Hiring Your HVAC System Contractor: 9 Tips That Will Make The Job Easy

hiring an hvac system contractor, Long Island, New YorkHiring an HVAC system contractor for your Long Island area home is a big decision. It’s important that you do your homework to ensure you get the right contractor.

Keep these tips in mind as you consider contractors:

  • Learn license and insurance requirements that contractors must meet in New York. Ensure that potential contractors meet these requirements. Learn how long they have been in business.
  • As for referrals from friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers. Local trade organizations can also provide names of members in your area.
  • Ask contractors for references from their customers and call them. Ask the customers how well the contractor performed during equipment installation or service, and if the work was timely and on budget.
  • Look for the Energy Star brand. These products meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency energy-efficiency guidelines and will provide long-term savings on energy. A contractor should provide information on savings you can realize on Energy Star-qualified cooling and heating equipment.
  • Check for special offers, including rebates on Energy Star-brand equipment.
  • Write down your system’s model number and maintenance history before calling a contractor. Note any uncomfortable rooms.
  • You should receive a comprehensive home evaluation from a contractor who will thoroughly inspect your current system and your home to assess your needs. A cooling and heating system should meet your needs when your home’s size, insulation levels and windows are considered. A quality contractor also will inspect your duct system, if applicable.
  • Get itemized estimates, and get them in writing. Compare contractor bids by examining cost, efficiency and warranties. Keep in mind that a low bid doesn’t always mean it’s the best deal.
  • Get a signed proposal in writing before work begins, specifying project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information.

At T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating, we service and install nearly every type and brand of available HVAC equipment. We also offer a comprehensive annual maintenance plan for peak performance. It can even pay for itself through energy savings and avoidance of expensive repairs.

For more on hiring an HVAC-system contractor or other home comfort topics, feel free to contact us at T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating. We’ve served the Long Island area for more than 75 years and have received numerous awards for our services.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).   For more information about other HVAC topics,  download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

3 thoughts on “Hiring Your HVAC System Contractor: 9 Tips That Will Make The Job Easy

  1. I like your tip on not only asking for customer references but also calling them. I would imagine that finding someone who has a customer that have good things to say about them would be a good way to ensure they are doing well. My husband and I need a heating contractor to install a new boiler so before we hire them we’ll be sure to contact past references.

  2. These are some great tips for hiring an AC contractor. I like how you talked about asking friends and family members for referrals. I am sure they have had AC maintenance done before, so they should know someone good.

  3. I really liked your advice about how you should write down your system’s model number. If I were to do this, I could simply give the number to different air conditioning contractors, and see if they are experienced with the system. Hiring someone familiar and experienced with the system would mean that they would likely be able to repair it quicker. Thanks for the great article.

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