The Importance of Professional HVAC System Installation and What to Look for in an HVAC Contractor
Your HVAC system is a major investment in your home, and you want it to last a long time. That’s why it’s important to have a professional HVAC contractor install the system for you. This is a major undertaking for even the most experienced DIY-er, and mistakes can be costly, not only in terms of dollars and cents but as well as comfort in your home. HVAC systems have a lot of intricate, interrelated components; if you screw one part up, it can result in a domino effect that impacts the entire system. There are also advanced electrical issues to deal with, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, the results could be catastrophic or even deadly. The same can be said if you try to cut costs by hiring a “jack-of-all-trades” from an online referral site.
Here are some benefits of hiring an HVAC contractor to do your install:
1. Experience and expertise.
HVAC contractors are trained in HVAC systems, understand how they work, and know how to install them. In fact, in most cases, HVAC installations and servicing are all that they do. Why trust the job to anyone else?
2. To maintain the warranty.
Most HVAC manufacturers have a clause in their contracts that the system must be installed by a professional. If you don’t heed this requirement and something goes wrong, your warranty might not cover the repair.
3. For safety purposes.
As stated, HVAC installations are complicated and involve practically all major systems of your home. HVAC technicians have the training and licenses necessary to work with electricity, gas, etc.
4. Licensed and insured.
HVAC technicians working for any reputable company will be licensed and insured. This means they meet state and local requirements to perform the job. Also, should there be any accidents, property damage, equipment failure, etc., it will all be covered by the company’s insurance, thus reducing your liability as a homeowner.
How to find a reputable HVAC contractor:
Word-of-mouth is the best source of referrals. If somebody you know and trust has had a great experience with an HVAC contractor, it’s a solid lead worth following up on. You can also look at online reviews but read them from a variety of sites to form a more well-rounded opinion. Check the Better Business Bureau as well.
2. Certification, licensure, and insurance.
A good HVAC company will require its technicians to have adequate training, experience, and licenses and certificates to perform the job.
3. Customer service.
How are you treated when you contact the company by phone or online? How quickly are you able to get an appointment for an estimate? Did the technician perform a thorough service? How were their communication skills? Develop a mental or written checklist with your customer service requirements to form accurate comparisons between companies.
4. Fair pricing.
The most expensive company might not be the best one and vice versa. When comparing prices, ask about money-back guarantees, and other financial considerations that are important to you.
5. Emergency service.
Does the company offer emergency services? Are there extra fees for after-hours or weekend service calls? You want to know that you aren’t stranded if an emergency occurs in the evening or during the weekend.
The HVAC technicians at Atlas Butler are licensed and have the training and expertise necessary to perform a professional HVAC installation while causing minimum downtime for your household. Give us a call at 614-681-2167 to schedule an appointment to discuss your HVAC system selection and installation. Our phone is answered 24/7 and there are never any after-hours or overtime fees.