8 Tips for Hiring an HVAC Contractor Who’s Right for the Job

hvac contractor, Long Island, New YorkWhy do so many people worry when hiring an HVAC contractor? Perhaps it’s because a home’s heating and cooling system is a key element when it comes to keeping your home happy and healthy.

To find the right contractor for your home, follow these eight simple tips:

  • Educate yourself – Before you begin your search, check with your local government to find out the license and insurance requirements that a contractor must meet.
  • Ask around – Your first inquiry should be directed at people you know, such as family and friends. Some of them may recommend a reputable technician that you can contact.
  • Contact references – One of the best ways to find out about the capabilities of an HVAC contractor is to ask him or her for a short list of references, and then contact each one for an opinion.
  • Obtain multiple estimates – Getting more than one estimate will give you a choice between contractors. Don’t solely go by price, however.
  • Ask about discounts – Contractors are known for offering discounts at various times throughout the year. It never hurts to ask about current specials or check on their websites.
  • Expect an evaluation – A home evaluation is an important part of the process once you’ve hired a contractor. Elements such as energy efficiency, ductwork and air leakage will be checked, and any problems will be pointed out.
  • Get a written contract – It’s very important that you have a written contract in hand before any work’s performed so you know how everything will proceed.
  • Insist on Energy Star products – When new heating or cooling equipment is being installed, it makes sense to choose units adorned with the Energy Star label to ensure maximum efficiency.

For more expert advice when hiring an HVAC contractor, or for questions relating to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Long Island since 1934.

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16 thoughts on “8 Tips for Hiring an HVAC Contractor Who’s Right for the Job

  1. It seems like most of these tips can be summed up as “be proactive.” Doing your research about your local area’s requirements for contractors, then asking around and looking for references, is not as easy as calling the first place you look. However, in my experience, that bit of extra research gives huge returns in quality and cost of work, so it’s well worth it to be proactive. Thanks for the article!

  2. It’s good to know that you can ask for discounts from an HVAC contractor. I’m on a bit of a budget right now, but I still really want to get a new HVAC unit installed in my house. I’ll be sure to call some contractors and see if they offer any discounts right away. That might be a great way to help me narrow down my options as well!

  3. I wasn’t aware that contractors are known for offering discounts at various times throughout the year. We recently had an incident where my sons kicked a ball into our air conditioner last week and it hasn’t been working since. I am no professional, so I will be sure to contact one to get help fixing it!

  4. My wife and I have noticed that are AC unit isn’t working like it used to. It will turn off when it is still relatively warm in the room. I agree that it would be a good idea to ask my family and friends who live around me who they have used to help them with similar problems. I’ll have to bring this up with my wife tonight during dinner.

  5. I did not know that one of the best ways to find out about the capabilities of an HVAC contractor was to ask him or her for a short list of references. It would be beneficial to talk with these past clients about their experience with the professional. My mom has also told me that it is helpful to hire someone local so that they can be there to help and solve your problems in a shorter amount of time.

  6. I agree that it helps to become educated about the license and insurance requirements a HVAC contractor needs to meet. I also think it’s worth researching what they do. If you understand their work, you can feel better about the work they do for you since you understand how they are helping you.

  7. I really like the article’s tip to ask around when finding a HVAC contractor. I know I’d feel much more comfortable hiring a contractor that has provided an experience good enough to be vouched for by someone I know. Plus, I think it would be a lot quicker to find a contractor through word-of-mouth referrals anyways.

  8. Thanks for the tips for hiring the right HVAC contractor. I like how you said to look at their references and things, to see previous customers. If I talked to two or three previous customers who were happy, then I would have no problem hiring the contractor.

  9. I totally agree that you want to hire an HVAC contractor who has great references. If past clients are happy, it is a good indicator that the company will be good. My AC unit has been really weird lately, and I want to make sure it is in top-notch shape when the summer comes. I will keep these tips in mind, thanks!

  10. I like these tips you’ve provided about things to know before hiring an HVAC contractor. Your tip about expecting an evaluation sounds really appealing to me. I want to make sure that my HVAC contractor looks at all the aspects of my air conditioning system so that they understand how it’s working and how well it is working. I’ll keep all these tips in mind before I hire someone.

  11. Our HVAC unit has been acting out of sorts recently, and we are in need of having someone come in and take a look. But since we haven’t had to hire one before, we would like some advice on how to choose the right one for us. It’s good to know that when we start our search, that we should talk to the different contractors to see if any of them have any discounts for us. This will be great to know, so that we don’t have to spend a lot of money at the beginning of summer.

  12. Our air conditioner has been making strange sounds, and if there is a problem, we want to get it fixed before the unit stops working. It is good to know that one should ask about contact references when hiring an HVAC contractor. It would be good to have a list of contacts to talk with to get an opinion about the contractor’s work. We will keep this in mind as we hire, thanks.

  13. I think that the article makes an incredibly good point about expecting an evaluation from the heating contractor. After all, there’s really no way that the contractor is going to know what kind of heating system you need if they don’t look at your house first. It might even help to ask them how long they expect the evaluation to take when you’re calling them on the phone.

  14. I really like what you said about asking around and contacting references. I think my sister recently got some AC work done around her house, so maybe I should ask her if she has anyone in mind or any references for me. Hopefully, I can find a good contractor that can help me with figuring out what is wrong with my AC and if I need to replace it.

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