Having a well-maintained HVAC system is important when you live in Los Angeles, especially in the summertime. That doesn’t mean you have to pay an arm and a leg to get quality service and parts. Getting clear HVAC quotes can help you keep costs low, but it is important to know what you are looking at so you can make a well-informed decision.
Generally, a good contractor will itemize the estimated services and replacement parts that will be necessary for your maintenance or repair call. In most cases, these items will be competitively priced and should not vary significantly from quote to quote. However, there are a few additional factors to check for:
- Warranties – Does the quoted price include any manufacturer warranties or extended warranty programs?
- Guarantees – Some contractors provide guaranteed quotes that ensure they won’t exceed the estimated amount. If your contractor does not offer a guarantee, find out what the process is for overcharges and get it in writing. What will the contractor do if you are not satisfied, or if you require a callback? You should get clear answers to your questions.
- Labor – Not all contractors will quote the labor costs on an estimate; they will only provide the cost of parts to make their initial estimate seem lower. However, the final total could end up being substantially more than the quote.
- Value – Remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for?” If an HVAC quote seems too good to be true, chances are it is. Look for hidden or missing costs that may not be included. Also consider the reputation of the company and ask for references that you can call. The cheapest solution may not be the best one, and it could cost you more in the long run.
For quality HVAC service and installation in the Los Angeles area, call the professionals at Around the Clock Air Conditioning and Heating. We will provide you with a competitive, up-front quote so you can make an informed decision about your heating and cooling repair or maintenance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about service quotes and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.