How to Select a Reputable Contractor

By In Heating and Air Conditioning Questions and Answers On February 11, 2015


Check for Insurance and Liability

When considering an HVAC contractor, ask to see documentation that they carry general liability insurance to protect your property as well as workers compensation insurance on their employees. Lack of adequate insurance could be a major problem for you if someone is injured on your property. An air conditioning contractor should always have these types of insurance and this will save you from a claim against your homeowner’s policy in case of an accident.

Check that they are Licensed

When choosing a HVAC contractor you should check with the department of licensing. Be sure that the HVAC contractor’s license is current and check if the department of licensing has a history of disciplinary actions or complaints published on their website.

Another source for finding a competent HVAC contractor is the local permits office for your municipality. The municipal inspectors know the HVAC contractors who do good work from the HVAC contractors who do poor work.

Check their Use of Standard Procedures

A good HVAC contractor should inspect your existing air conditioner and collect a wide range of information about your home including,

  • How many windows and type they are
  • Which direction the windows face
  • What is the R-value of the insulation in the home.

The contractor uses all of this information to calculate the heat load to verify that the existing equipment is correctly sized and proposed equipment is also correctly sized.