Barrus Heating and Air a Summerville HVAC Company in Summerville, South Carolina sat down with us recently and gave us some guidance before you choose a HVAC repair company based on a television advertisement or a business card you found on a store bulletin board, consider the following tips to ensure you hire the right contractor.
1. Take the time to brush up on the insurance and license requirements for HVAC contractors in your particular state. The last thing you want to do is hire a contractor who is not insured, then find out the damage they caused in your house is now your responsibility to repair.
2. Before you make a call to a contractor, take the time to record some details that will make it easier for them to provide you pricing or diagnose a repair. Jot down the make, model, and installation year of your HVAC system, and tell the contractor about any rooms in the house that are uncomfortably cold or warm.
3. Before picking up the phone to call a contractor, ask family, friends, or neighbors, who they use and how they rate the overall experience. You are looking for a team of contractors that work efficiently, deliver as per quote, and are reliable.
4. Ask the HVAC repair company to provide you with referrals. The best companies have no problem bragging about their work and will gladly provide you with a list of customers who they service who would be more than happy to share their experiences.
5. Before you agree to anything, be sure the heating and air conditioning contractor does a complete inspection of the system and understands the issues, the size of the house, the level of insulation in the attic, and where problem areas exist. They need to completely aware of any issues before work commences.
6. Never allow any contractor to do any work in the house without providing you a written estimate first. If the contractor is telling you to trust them and that the entire deal can be made over a handshake, walk away. The written contract is your only protection in the event that the deal goes wrong.
7. Make sure that any discussion about a warranty is written in contract form and that the model number of your HVAC system is listed on the warranty. In the event that anything goes wrong with your unit, you want to be sure the right parts and coverage apply.
So now that you know how to choose the right HVAC repair company, your system will be in great hands and running more efficiently all year long.