5 Steps to Take Before Hiring an HVAC Company
If you’re a homeowner, it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, you’re going to want to be sure the heating, ventilation, and cooling system is in your homework, right?
Strictly from a financial standpoint, an HVAC system is one of the biggest energy users in your home. This means it’s one of the most important parts of the house and the part that needs to be in tip-top working order to ensure its energy efficiency. Hiring an HVAC company is an integral part of making sure everything is running smoothly.
So, perhaps you are looking to update, replace, or fix your current HVAC system. Where do you start? Well, we’ll tell ya: you gotta start by finding HVAC contractors who will address your own needs, as well as the needs of your home. After all, you want a system that will provide comfort, run efficiently and cost-effectively, and last for a long time.
In this article, we’ll walk you through five steps you should take and the questions you should ask yourself, and the company quoting you, before you spend the time and money installing a new HVAC system.
Step 1: Before Hiring an HVAC Company Find Out About Their Experience
When you plan on hiring an HVAC company in South Jersey, get to know the company you want to hire. The HVAC company you hire must be as familiar with the area they work in as they are with the codes and standards required within them.
Not only should their employees be licensed and certified for their jobs, but they should be able to have the experience to back them up. Accomplishments and credentials further validate their experience.
- How long have you been in business?
- Are Your technicians licensed? For how long?
- Will you share some testimonials or references with me?
- Pay attention to who you’re speaking with… are they knowledgeable of the industry?
Step 2: Before Hiring an HVAC Company Go Over Their Credentials
Whoever you hire should have the right experience and credentials to do the job. If it interests you, check out the ACCA’s technical manuals to get an idea of what standards should be expected of the HVAC company you choose.
- What are they certified in and what is it for?
- Do the employees (contractors, engineers, technicians, etc.) regularly continue their education? For example, do they attend seminars, workshops, re-certifications, etc.?
- Are the contractors able to meet required state and local licenses and code standards?
- Is the company properly insured? Can they provide workers’ compensation should something happen?
Step 3: Before Hiring an HVAC Company Inquire About Estimates
Whether it’s an HVAC service quote for your South Jersey home heating repair or it’s going over the bill following your ductless mini-split installation, you’re going to want to make sure you understand what you’re going into before you go into it, right?
- Is your quote all-inclusive? Does it include the inspection, installation, AND the HVAC system itself? If not, how is it broken down?
- Are there any hidden fees?
- Do you have options for financing?
- What are their guarantees?
- Are there any warranties? If so, what’s covered?
Step 4: Before Hiring an HVAC Company Look into their Services, Technologies, and Suppliers
Make sure you know what they provide, and what you can expect before, during, and after the quoting process as well as the service process.
- Do you provide a full range of mechanical services such as installation, repair, and maintenance?
- If so, what do those services include? (Consider the following.)
- What technologies do you work with? Are they “green” or more conventional? OR…are they both?
- What suppliers are you associated with?
Air Quality Control
Home Energy Audits
Emergency Services *this one is important*
Step 5: Before Hiring an HVAC Company Read Client Reviews and Testimonials
As for any product, or service, it’s important to do your research especially when it’s such an important investment like HVAC services. Go to their website. Do they provide easy-to-find testimonials? Read their reviews and look elsewhere, too, for customer reviews on other platforms like the Better Business Bureau.
Ask your neighbors. Do they have references? Online directories will often have sources for providing verifiably good services in your area.
Pssst…Can Laury Heating Cooling & Plumbing Step in For a Minute Here?
Hello! Guess what? Not only do we offer all the solutions for the steps provided above, but we’re just gonna hop in for a sec and answer a few of the questions we mentioned above.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: Laury Heating Cooling & Plumbing is family-owned and has been in business since 1945, so over 73 years!
Q: Do your employees regularly continue their education?
A: Our skilled engineers and technicians regularly attend workshops, schools, and seminars furnished by heating and cooling manufacturers, distributors, and New Jersey state associations. This allows us to provide you with up-to-date sales/rebates and the highest quality maintenance based on the latest technologies in the HVAC service field.
Q: Do you have options for financing?
A: Laury Heating Cooling & Plumbing offers convenient financing options to help you get the very best without straining your budget, including 0% financing up to $18,000 when upgrading your heating and air conditioning systems. Our goal is to earn your trust, satisfaction, and continued business through economically competitive prices, ethical business practices, prompt and personal attention, and the finest workmanship, highest quality products, and superior customer service across South Jersey.
Q: Do you easily provide testimonials?
A: We sure do! Go ahead and click here to read testimonials from our wonderful customers.
Here’s a quick sneak-peek of one for now, though:
“I just got a major job performed by your company, I’ve owned many homes and had many contractors do work for me but none even come close to your company and the men that work for you! The workers were neat, respectful, knowledgeable hard workers, and they had no problem with doing the installs in the order that we required due to my health reasons. I have recommended your company to many neighbors, and I will continue to do the same thing as long as I’m in the area!!”
– Kevin and Kathleen Kasprowicz Vineland, NJ –
And You’re Ready to Hire an HVAC Company!
So, there you have it, folks! We hope this article will be helpful for you when it comes time to consider your HVAC service provider options now and in the future. Whether or not it’s one of us at Laury Heating Cooling & Plumbing who helps you out, we want to make sure you’re prepared to receive the best possible service to meet your home HVAC service needs.
Also, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (aka the “ACCA”), have a great Quality Installation Checklist, which provides helpful information, as well as a printable checklist, for you to have on hand when you do end up choosing an HVAC company.
For more questions, or to request a free quote or schedule a service, feel free to contact one of our friendly associates. We look forward to speaking with you!