Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors What to Expect
Heating and air conditioning includes some of the most important, difficult and expensive equipment you’ll likely purchase for any construction job. Somehow, less reputable heating and air conditioning contractors struggle on in spite of questionable reputations and in part because the expense of a good job can lead to high returns even without customer referrals.
That’s not how we do it, but in a city like New York City, heating and air conditioning contractors will come and go. Some bad ones will even linger on despite a trail of complaints over heating and air conditioning repair jobs that have gone bad.
Heating and air conditioning repair have developed into highly technical fields that require years of training and experience. Today’s heating and air conditioning contractors are often factory trained and licensed to install heating and air conditioning, to handle potentially hazardous materials, and to provide heating and air conditioning repair where necessary.
Finding the Right Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors
Set an appointment with several to visit your home or facility. This visit is free. They’ll inspect your existing HVAC system and collect information about your home and needs and use it to calculate the heating or heating and cooling load for the HVAC system that they’ll propose to install.
You should ask for and expect no less than 3 good references for both heating and air conditioning clients and know what to ask when you call the references. Call all of them and verify where the job was performed, the nature of the heating and air conditioning repair or installation, and that they were satisfied with the job.
A written estimate that itemizes costs for labor and for the appliances themselves – and for the individual tasks necessary to get it installed – is the next step. Compare the estimates from each of the contractors and ask for an explanation of any wide variations. Particularly if one contractor has noticed a heating and air conditioning repair or modification that the others missed, you’ll want to know what it is.
You may want to have your lawyer look over any contract before it is signed. A lawyer will make sure that the contractor’s papers, license and insurance are in order and they can also see that warranties are understood and in order.
Heating and air conditioning repair or installation can be expensive and time consuming but if you approach it with the right attitude, you’ll come up more than satisfied. Have questions? Please call 646-783-2475.
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