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.