Unfortunately, it’s not hard to claim to be an HVAC contractor. In some locales, ownership of a pickup truck and business cards may be all you need. Today’s equipment incorporates technology as advanced as any other state-of-the-art appliance in your household. Before putting your expensive investment — and the health, safety and comfort of your family — in the hands of an HVAC contractor, here are some tips based on Energy Star's recommendations to make sure you’re hiring the right person.
- In California, contractors performing HVAC work must be licensed by the Contractor’s State License Board. Verification of licenses as well as complaint history is available on the California Department of Consumer Affairs' website.
- Ask neighbors and acquaintances who’ve had heating and cooling work performed recently for recommendations.
- Request at least three local references from a prospective contractor. Call and ask about the quality of work and whether the job was completed on time and on budget.
- Look for rebates from the Department of Energy’s Energy Star program. These rebates will generally apply to specific equipment and not all contractors may handle eligible systems.
- Check local regulations regarding building permit requirements for full HVAC installations. Verify that the contractor intends to pull a building permit.
- Request HVAC equipment that carries the Energy Star label, verifying efficiency and performance specs as well as energy savings.
- Ask the contractor if he or she hires NATE-certified technicians to ensure that the people doing the work have passed the rigorous certification exams of the North American Technician Excellence program.
- A reputable HVAC contractor will perform a home evaluation before recommending or installing a system, including calculating your home’s unique heating and cooling load using industry-standard software. Ductwork should be checked for leakage, and the overall air-tightness and insulation of your home will be evaluated.
- Get the contract in writing before the job begins to ensure that price, length of job and any accessories are included.
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