According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 367,900 HVAC technicians in 2018. They expect that number to grow by 13% by 2028.
It’s great to see that kind of growth for the heating and cooling industry.
But, with so many HVAC companies to choose from, it’s tough to find the right contractor.
Luckily, finding the right HVAC professional is easy when you know what to look for. Read on to learn how to find and hire an air conditioning or heating contractor.
Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations
Once you realize you need to hire an HVAC professional, reach out to friends and family that live in your area. You’ll get some company names and first hand accounts of what the service was like—good or bad.
You can also search for the company on the Better Business Bureau’s website. Read some of the customer reviews and check for complaints. You can also search for customer reviews on Yelp, Google, or even testimonials on the contractor’s website.
This process should give you a handful of contractors to do further research on. If you need more options, search online for ‘HVAC specialist near me.’
Research the Contractor’s Experience and Certifications
Once you have your shortlist of contractors, visit each company’s website to learn more.
The contractor should have an established business with at least a few years of experience. You’ll get the best AC repair when you choose someone with hands-on experience.
You should also check for licensing. Unfortunately, every state has its own licensing rules. You can search online for the name of your state’s license and see if your potential contractor is up to date.
Beyond the state license, see if the HVAC repair contractor has additional certifications. It means they’re willing to gain more knowledge and working experience. The HVAC Excellence Certification and the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification are both respected and require an exam.
Also make sure that the contractor carries liability insurance and workers’ compensation. That way you’ll have protection if the contractor gets an injury on your property.
Get Service Estimates
Once you’ve chosen a list of contractors with good reputations, valid licenses, and certifications, you need to ask for an estimate.
An estimate will give you an idea of the cost, so you can decide who to hire. Plus, remember that it’s not only about the price—you’re also comparing the quality of service you’ll get for the price.
You can either call the contractor for an estimate or use a contact form if their website has one.
An estimate is important when you’re hiring a contractor for a big project, like a furnace replacement or a new air conditioning system. The contractor you choose can have a big impact on the cost.
Choose an HVAC Professional Contractor Today
Once you’ve asked friends and family for recommendations, researched each contractor’s experience, and gotten an estimate, it’s time to hire an HVAC professional.
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