Choosing A Heating Contractor? Installing New Equipment Involves Following These Steps

Since purchasing and installing a new HVAC system is a sizable investment, you should try to make sure that the contracting company you hire has the experience, knowledge and tools to do the job properly.Choosing a heating contractor isn't always easy, particularly if you're unfamiliar with HVAC system terms and concepts. The checklist below will help you to make an informed and intelligent choice.

Equipment offered

  • Is the equipment that the contractor wants to install Energy Star-certified so that you will save money without skimping on performance?
  • Will the contractor use manual J to carefully assess your home to properly size the equipment to match it?
  • Does the contractor intend to test your ductwork to learn the size limit for the unit he plans to install.
  • Will the contractor install new refrigerant lines in a heat pump installation, or does he plan to reuse the existing lines?
  • If the contractor is installing a smart thermostat, will he help you program it?
  • While he's there, will the contractor determine the applicability of zoned heating and cooling for your home?
  • Does the contractor intend to inform you about any possible rebates, tax credits or incentives you might qualify for to defray the cost of installation?


  • Does the contractor intend to inspect and repair your ductwork, including finding and sealing any leaks?
  • Can the contractor install insulation on the ductwork where necessary?

Final points

  • Is the contractor going to show you how to replace the filter, and advise you on the best filter for your system and home?
  • Will the contractor give you all the manuals, certificates and other records after installing the equipment?
  • Will you be able to call in a third party to double check the work that he's done?

Choosing a heating contractor doesn't have to be guesswork if you approach it in an organized way using the above checklist. For satisfactory answers to all of your home-comfort questions, please contact Joe Behr Plumbing & Heating. We have proudly served the mid-Ohio area since 1965 and will be happy to help you.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Mid-Ohio area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about choosing a heating contractor and other HVAC topics, visit our website.

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