Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor

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It can be very beneficial for you to perform some research before choosing HVAC contractors. When you choose the right one who is experienced, reliable, and knowledgeable with these systems, you will extend the life of your unit and ensure that it performs at peak performance throughout the years. These are tips you should consider when choosing HVAC contractors.

1. Know Your HVAC System

If you are considering upgrades, retrofits, or need repairs to your HVAC system, you should research the system you are currently using. Learn the model and make and contact the manufacturer to learn about the optimal use of your system. You can check if the updates you are considering are compatible with the system or what other options you would have. Knowing as much as you can about your system will help you in choosing the right HVAC contractors.

2. Make Sure Written Estimate is Made in Person

It should be a ‘red flag’ if you are offered an estimate over the phone by an HVAC contractor. They can’t understand your space, problem, or system without visually looking at it. There are so many factors that could be contributing to an issue, such as insulation, ductwork, and many other things. A reliable contractor is going to understand that the situation has to be fully assessed before they can provide an estimate for repairs. If they are not willing to invest the energy and time into coming to inspect your unit, they are probably not reliable enough to provide good work.

These are some questions you might want to ask when the HVAC contractor comes to provide an estimate:

  • Which of the systems you handle is the most energy efficient?
  • Can you fix the issue with a simple repair, or is a complete overhaul required?
  • What would the likely ‘return on my investment’ be if I go with the system you suggest?
  • Do you have financing options available?
  • How can I avoid these issues in the future so I don’t need future repairs or replacements?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. A reliable, trustworthy HVAC contractor will take the time to put you at ease and answer all your questions.

3. HVAC Contractor Should be Insured and Licensed

You never want to work with HVAC contractors who are not insured and licensed. Under Florida law, you are required to have a Florida HVAC license to be a certified HVAC technician. To obtain a certified license in Florida, you are required to have four years of active experience or a four-year degree from an accredited school. This profession is highly technical and requires skill and knowledge to perform, so you must hire only a contractor with the experience to properly care for your system.

4. Read Reviews from Customers

One of the best ways for you to learn what type of service HVAC contractors provide is to read the reviews of customers who have used their services. Read the online reviews to see how past customers feel about the work that was done for them by a contractor. Learn if they are finishing their jobs on time and staying within a stated budget. One of the best sites to check for these reviews is Google as they do not filter their reviews, and no one is paid for making them.

5. Do Not Just Choose the Lowest Bid

Cheapest is not always the right choice when you are looking at estimates to repair your HVAC system. If you buy a bad system or hire an inexperienced contractor because they offered lower rates, it could cost you more money over time. If an installation is botched, or your system fails, you will end up having to replace it. One good philosophy to remember is if ‘it’s too good to be true, it usually is.’ The repair or installation of an HVAC system is something you always want to do right the first time.

Where to Find the Right HVAC Contractors

Telford Cooling has more than twenty-five years of experience in the HVAC industry. We are ready and prepared to handle all your needs. Our technicians are highly trained and can do an AC repair to a full unit replacement. You can count on us to arrive on time, provide you with expert service at affordable rates, and have the tools needed to get the work done as quickly as possible.

Air Conditioning Specialists

Telford Cooling has more than twenty-five years of experience in the heating and cooling industry. We offer you honest, guaranteed work that exceeds the standards of the industry. If you are unsure about the performance of your air conditioner, we can schedule an appointment to determine if you need a minor repair, or if it’s time to purchase a new unit.