One of the most complex systems in your home is the HVAC system. This is why it’s important for you to hire a service provider who’s well-trained in dealing with its inherent safety issues (e.g. Freon). In the past this was simply referred to as “furnace repair” and included things like ductwork which are now a technology of its own. With the complexity of your air conditioning system today, there are some important considerations you must make when you need AC repair.
Requirements for a Good Air Conditioning Contractor
Most states require those who conduct AC repair to have between two to five years of on-the-job training working with air conditioning systems. This is important because the contractor must have a competent understanding of all the system’s parts (e.g. electrical wiring, combustion systems, refrigerant, airflow through your heating ducts, how all these things work together). Knowing these things isn’t only important for keeping you and your home comfortable, but also for keeping you and your home safe as well. The information that your AC repair contractor has will keep you from being injured or killed by things like carbon monoxide poisoning – something that can happen if your air conditioning system is improperly installed or begins malfunctioning.
Typically, states require contractors to be licensed. The state will maintain a website where you can look up these licenses. This is on top of the specific requirements many cities and municipalities also have. These requirements are in place because AC repair often requires working with plumbing, oil, or natural gas. As such, your contractor may also be required to maintain a separate plumber’s license as well.
As you interview contractors there are some questions you’ll want to make sure that you ask them. These include:
- Make sure you check to see that they have the licenses, bonds, and insurance your state and municipality require. You’ll also want to know what type of licenses are held so you can check with your state to make sure they’re up-to-date.
- Ask them for a list of recent customers whom you can contact to verify that they completed their work in a timely fashion and to the customer’s satisfaction. You should call these references and ask them about the work they had completed.
- Get at least three written estimates from three different companies before having any AC repair work completed. You’ll find that costs vary widely amongst companies. You’ll want them well-documented before starting work.
- Know what specific brands the company carries. You don’t want a contractor who only offers a small selection of brands because they may not specialize in your brand of choice.
- Ask how much experience they have working with your air conditioning system.
- Find out if you qualify for federal or state tax credits or rebates. These incentives will oftentimes require specific documentation.
- Learn what type of a payment schedule is offered. This is really important if you’re having new equipment installed. Oftentimes you must make a deposit followed by progress or planned payments until the bill is satisfied. When using a company’s payment plan or credit, it’s vital for you to real all the fine print so you know exact what you’re responsible for.
- You may receive peace of mind when you join a company’s service contract program. However, you should know when your equipment will be serviced so you have peace of mind.
Having your air conditioning professionally maintained on a regular basis will help extend its lifespan. This is why you should contact Prestige Air Conditioning & Heating. You can trust them to know and do what’s best for your system.