If you're in the market for a new HVAC contractor, there's a good chance you could use a little help. After all, we're talking about the company that will help keep your heating and cooling equipment running for years to come. Here are some questions that we've compiled for your prospective contractor:
Can You Provide Me With References?
The best way to receive a random sampling of references is to choose a letter and ask for last names beginning with that letter. Once you get the list, call each person and inquire about the professionalism, time completion, work quality and other attributes of the contractor.
Are Your Technicians NATE-Certified?
North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is a nonprofit organization made up of industry professionals who receive no compensation for their contributions. Their only goal is certify the "best of the best" through rigorous training in a variety of HVAC fields.
Are You Familiar With My Equipment?
You have nothing to worry about if your home utilizes traditional heating and cooling systems such as a furnace, air conditioner or heat pump. If you use geothermal or solar power, however, it's imperative that you ensure the contractor's knowledge and experience with these systems.
Will You Conduct a Home Evaluation?
To get an idea of your home's current energy efficiency situation, your new contractor should be ready to visit your home and perform an evaluation. This will tell you where you stand right now in terms of energy efficiency, in addition to any changes you might want to make to improve it.
Can I Get Everything in Writing?
Before any project begins, it's important that you receive every detail in writing. This includes estimated cost, the equipment the contractor will be installing and time completion estimates. Doing so will ensure the job goes smoothly.
For more expert advice on questions for your prospective HVAC contractor, or if you have any other home comfort issues, please contact the friendly professionals at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've been serving the heating and cooling needs of the greater Cleveland area for more than 75 years.