How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Utica02/19/2016 No important decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of deciding on an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to find a contractor that will listen to you and ensure they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a good candidate to be a DIY project. You’ll need to find a contractor that is highly skilled in a number of areas. They will work out your home’s load calculation, pull permits to make sure local codes are met, check piping and a whole slew of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system isn’t getting a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get mediocre performance from your system. The professionals at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. have put together some questions to ask to assist you on your pursuit of finding your ideal HVAC contractor. Do they have references or referrals? If you’re looking to work with a company they should be able to give you a list of recent customers that can verify the quality of their work. From there you can call and ask them about their recent HVAC projects, if they are pleased with the results and if they would choose the company again in the future. You can also check with sources like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Searching a contractor on BBB will allow you to read through consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that utilizes the knowledge of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that belong to the ACCA are serious about their profession and will gladly provide you with referrals. Another option option is asking for the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are received from people you know and trust. You’ll most likely not only get feedback on what contractors to use, but also who to avoid. If you’re looking for suggestions from your neighbors, nextdoor.com is literally a social network of your neighbors. Are they NATE-certified? If your contractor is NATE-certified you can have confidence that you’re getting a contractor that meets the highest standards in installation and service. NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is a non-profit organization for HVAC technicians. Before becoming NATE-certified a technician has to pass specialized and real-world tests that were put together by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Just about every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This provides protection for consumers from companies that use inexperienced workers. A quick online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you live in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to prevent any issues. When to ask these questions? The ideal time to find a quality HVAC contractor is before anything breaks down. If you get your system checked when it’s running properly and get your yearly maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. Building a relationship based on trust and experience is important to us at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica. Our professionals will happily answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 586-731-0950 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.