There are certain laws that apply to our life here on earth. There are the laws of physics, like the law of gravity; also, there are judicial laws, Murphy’s Law, and the law of the moving parts which is that sooner or later the parts will fail. So the same goes for the Heating and Air Conditioning industry. Installing a new air conditioning or heating system? According to Consumer Reports, finding a qualified A/C contractor is more important than choosing the right equipment. A properly installed entry level system will provide better performance and longevity versus faulty installation of a top of the line system. Your heating and cooling system is one of the biggest investments you will make in your home or business, so choosing the right heating, ventilating and air conditioning HVAC contractor for the project is of paramount importance. Below is a compiled list of some of the key factors in selecting a qualified contractor.
• Verify that the contractor’s Texas state license, workmen compensation and liability insurance are up to date and valid. No insurance can be a major problem if a worker is injured on your property.
• Ask the contractor if your new installation requires a HVAC permit. If not, call The City of Houston and confirm. If the required permit is not pulled, this may result in an inadequate install and an unsafe system that may become an issue when trying to sell your home in the future. The homeowner is caught off-guard when the Real Estate Inspector reports multiple code violations which translate to an additional cost investment on a system they will never use, but need to pay for in order to realize the value of the sale price.
• Choose a cooling and heating contractor who wants to know you’re completely satisfied with the job prior to receipt of payment. Also, check how long the company has been in business under the same name. Verify if the contractor has a physical address and phone number other than a cell phone.
• Ask for testimonials, affiliations, awards and a contact list of actual customers including name and phone numbers you may contact regarding any concerns prior to installation. Search the web for company reviews or complaints. Also, visit The Better Business Bureau for ratings and reports.
• Verify that the company’s technicians have sufficient work experience. Look for certification from (ACCA) Air Conditioning Contractors of America and (NATE) North American Technician Excellence. Also, that the company also pre-screens there technicians by way of drug testing and background checks. It is very important and safe to know whom you let inside your home.