Hiring a HVAC contractor is an important decision. It can have a huge impact on your home, your quality of life and your pocketbook. Here are 10 tips that will help you hire a quality professional for your next job:
Check the license: In Ohio, licensed HVAC contractors must have five years of experience, pass a state examination, and carry liability insurance. If your contractor doesn't meet these minimum requirements, keep looking.
Know your situation: Having a general understanding of your home's HVAC system will help you communicate any issues with your contractor. Know the basics.
Get referrals: Friends and neighbors are a great source of information. Ask around and find out which contractors have the best reputation.
Check references: Make sure that you call the references your contractor provides. Were customers satisfied with the work? Was it completed on time and on budget?
Expect an inspection: A contractor should inspect not only your HVAC system, but your ductwork, insulation levels, windows, and home's square footage as well. Without careful evaluation, you may end up with more or less than you really need.
Get a written estimate: A written, itemized estimate is an absolute must. Verbal or vague estimates are definite danger signs.
Request multiple bids: Talking to several contractors will help you evaluate which HVAC professional is right for you, and allow you to compare prices.
Sign the work order: Once you've selected a contractor, you should both sign the job's work order, outlining the materials, schedule, work warranties and costs. Complete a signed work order for any changes that come up during the project as well.
Ask questions: Understand the work that's being done in your home. Ask questions until you feel comfortable with every part of the job.
Look for alternatives: Energy-efficient options are available, but may not be the first thing on your contractor's mind. Research alternatives and discuss them to see if they will work in your home.
With these tips at your fingertips, finding a reputable contractor should be a fairly easy process. At Joe Behr Plumbing & Heating, we offer the highest-quality service in Mid-Ohio. Contact us today to learn how we can help with your next HVAC project.
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Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating, Inc. services the Mid-Ohio area.