If you are just starting out in owning a home, chances are, you just bought yourself some kind of heating and air conditioning system. It could be a central heating and air conditioning system, or a furnace and central air conditioning system. Either way, you’ll need to select an HVAC service plan to take care of all of the repair, tune ups and check ups. But what exactly is the best HVAC service for you? How do you go about finding and deciding on a quality HVAC service? There are a lot of steps to take, and right now, I am going to explain some of the most vital steps in selecting the HVAC service that is right for you, and all of your HVAC needs!
The first thing to do is ask your family, friends, or even your neighbor for some kind of heating and cooling company referrals. But don’t just leave it at that. Ask them exactly why they called the heating and cooling specialist in the first place, and ask them what made the heating and cooling specialist so good. Finding out what type of HVAC work they did for your friends, family or neighbor will tell you if it is even relevant to what you’re looking for. If none of the inquires with your friends, family or neighbors are worth while, then you need to start checking business listings and reviews on various websites like Yelp, for instance. Find the name of the HVAC company or contractor, search it through Google with the word “Yelp” in front of it, and see what’s documented. Never ever trust that a heating and cooling company, or, an independent HVAC specialist is great just because their website looks fancy.
Then, once you do find an HVAC specialist you think you can trust, find out if they have the correct certifications and licences that are required by law in your local area or state. If you are not totally sure what to look for and ask about, get in touch with a government official in your area to get the information from them. Also, be sure to ask the HVAC contractor to show you a copy of their licence ot certifications if dealing with an independent HVAC worker. Another important thing that should be a deal breaker, is to find out if the HVAC contractor has workman’s comp in the event they get hurt on your property. This is very important, because after all, you wouldn’t want a loss suit against you if that happened! And speaking of protection and insurance, make sure that the HVAC company or independent HVAC contractor is fully insured. That way, you are covered in the financial avenue, in the event there are any damages to your home.
But, back to the step of reading website reviews, as well as reviews through Yelp…although these are a good start, you can not always be one hundred percent sure if they are spot on, or even legit. Take the time to read a bunch of the reviews, how they are written, if they seem to structured, etc. Then, see how many reviews there are. If there are only 20 reviews, these could be legit, but there is no way to be sure, because that is very little. The way to really find out if the reviews were telling you the truth, would be to visit the website of your local better business bureau, also known as the BBB. Find out if they are even listed, and if they have a decent rating. If they are not listed with the better business bureau, or, if they have a few complaints documented.
If it’s the latter, I would keep on searching for a heating and air conditioning contractor or HVAC business that is completely clean with the BBB. In the event it is a fairly new heating and cooling company, there may not be too many reviews, and you still may want to give them a chance. In this event, you have every right to ask them for some kind of references or testimonials from other customers that they provided their heating and cooling services to. If they are really legit, and if they really want your business, they will not take insult to this, or be bothered by this simple request. Also, most HVAC contractors and heating/air conditioning companies will offer free estimates. They will have a look at your central heating and air conditioning system, your air vents, etc and tell you a rough idea of what it’s going to cost for whatever type of HVAC service you are looking to hire for.
Any heating and cooling company that will not provide this estimate is an automatic red flag, and should not be trusted nor hired. No questions asked on that! Shopping for the best price is also just as important when selecting a heating and cooling company or contractor to work for you. Don’t just rely on one that seems to be really great. Get a second and a third opinion. Have estimates from at least 3 HVAC businesses before making your final choice. This is because you most likely will find a better deal and cheaper price from someone else. It is after all, a competitive market. And, last but not least, be sure that the heating and air conditioning specialist you choose to go with will give you the full details of the HVAC service in writing or in some kind of contract.
This contract will explain the direct fees involved for the HVAC services you are having performed on your central heating and cooling unit, it will talk about possible future fees for upgrades, extra labor and even payment due dates. Payment due dates come in if you are having a very large HVAC repair job being done, or, if you are having a full on HVAC installation job performed. Just like the estimate, if any heating and air conditioning company or contractor will not do this in writing, this should set off an automatic red flag! So as you see, selecting a heating and cooling professional is not as easy as it may seem. However, if you follow the simple (but detailed) steps and instructions I have just provided to you, there should be no trouble at all. You will be guaranteed to have a pleasant experience and a top quality HVAC provider for many years to come!