3 Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for a Local HVAC Company

By on October 22, 2017

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Do it yourself or “DIY” home repairs and hacks have become especially popular lately, and it’s easy to see why. Home owners can save a lot of money by doing certain repairs on their own, and the wide availability of easy online tutorials can help homeowners become sharpen their home improvement skills.

There are however, some home repairs that should not be attempted. Even if you consider yourself an expert DIYer, many plumbing repairs and heating and cooling breakdowns required the skill and experience of a professional. In fact, attempting to use DIY hacks for complex home repairs can actually cost you more money than it will save you, and you end up doing more damage in the end.

HVAC breakdowns are among the most complicated home repairs, and the only thing DIYers should when it comes to performing any kind of HVAC repair is hire a professional. With years of professional training and experience, you can trust your local HVAC company to get the job done right. But before rush to make the call, here are a few things to keep in mind shopping for a local HVAC company.

License and registration please

Just like it’s illegal to operate a car without it being properly registered and driver being licensed, it’s illegal for an HVAC company to operate without being licensed and registered in their state of business. Don’t ever make the risky mistake of working with unlicensed, under the table HVAC company or contractor in hopes of saving a few bucks! You’ll only regret it in the end, and will have to cough up even more cash to repair the shoddy work.

Most licensed HVAC company have their license number clearly marked on their website or marketing materials. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask for this information.

Hang up on phone estimates

If an HVAC contractor gives you an estimate over the phone, think twice before agreeing to any work. Just as a mechanic needs to see vehicle before they can give the owner an accurate estimate of the repair costs, a reputable HVAC company or contractor will ask to see the issue first before offering a bid. They might be able to give a very general price range as to the cost of the repair, but it’s important to receive a written estimate or bid only after the HVAC contractor has physically inspected the issue.

How low should you go?

Although it might be tempting, the lowest estimate doesn’t always mean it’s the best buy. If you receive a bid that’s drastically lower than the others, it’s a good idea to choose another option. A super cheap bid may end up costing you a lot more down the road due to the poor quality of work.

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