Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor: What You Need to Know

Are you in the market for a new HVAC contractor? There are some things that you should know before you choose the right contractor for your project. Below, we will offer some tips for choosing the right HVAC contractor.

Tips for Choosing the Right HVAC contractor

As you start looking for an HVAC contractor for your heating and cooling needs, keep the following tips in mind:

Do Your Homework

Before calling an HVAC contractor, you’ll want to find out all you can about your current HVAC system. Be sure to access your unit’s maintenance history as well as the correct make and model of the unit before calling a technician. You’ll also want to do a “once over” in your home, noting any hot or cold spots and/or where you feel there may be additional heating or cooling related problems. Having this information handy ahead of time will help you better judge what might need serviced, and it will also help the contractor better understand your home’s HVAC needs.

Look for Certified Technicians

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recommends that homeowners … “look for contractors whose technicians are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and/or partnered with ENERGY STAR.”

All of our technicians at Kemnitz are NATE certified, so our customers are guaranteed to receive exceptional service from technicians they can depend on. NATE certification involves extensive HVAC training and testing, which assures customers that each of our technicians are highly qualified professionals.

Ask for References

Your HVAC system is a big investment. Be sure to take proper precautions by checking references from the contractor you are considering bringing into your home to work on your HVAC system. You’ll want to take into account what types of work was performed and how well (or if!) they completed the job. If you’ve gotten a recommendation from a friend or colleague, ask them a lot of questions about the service they received, as well as whether they felt the pricing was fair and if the job was completed satisfactorily.

Prepare for an Initial Home Visit

A well trained and professional contractor will thoroughly inspect your home—which includes the HVAC system itself, as well as windows, doors, and ductwork—before making a judgement on what types of services or system repair/replacement you may need. As a homeowner, it is important to understand that a contractor should take your individual home’s needs into serious consideration and not simply try and up-sell you the biggest and most expensive option available.

Get a Written Bid

When deciding on an HVAC contractor, you should always get a bid in writing so that you can accurately assess the energy efficiency of the system, whether the system is backed by a warranty, and the final costs of the service or installation. This bid should outline the work to be performed, and the full price of equipment, parts, and labor.

Get Your Contract in Writing

This document will protect you (and your HVAC system) by listing the specific details of the job to be done. This contract should also list the job schedule and all warranty information associated with your system.

If you’re in the market for an HVAC contractor, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been serving homes and businesses in Irvine, California and surrounding areas for over 30 years. We’re family owned and operated, so we understand the importance of receiving high quality service that you and your family can depend on. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment: (949) 453-8500

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