02 Feb 2016
In the DIY world we live in today, the tendency is to try to fix things on our own. Sometimes, the repair requires hiring a company who is licensed, certified, and ensure to tackle the issue. Take, for instance, a heating system that has broken down. This type of repair needs to be handled by trained professionals, such as the technicians at Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.
When hiring an HVAC repair and installation company, you will want to make sure that they have the training and experience necessary to handle your job affordably and efficiently. Here are three tips you can use when researching companies to handle your heating repair and air conditioning repair needs:
Licensing and Certification
There are a variety of certifications you should look for when hiring an HVAC repair company. The three types you should ask about are the North American Technical Excellence (NATE), the HVAC Excellence, and the EPA 608 certifications. It is preferred that they have all three. In addition, ask for their license number(s), the status of which you can check through your state’s licensing department.
References, Reviews, and Referrals
A company is only as good as the experience of its previous customers. You can request references from an HVAC repair contractor and inquire about their personal experience with the company. This should give you a better idea of their performance in different situations. Also helpful are online reviews. Go online, do a search, and read what other customers have to say. Finally, ask around. Reach out to friends, neighbors, and/or coworkers and find out if they have a company they would recommend.
Contracts and Insurance
A reputable HVAC repair company will stand behind their work, long after the job is done. Their contract should specifically list the work to be done, any required equipment to be installed, and a full breakdown of costs. In addition to any warranties on new parts, you’ll want to have a guarantee in writing regarding their workmanship. This guarantee should be listed on the written contracts that you would sign.
Proper insurance coverage on behalf of the HVAC company is important. They should have at least a $1,000,000 (per occurrence) General Liability policy, which would cover your property or person in the event of damage or injury. You can ask for a copy of their coverage in advance.
Hiring a company to do heating repair services to your own is an important decision. By doing due diligence in advance, you can feel confident that you have selected the best company to meet your needs. Don’t wait until something goes wrong; do the research now so that you have a heating repair services company at the ready should a malfunction occur.