Working With HVAC Contractors

  • Seek referrals from neighbors, family, or business associates. It’s wise to get price quotes from at least three contractors.
  • A service plan that combines regular inspections with discounts on repairs and a labor warranty is worth negotiating into the overall price.
  • Improper installation can make even the best system run poorly or need frequent repair.
  • Since energy costs are not likely to drop in the foreseeable future, you should consider replacing your entire cooling system when faced with a major repair of your old system.
  • Contractors who bid on your installation should show you proof of bonding and insurance, plus any required contractor’s licenses.
  • Finding a trustworthy contractor to install and service an air-conditioning system matters the most.
  • In the end, it’s the contractor who will make the biggest difference in how well the furnace replacement goes.
  • Be wary of bids that are considerably below others; the contractor may be cutting corners in ways that compromise the system’s effectiveness.
  • Early October can be a good time to upgrade your heating system.
  • The most important steps to selecting a furnace are to ensure that the unit’s specifications fit your needs, that it is both from a contractor who installs it well, and that it’s adequately maintained.
  • Forty percent of contractors cite human error – inadequate maintenance or improper installation – over defective equipment as the most common reasons for service calls.
  • A successful central cooling purchase depends most of all on finding a contractor who will size and install the equipment correctly and will charge a reasonable fee.

The above information is from Consumer Reports.


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