Considering how much the daily comfort of your home depends on the performance of your HVAC system, which HVAC company you choose is not a decision that should be made lightly. With that in mind, the experts at Bardi are here to tell you how to hire the right HVAC company for the job.
1. Do Your Research
First of all, you should do some research to learn the ins and outs of your heating and AC system. This includes learning the make, model, maintenance history, and any issues your system has had. Once you’ve learned these details, you will be able to speak more knowledgeably about what you need done. Furthermore, coming to the table with knowledge about your system and an idea of what you want done will make it harder for contractors to dupe you into signing off on unnecessary work.
2. Use Your Resources to Find Some Good Contenders
Secondly, you should ask trusted friends, co-workers, and family members which contractors they have used and how their experience was. Additionally, you can visit reference sites like the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List for reviews and recommendations from customers like you.
3. Check Credentials
Now that you have narrowed the list to some solid contenders, you can begin verifying their credentials. In the HVAC world, this typically means verifying they meet the three requirements of being licensed, bonded, and insured. Therefore, you should ask for a copy of each candidate’s license, making sure it’s up-to-date and validated within the state or region in which you live.
4. Verify They Are Bonded and Insured
Because any HVAC installation process can be potentially hazardous, this is an important step to cover. A reliable HVAC company will be bonded and insured. This enables the company to take on financial liability through a third-party company if there are any work-related injuries, accidents, or damage to your property during installation. Furthermore, should a contractor fail to complete a job or does not do a job properly, it’s easier to hold them liable if their HVAC company is bonded and insured.
5. Ask for Estimates
Once you’ve verified their credentials, you can have a technician come in for an initial inspection and service call to generate an estimate. It’s important to do your research beforehand to know what a thorough inspection should entail. Once an HVAC contractor performs an inspection, you should make sure you get all estimates in writing, including the equipment needs and prices. Furthermore, you should follow up by asking if there are any additional fees that are not included in the total estimate.
6. Seek a Second Opinion
After receiving a written estimate, you can compare it with other HVAC companies and ask for a second opinion. For the most reliable second opinion, have another HVAC company send a technician to look at the same issue or installment area. Then, ask for their estimate in writing so you can have a side-by-side comparison.
7. Check References
After deciding on an HVAC company, it’s time to do your due diligence by following up with references. Just as a new employer asks for references before hiring someone, you should do the same with your HVAC company. Ask them to provide a list of references from their company, colleagues, previous employers, and previous clients. This will give you some final assurances and may also provide some clarity in making a different choice.
8. Follow Your Gut
As our final piece of advice, we recommend following your gut. Once you’ve done all the research, your gut will be the best guide.
Choose the Bardi Team!
Now that you know how to hire the right HVAC company, you can make the best decision for your home and family. If you are looking for a reliable HVAC company with the most skilled technicians, choose the Bardi team. For help from our dedicated experts, call us today at 770-263-9300 or chat with us on our website!