste your time with an HVAC contractor who’s new to the industry. They simply don’t have the experience needed to maintain HVAC systems, particularly complex ones. A seasoned HVAC contractor, on the other hand, will be familiar with HVAC-related cases, as they will have dealt with situations similar to yours.
This isn’t to say that all new HVAC companies have poor services. In most cases, their founders worked as contractors for years, allowing them to gain a wealth of knowledge. It’s more important to look at the people they employ. When hiring an HVAC contractor via a company, make sure to ask how they select their HVAC technicians.
Certification is proof of an HVAC contractor’s competence – after all, you’d want your HVAC to be in capable hands, wouldn’t you?
Indiana doesn’t have any statewide licensing requirements for contractors, but it would be in your best interests to search for a company that requires its contractors to obtain certification, particularly the NATE certification. Being NATE-certified means that the contractor has passed a series of exams, has experience in the field, and recertifies yearly to stay up-to-date with industry practices.
One of the worst mistakes homeowners make is choosing an HVAC contractor without insurance. Being insured frees you from liability in case any accidents occur while the HVAC contractors are doing their work on your property. Be sure to go over what their insurance covers, as you’ll want to be protected against both bodily harm (to your contractors and to yourself) as well as property damage.
Ideally, your HVAC contractor should be one with whom you can build a long-term relationship. You shouldn’t have to call a new contractor each time your HVAC has a problem because that tends to be time-consuming and costly, not to mention risky as your new contractor won’t be familiar with your HVAC’s history.
In general, a good HVAC contractor’s list of services should include three main things: preventive maintenance, installation, and repairs.
HVAC contractors – reputable ones, that is – won’t have a problem with giving you an obligation-free estimate for their services. They understand that, at the end of the day, it’s your choice if you want to work with them or not. Furthermore, they must be transparent with their pricing and packages – if they can’t provide you with a breakdown of the costs, or if you can’t find any information on their website, look elsewhere.
If you’re looking for a company that ticks all of these requirements (and more!) of a good, trustworthy HVAC contractor, get in touch with Beeson Mechanical Service. Not only have we been in the business for years, but we pride ourselves in our all-inclusive HVAC services, plus our team of licensed techs. Call 317-535-9338 today to schedule a consultation.