Your HVAC equipment is part of a complex system that plays a critical role in providing good air quality and ventilation in your home. 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
HVAC contractors have to adhere to certain licensing, insurance/bonding, and continuing education guidelines, depending on the state in which they operate. However, there are general requirements, including passing a written exam and a two-year minimum work experience. Because of rapidly evolving technologies, states may also require contractors to complete ongoing education courses to maintain their license.
Before hiring an HVAC company, consider the brand and model of your equipment, along with its maintenance background. Also check which rooms in your home are too hot or too cold. This will help you decide faster whether a potential contractor is knowledgeable enough about your system and can give you the services you need.
Ask for referrals and spend time calling these people, asking them what they think of the HVAC provider. What could be more accurate than first-hand information anyway?
A licensed HVAC contractor should have a state Construction Contractors Board number or something like it, and this should be indicated in their website. If not, don’t hesitate to ask them about it. When you have the number, contact the state board to know if their license is active. You should also ask the company to provide proof of their liability coverage. Don’t think twice about asking for such information. Good HVAC contractors will be happy to provide what you need.
Before you actually hire an HVAC company, ask them to provide three client references at least. Then make it a point to call these people and ask if they were pleased with the contractor’s work.
Also inquire if they would hire the same people in the future.
If you’re going to have a new HVAC system installed, they may take measurements of your home, check insulation, ductwork and your 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. It’s important, however, to stick to trusted third-party websites where testimonials are generally credible. Marketing websites are often full of fabricated reviews which can be highly misleading.
Finally, don’t just consider one prospective HVAC provider. Instead, consider two or three different companies so you can make comparisons and make a smart choice.