Hiring an HVAC contractor that is qualified to make an installation, repair or scheduled maintenance is just as important as choosing the right air conditioner, furnace or heat pump. Here’s a guide to hiring an HVAC contractor that will help you feel comfortable with your choice the first time around.
- Ask around to friends and family: Their past experiences can help you know which contractors are worthy of your hire.
- Ask contractors for references: Once you feel comfortable, contact a few contractors and ask for local references. Call them and ask about professionalism, a job well done, price, and any other factor you are wondering about.
- Check the status of the contractor’s license: In California, any job costing over $500 must be performed by a licensed contractor. The Contractors State License Board can inform you of the contractor’s licensing status.
- Find out what brands are offered: If you have your heart set on a Lennox product, make sure you choose a Premier Lennox Dealer to perform your installation, repair or maintenance.
- Learn about discounts and warranties offered by different contractors: Take advantage of limited-time offers to save money without sacrificing quality on the service you need. Warranties are important for your peace of mind when hiring a contractor. Look for promises such as superior labor, 100% satisfaction, on-time completion, cleanliness and comfort. A free consultation is an ideal way to find out about discounts and warranties that apply to you.
- Once you settle on a contractor, read the contract: Make sure you understand everything and don’t sign on the dotted line until you have all your questions answered. Look for details such as installation, repair or maintenance dates, the work to be done, and the payments required. If anything in your agreement changes verbally, make sure it is added to the contract to reduce the chance of a later dispute.
If you are hiring an HVAC contractor in LA, don’t hesitate to contact Around the Clock Air Conditioning and Heating today. We’re happy to address your concerns and offer expert advice.
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