Finding a good HVAC company is paramount. Without knowledgeable technicians working on your system, you can end up with persistent problems. They may even get worse. In today’s blog, we want to share five preliminary steps to take before hiring an HVAC team.
Easy Steps to Finding a Great HVAC Specialist
Check Those Credentials
A company dedicated to doing things right the first time will have all the boxes checked when it comes to credentials. Credentials also come with time, so a company that has good credentials will know the ropes well enough for you to trust them with your property. Here are credentials you should look for:
- Correct licensing. An HVAC license means a technician has professional training. Licensing requirements vary from state to state, so you’ll want to use Angie’s List to find the requirements unique to your state.
- HVAC Excellence certification. This is a significant certification that isn’t required in order to become an HVAC technician. It can be earned at the professional level and the master level. You need two years of experience to earn a professional certification and three years to earn the master.
- NATE certification. This certification isn’t legally required in order to become an HVAC technician. However, it is important and widely recognized as a validation of a technician’s knowledge. The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification is earned by passing a knowledge-based test and must be in one or more areas, like air distribution, air conditioning, or gas furnaces.
- EPA 608 certification. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), anyone with access to a system containing dangerous A/C coolant must have an EPA 608 certification. Without this certification, HVAC technicians can’t buy refrigerant or work on air conditioning systems. This certification comes in three levels of ascending risk.
You can find HVAC specialists who are certified by using the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America (ACCA), the National Association of Technical Excellence (NATE), or RESNET Energy Smart Contractor.
Understand the Company’s Experience
You want a contractor who has worked on systems like yours in the past. Your system should not be a practice run for them. The contractor you want will keep their technicians up-to-date on current technologies and ensure they are equipped to handle yours.
Check Up on References
You can’t get hired for a job without references, and you shouldn’t hire anyone without getting references. Start your journey by asking friends and family in the area for recommendations.
Get Testimonials and Reviews
You can ask for the contact information of previous customers willing to provide honest input on your chosen HVAC contractor. You can often find reviews on their website as well.
You want the best service for the best price. Settling for a low price and inferior service is a bad idea, and you shouldn’t have to pay through the nose for quality work. Get estimates from each possible company and make sure you understand just what you’ll get for each price. Remember, you should not have to pay for the estimate. It is common for HVAC systems to offer free estimates.
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