As the summer season has progressed, you may be realizing that your HVAC system is not running the way you want it to.
Hot and humid San Jose days can take a toll on you if your air conditioning is not properly cooling down the house.
To fully enjoy the summer (and stay sane in the heat), it’s important to get your HVAC system fixed quickly.
Today, TFF HVAC wants to give you some tips on how to choose the right HVAC Company in San Jose this summer.
1. Review Their References
Always take the time to check out potential HVAC contractor’s references. You will want to make sure they have impressed past customers with their expertise and skill.
Thoroughly reviewing a business’s references can help ensure that they are trustworthy and professional contractors.
If the HVAC contractor lacks references – or has poor references – it’s probably a good idea to move on.
2. Check To See That They Have The Proper Insurances and Licensing
Being certain that the HVAC company you hire is professional is essential to receiving great service.
A professional HVAC company will have proper insurance and licensing and will gladly provide you with proof of their safety protocols and training.
Unsure what exactly to look for in regards to licensing?
“Licensing. Depending on where your business is situated, an HVAC contractor may be required to obtain a license by the state, municipality, or county. Oftentimes, a state requirement may be a certificate of passed exams and technical HVAC training.
There are two websites you can consult to find your state’s specific requirements or check whether your contractor of choice is licensed: the Contractor’s License Reference Site and National Contractors.
Bonding. A contract license surety bond is needed as a precaution against unfair dealings as well as a kind of financial insurance in case something with the agreement goes wrong.
It’s a prerequisite for getting a license, so again, check with your local authorities if it’s a mandatory requirement. The bond amount varies according to the local requirements.
Worker’s compensation insurance. It’s needed in case a worker is injured while performing the job on your property.”
All of this paperwork is essential, so it is important that you hire a contractor who is happy to provide these documents.
3. Don’t Just Choose Based On Price
Although pricing is an important aspect of hiring an HVAC contractor, it is not the only component.
If you choose an incredibly cheap contractor, the value of their work may be reflected in the price.
Unprofessional contractors may offer lower rates, but may have little training or experience.
It is wise to choose a professional contractor who offers a fair price, but it’s equally as important to find a good HVAC contractor who has plenty of experience and professionalism.
4. Be Sure They Have A Detailed Contract
Ask upfront if your HVAC contractor can write up a job contract that lists all the job details.
This should include what you can expect from them, the price estimate, and the proposed timeline.
The contract will help ensure that you are getting what you are paying for. A job contract helps protect the interest of both the customer and the contractor.
If a contractor is not willing to type up a contract, or if the contract they create is unprofessional or missing a lot of information, then you may want to reconsider your hire.
5. Look Into The Better Business Bureau
“Research and gather information. Search for a contractor’s Business Profile at BBB.org for free information on their history of complaints, read verified Customer Reviews, and see if they are an Accredited Business.
BBB Accredited Businesses make a commitment to uphold BBB’s accreditation standards including to build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor their promises, be responsive to their customers, safeguard privacy and embody integrity.
Also search for the name of the company online along with “Complaint”, “Review” or “Scam” to find different results. Ask the company if employees and sub-contractors undergo a background check. Are they trained and certified? What identification will they show when they come to your home?”
You won’t regret doing the extra research to make sure you hire the right HVAC contractor.
6. Choose A Contractor That Will Give You A Free Estimate
A free estimate gives you a good idea in advance of the work that needs to be done on your HVAC system, as well as how much the project is going to cost.
Businesses who offer free estimates are generally confident in their work, experience, and pricing.
They don’t mind taking the time to provide you with something of value for free, because they believe their services (should you hire them) will be to your total satisfaction.
If you find an HVAC contractor or company that offers a free estimate that is a good sign that they are professional and will offer you quality work.
TFF HVAC is a professional HVAC company that offers free estimates and has award-winning quality work in San Jose.