If your heating or air conditioner has been giving you trouble this winter, then it certainly is time to find an HVAC contractor. An HVAC contractor will help you decide whether it is in fact time for a replacement system, as well as remove and install the new unit. They can also identify any additional problems such as dirty coils, defective valves, and clogged drain lines that might be impacting your system’s performance.
Here are details on how to find an HVAC contractor:
- Research online reviews from previous customers of potential contractors to get a sense of their workmanship and customer service skills.
- Check reviews from the Better Business Bureau, and also search for any complaints against a company.
- Determine who to trust by asking around, such as talking to friends, colleagues and family members who have recently had their HVAC unit replaced or repaired in the past year or two.
- Call up potential contractors and ask what their rates are for common installations like replacing an air duct system, installing a furnace and/or heat pump, or removing an A/C unit and installing new duct work.
- Look at reviews by other homeowners in your area, to see if they recommend any specific contractors.
- Ask the contractor if they have any business testimonials or photos of their latest installations.
- With the help of someone else who is familiar with air conditioning units and how they are installed, check the contractor’s references, which may include customers’ contact information in order to verify that they did indeed work with the company in question, and ensure that they were satisfied with their energy efficiency results.
- On the day that the A/C contractor shows up to work, ask them some questions about their experience in your local area, as well as find out how long they have been in business.
- Look at the work that gets done before giving them a deposit, and verify that only high-quality tools and products are used by contractors.
- Make sure that the contractor has a license for the work they are doing, as well as proper insurance, something that you may wish to check out before hiring someone.
- Lastly, if you do not feel at ease with any one contractor, then consider going with someone else who you can trust and who is licensed, insured and reliable.
Most important of all is to make sure that your future HVAC contractor has experience in your area or with your particular system. It is best to find someone who knows the local climate conditions and zoning laws for installing new HVAC systems or modifying existing ones for maximum energy efficiency. You want your contractor to be able to provide you with information about the different products available for your home, including the best ways to choose and maintain them.
If you’re seeking a new air conditioner service or repair in the Greater Los Angeles area, call Spectrum Heating and Air today! We’re here 24/7 for all of your air conditioning service, repair and installation needs.