Any improper handling of your HVAC system can degrade your home's comfort, indoor air quality, shorten equipment life and increase your energy bills. For that reason, you should take the time to find a good HVAC contractor. Here are helpful tips for choosing the best possible contractor.
Check Local Licenses
When interviewing a contractor, ask for proof of the applicable licenses. It's also important for the contractor to have liability insurance to protect you in the case of injury or accidental damage.
Recent customers are a great source of information. You'll learn a lot about a contractor from the experiences these customers share with you. Make sure you ask any prospective contractors for references and call them.
Test Their Experience
The HVAC contractor you hire should have experience with your heating and cooling equipment, especially if it features a less common design or technology. Ask questions relating to your equipment and see how knowledgeable the contractor is through his or her answers.
Pay Attention to Home Evaluation
When speaking to potential contractors, you should expect them to mention something to do with inspecting your current HVAC system or home. That's the only way they can accurately determine your needs and give you an accurate quote. Avoid hiring a contractor that quotes a price without recommending an inspection.
Get a Written Estimate
A good contractor will have no problem giving you a written estimate. If a contractor can't offer a written estimate, take that as a red flag. Written estimates make it easier for you to compare costs, warranty information and energy efficiency.
Get a Detailed Written Proposal
Before the work starts, sign a detailed, written proposal with the contractor. It'll specify important details such as costs and job schedule, giving you more peace of mind.
By following these tips, you'll find a contractor that will ensure the safety of your HVAC equipment and offer the best value for your money. For more information on hiring an HVAC contractor, contact us at Arpi's Industries. We've served the Calgary area for more than 50 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about finding an HVAC contractor and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide.
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