Hiring an HVAC contractor can be a daunting task. There are many heating and cooling companies out there, offering a variety of services and discounts; you want the one that will provide dependable and affordable service. As a reputable Wisconsin company, Midwest Heating & Cooling has all the tips for choosing the right contractor:
Asking your friends, family, or even neighbors is a great way to begin your search. They can provide an honest review of HVAC companies they have worked with in the past and can recommend the heating company that they liked best for your next project.
Research the company using trusted sources like the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) to ensure the company does not have any outstanding complaints or unresolved issues. Don’t be shy about asking for further documentation like technician licenses and HVAC permits, a trustworthy contractor will have no problem providing it.
Asking a contractor to provide some customer references is always a great idea. A past customer can provide you with an assessment of the heating companies’ installation or service. Find out if the contractor arrived in a timely manner throughout the project, whether it’s a furnace installation or furnace maintenance, and whether they kept to the budget quoted at the start.
Make sure you get everything, and we do mean everything, in writing. You always want a written record of what was promised and what was actually delivered. This is useful for comparing multiple estimates. A signed agreement should also be provided before work begins, outlining the project cost, model numbers, and the project timeline.
You should shop around with several of the recommended companies, and get quotes for each. It’s important to keep in mind that the cheapest option may not be the best option. And similarly, the most expensive option may not be the right one either. Try to compare the quotes on cost, efficiency, and warranties to determine the best choice for your HVAC project.
When it’s time to finally choose a contractor, remember to find out if there are any rebates on energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. More often than not, the contractor you choose will be running an HVAC promotion that will provide you a discount on service or installation, providing a little cost-relief.
You should avoid working with any companies that ask for large down payment upfront; BBB recommends no more than a 33% down payment for work. Paying in cash is often discouraged as there is no written record, and checks should always be made out to a company, not an individual.