How to Select the Right HVAC Contractor

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The choice of a contractor is an important decision and shouldn’t be made quickly or without due diligence. Finding a contractor who can become a real partner in the maintenance of your home’s HVAC equipment can be invaluable for years to come.

Where to find HVAC Contractors?

It’s always a good idea to ask your friends and neighbors if they have recommendations for contractors they like and trust. Many contractors rely on positive word of mouth to help grow their business, so if someone you trust is willing to back them, chances are they will do good work. There are also several online research tools, such as Angie’s List and association sites such as that provide listings of licensed and reputable contractors.

What to Look For?

Once you’ve identified a contractor, here are five helpful things to look for during your first meeting to make your choice a little easier. We recommend talking to at least three contractors to find the best fit for your situation.

  1. Do they know your system? The contractor needs to have the proper permits, and have experience with the kind of system you are using or want to install. Also make sure to get bids in writing and get guarantees on bids and work to be performed.
  2. Is the contractor fully licensed? Licensed HVAC contractors are tested on a wide variety of areas, from basic refrigeration components to piping. Using a licensed contractor will not only protect your investment, it will protect you against liability issues. Reputable contractors won’t hesitate to show you their credentials if you ask.
  3. Do they understand the big picture? A good contractor will be familiar with advances in technology, in order to better recommend choices to customers. You’ll want to consider environmental issues, safety, and money-saving options. In addition to quality equipment, you’ll need help with installation decisions.
  4. Do they recommend efficiency improvements? Did you know good contractors can also inspect your ductwork, change air filters and clean off your condenser unit? Many times simple maintenance issues can lead to significant cost savings. Go with a contractor that wants to help you understand maintenance and the right way to improve your cooling system
  5. Do they listen to you? A good contractor will take the time to fully answer your questions and make sure you understand their recommendation. You don’t want someone who is trying to rush off to the next job leaving you confused.

What things do you look for when hiring a contractor?

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24 thoughts on “How to Select the Right HVAC Contractor

  1. Thanks for the reminder that it’s important to also look for licenses when planning to hire a heating contractor. I’d like to find a good one soon because I want to get better heating for my home theatre. I think that will make movie nights a lot more fun.

  2. You made a good point when you said that I should hire an HVAC contractor who has experience working with our system. It’s also best to ask for a written quote from several contractors to have an easier time making a choice. I’ll keep these tips in mind since our AC has been acting up lately and might need to be repaired soon. Thanks.

  3. I think that it is helpful that you suggested checking the licensing of a contractor before we would hire them, so I appreciate that you mentioned it. We are going to buy a new air conditioning system soon, and it will be important for us to be able to trust in who we will choose to install it. To help us choose the right one, I am going to consider their licensing.

  4. I hadn’t thought about it before, so I appreciate that you mentioned that a contractor needs to be fully licensed for us to be able to hire them. My wife and I have been talking about finding a contractor because our air conditioning needs to be in better condition for us to use it this summer. To be sure that we could find the right one, I am going to consider their licensing.

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