Your HVAC system is one of the most expensive and critical parts of your home. When you are hiring an HVAC consultant, it’s important to ask questions to ensure that you pick one that you can trust. Here are some questions that should be at the top of your list:
- What licenses and qualifications do you have? Most contractors should have both a state and national license. This means that the contractor will likely be part of well known associations, like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America).
- What are your options? A good contractor won’t try to force you into any rushed decisions. They will explain to you your different options and give a logical recommendation if asked for one.
- Can I see estimates of operating costs? If you’re looking at a big project, like replacing your air conditioner, an important part of your decision is the expected operating costs of different efficiency units. A trustworthy contractor will have detailed and clear calculations to help you.
- Are you NATE certified? The best technicians tend to have North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification.
- Can I have a detailed estimate? A written estimate should be a requirement before any ordering or work is done. You need to know the specifics of what equipment will be put in, and what work the contractor will be doing. You also need to know the start and finish day of the project.
Hiring an HVAC consultant is an important decision that should not be rushed. You can find consultants to ask these questions to through directories or recommendations by local friends and neighbors.
If you own a home in Grand Traverse County, Michigan, or the surrounding area, feel free to schedule an appointment with Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We have proudly served the area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC technicians and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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