Steps To Picking The Right Heating Contractor
Picking the right HVAC contractor, involves a few easy steps. First it’s important to make sure that the contractor is insured and licensed. Reputable contractors will have their credentials available at your request. These credentials should include all federal, state and local licenses and certifications, as well as liability insurance. Ask the contractor if he or she has been professionally trained, and ask to see their license. It is also a good idea to check with your states professional licensing board, to check the status of the license. While not mandatory, most professional HVAC contractors will have a North American Technician Excellence certification (NATE). This is a federal certification that validates a technician’s knowledge in the area of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. It is a widely accepted certification that professionals obtain by taking an exam. An Excellence certification is also a certification that is not mandatory, but again, validates the technicians knowledge. To obtain this certification, a technician must have at least two years experience in the field and have had passed a written examination.
A mandatory certification is the EPA 608 certification. An HVAC contractor must obtain this in order to legally put refrigerant into an air conditioning system. Finally, check with local authorities for licensing and certification requirements.
Whatever the reason for needing to call a HVAC contractor, they should be knowledgeable in all phases of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. By asking these questions, you can find out whether or not the contractor is qualified.
An HVAC contractor should conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner. Your questions should be answered in full detail with written examples of experience available upon request. Never rely on oral statements. Once you feel comfortable with the person who you are considering to hire, make sure to read the terms and work description in the estimate, and be sure all work is guaranteed. Descriptions of work and services should also be written in minute detail.
It’s also important to get multiple estimates. This way you can get an idea of whether the estimate cost is competitive or not. Are you in need of a reliable heating contractor in the Aurora area? Call Prestige Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at (630) 801-8600 and schedule a service call today!
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