When you need a quick emergency repair to your heating and air conditioning system, you may simply decide to take whoever you can get. And that may or may not work out for you. But when you’re planning the major investment of a new HVAC system or are building a house and want to make sure your new home’s system is properly sized, properly installed and energy efficient too, you need to take the time to make a careful decision.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a good residential air conditioning contractor:
- If you’ve had a good experience with an air conditioning company in the past, considering using them again. Not all contractors are customer-friendly, so stick with ones that do a good job for you.
- Find out how the contractor’s technicians are trained and if they’re a member of any organizations or trade associations. Technicians at some companies simply aren’t up on the latest technology.
- Don’t let a contractor discourage you from purchasing high-efficiency equipment. This could also be a sign that the company’s employees aren’t up on the latest standards and advancements in the industry.
- Don’t accept a telephone estimate for large jobs. No company can provide a complete estimate without seeing the situation and determining what best meets your needs.
- Look for an estimator who will do a heat-load calculation or cooling-load calculation before making a specific proposal.
- Shy away from contractors who want to put in a system the same size and configuration as your old one without checking first. In many cases, the original system was poorly sized and gave less-than-desirable performance, plus technology has moved along in recent years.
- Choose someone who actually asks what recent problems you’ve had with your system. This is important for determining if the existing system is poorly sized or if there could be ductwork problems that must be corrected for a new system to function properly.
- A good contractor should be able to provide annual operating cost estimates along with the pricing proposal.
- Insist that every aspect of the proposal be put in writing.
- Get estimates from multiple contractors if you like, but make sure you’re comparing apples to apples when reviewing the bids.
- Choose a company that’s reliable, prompt, courteous and professional — with a shop or an office that they aren’t ashamed for you to visit.
When you choose carefully, you get the best possible results. Finding a good residential air conditioning contractor is easy if you take the right things into consideration — or if you simply choose our company. We can meet all these criteria and then some.