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Choosing a Good Heating Contractor

Choosing a Good Heating ContractorConsidering what’s at stake, taking the time to find a good heating contractor will be worth the effort. HVAC systems are complicated with many interdependent mechanical and electric parts that work together with precision. Your energy costs and comfort depend on their efficient and dependable operation.

These tips can help you identify a reputable local HVAC contractor who will keep your equipment running at its best:

1. Make sure they’re licensed.

In Arizona all HVAC contractors must have a valid HVAC contractor’s license, along with insurance and bonding. If your system is installed by an unlicensed contractor, the manufacturer may not honor the warranty.

Check with the Arizona Department of Contractor’s website to find their licenses status along with their bond.

2. Look for certifications from independent organizations.

A contractor with NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification has passed the most rigorous testing programs in the industry and demonstrated their commitment to customer service. In order to maintain the prestigious NATE certification, technicians must continue their educations and undergo testing every two years.

3. Insist on in-home consultations.

When you’re choosing a new system, be wary of a contractor who gives you a quote over the phone without visiting your home first. New equipment needs to be sized for each home individually based on a unique set of factors. A contractor who installs a system without assessing a home first is cutting corners.

4. Don’t base your decision on pricing.

A good heating contractor won’t cut corners when installing, maintaining, or repairing your system. Since your comfort and energy bills depend on their knowledge and performance, the lowest bid might cost you more over time.

5. Ask for written invoices or contracts.

Either or both protect you and the contractor from hidden surprises about the scope of work and the time frame.

A top-notch heating contractor has the knowledge and professionalism you want to keep your system running at its best. For more information, contact Hansberger Refrigeration & Electric Company, a NATE-certified contractor proudly serving Yuma homeowners since 1952.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Yuma, Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about contractors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 928-723-3183.