It is critical that you find a qualified HVAC contractor if you are in need of new HVAC equipment for your home to ensure proper installation and that you have the highest energy efficiency. When looking for a contractor, there are three main things that you should look for. Be sure that you have references, that the contractor participates in certification programs and that maintenance and warranty plans are available.
While you can often rely on word of mouth from friends and family for referrals, you can also use the internet in your search. Check places like Angie’s List, Google, Facebook and Yelp for ratings and details about other customer experiences. You might also consider reaching out to trade organizations for a list of contractors. Once you have found a few that look promising, ask for a list of customers that you can contact for a reference. Make sure that you ask about the contractor’s reliability, adherence to budget and timeliness in completing the project.
Warranties and Maintenance
Equipment manufacturers often provide product warranties but no service warranties, as they cannot control how the equipment is installed. That said, contractors usually provide a labor warranty or some sort. Make sure that you ask about any extended warranties and if they cover parts and labor. With regards to the warranties, make sure that you get everything put in writing.
Also be sure to ask your selected provider about any maintenance plans that they might offer. Yearly tune-ups will help to keep your systems safe and efficient all year around and will help to ensure a longer operating life as well as ultimately lower maintenance costs over time. Opting for a maintenance agreement will often save you money in the long run. Sometimes in order for a manufacturer to honor your warranty, they will check to make sure that you had your system tuned-up regularly.
Southwest Heating & Cooling is proud to offer comprehensive maintenance plans to keep your HVAC system running strong for many years. Give us a call to learn more.