6 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor

6 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor

Hiring a heating and cooling contractor can seem intimidating.

  1. Are they licensed? Knowledge is power. A good starting point in your hiring process is to find out the license and insurance requirements for heating and cooling contractors in California. Be sure that any contractors you consider have the appropriate license and insurance.
  2. What model do I currently have and when was the last service? It is also a good idea to find out the model and maintenance history of your unit. Write it down so you’ll remember when the contractor arrives.
  3. Where are my problem areas? Take a tour around your home and write down which rooms are particularly cold or warm rooms or areas that are drafty or stuffy. This will help potential contractors better understand your heating and cooling needs.
  4. Are they reliable and do they provide good service?Don’t be afraid to call each contracting company and ask them for customer referrals. You can also ask neighbors, friends and family for their own referrals. If neither of these options appeals to you, check website referrals such as Facebook, Yelp, and Angie’s List.
  5. Will they inspect the house? Yes. You will need to give plenty of time for a home evaluation, so set aside a decent amount of time for the appointment. The right contractor will spend a significant amount of time and energy inspecting your home and assessing your needs. They should inspect your windows, your insulation, and your duct work in order to determine the right size system for your home.
  6. What do I do at the end of the appointment?When the appointment is over, get a written estimate to compare with other companies. When you finally choose your contractor, sign a written proposal before he gets started. This proposal should clearly state project costs, equipment model numbers, a job schedule, and warranty details.

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