Nearly 90% of US households are equipped with an air conditioning unit.
Air conditioning is part of an HVAC system, which stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Needless to say, there’s one in basically every American household – and they require regular maintenance and repair.
HVAC maintenance and repair requires an HVAC company with professionals who are trained to do the job efficiently and effectively. When your HVAC system needs attention, this is how you choose the best HVAC company in your local area.
Look for an Experienced HVAC company
People don’t often consider a company’s experience when they’re trying to find a service. But this is an extremely important factor in choosing a good business for anything you need to be done.
Companies that have been in the HVAC business for a longer time will know the ins and outs of diagnosing HVAC problems and repairing them. They’ll have all the right tools on hand and the professionals to handle them, so the job is done quickly and correctly.
Professional HVAC Licensing
There is no nationwide HVAC license but many states and municipal authorities do have a licensing procedure. Make sure that the company you’re looking at has the proper licenses. This also includes a valid business license.
You may also want to look for companies that hire HVAC-certified technicians. This means that they employ technicians who have all the right skills for the job.
HVAC Contractors and Insurance
Check that the company you’re hiring has liability insurance and worker’s compensation for their technician and any sub-contractors. You can ask them to provide their insurance certificate for validation.
If you hire a company that doesn’t have insurance, you’re running a huge risk. If someone is injured or hurt while working on your HVAC system, you may be held liable.
If you’re not sure where to look, references can be a great place to start. Ask friends, family members, and colleagues for HVAC companies they’ve worked with. This gives you a list of trustworthy contractors to start with as well as an idea of the service you can expect.
You might choose to head online and read reviews as well. Google reviews and Yelp are great places to read about the companies in your local area. If you live in Turlock, Modesto, Merced, or the Central Valley region, you can also check out wallyfalkes.com.
Getting A Quote
Once you’ve decided on some companies, call them for a quote. You can then compare the costs and services of these companies and make an informed decision.
However, you should never choose a company based on cost alone. You should choose a company that offers the best service for the best price, not necessarily the cheapest.
More Help With Your Household
Choosing a local HVAC company is a matter of looking for a company with experience, insurance, and proper licensing. You can start a list of potential companies by asking for references or checking online. From there, ask for quotes to compare prices and services.
And for more help on running your household and keeping everything working, be sure to check out the DIY & Household section regularly.