Do you have an HVAC system that is older than ten years? If so, you might be looking at replacing it in the next few years. On the other hand, if you have a newer HVAC system, you should want to make sure that it keeps on running correctly by booking at least one annual maintenance. Either way, at some point, you will need the help of an HVAC consultant. Here are five points to consider while searching for a consultant.
1. Experience and Licensing
Considering that your HVAC system is most likely the most or one of the most expensive pieces of equipment you have in your home, you will want to make sure that the person who will be working on it is trained correctly. It is required by law that contractors have the necessary licenses to work on HVAC systems. Contractors must have five years of experience before applying for a license. Over and above this, companies are required to have at least the minimum insurance and bonding. Insurance protects homeowners in the event of accidental damage or injury.
You should make it a point to ask potential contractors about their experience. Stability in the industry is what will make a contractor attractive, as it shows they are doing something right. It is advisable that you also ask about their certification. If a contractor is certified by an organization such as North American Technician Excellence, you can be sure that they are appropriately qualified in their field of work.
Training entails many facets of the HVAC industry, but the handling of air balancing and refrigerant are more critical. How will you know if they are qualified to handle refrigerant? According to Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, persons who are not correctly qualified should not be handling refrigerant at all. This is very important in switching from Freon to R-410A processes. Technicians also need to be trained to test and balance all installations for maximum comfort and efficiency.
Over and above this, enquire about the top brands available and what type of training the technicians have for each. Each brand is different and requires specific training to optimize the installation.
2. Home Evaluation
When you need to have an HVAC system installed, the contractors should offer a home evaluation to determine the best option for you. The cost of the installation, the square footage of your home, how many windows you have, and the way that they face are all factors that need to be considered. Contractors must check the duct system for loose segments, leaks, and insulation. The size of your new system should be determined by the data produced by software is known as Manuals J (heating and cooling loads), S (size of the equipment) and D (ductwork).
Referrals and References
Ask for referrals and references, and follow up. Find out if the jobs were done on time and within the budget. Did the company respect the property of the owner? Did they test the system afterward to make sure it was working correctly? These are all important questions to ask. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints. You can also check online, but take into consideration that many reviews could be fake. Great reviews without specifics should be considered suspect.
Ask friends, co-workers, and neighbors for referrals. You can also contact online services like the Air Conditioning Contractors of America or Angie’s List, or even Grand Canyon AC.
Any good contractor should take pride in their company, so make sure their trucks are in good condition and that their company name is clearly visible.
Special Offers and Rebates
Since an HVAC system is so costly, you should shop around for any available rebates, or ask dealers about any specials they offer. Utility companies offer clients rebates for installing efficient units.
Efficiency is extremely important when you are shopping for an HVAC system. When the time comes that you need to upgrade your existing system, you want to make sure that you are getting the most efficient equipment that your budget will allow for. It is advisable that you ask the contractor about Energy Star-Rated systems. Energy Star is a program designed by the government in order to test HVAC equipment for its efficiency.
Should you wish to find out more regarding choosing n HVAC contractor, feel free to contact us. You may contact any of our satisfied clients for their input and experiences that they had with our company. Should anyone have concerns, we would also like to know. Heating and cooling is what we do. Keep your furnace in tip-top shape with us.