Looking for An HVAC Contractor? 5 Tips To Find The Best

Looking for An HVAC Contractor? 5 Tips To Find The BestWhen your HVAC equipment fails, it’s natural to want to get it repaired right away. But before rushing into anything, take a few deep breaths and go through these important tips about hiring an HVAC contractor.

Check contractor has a valid license

The State of California requires that home contractors have a valid license, so before selecting a contractor check that the company is licensed. If the contractor is not licensed do not consider them, it’s illegal to be unlicensed.

Expect a proper home evaluation

Modern HVAC systems are complex and must be carefully designed, sized, and installed to work efficiently. When hiring an HVAC contractor you should expect them to spend time checking your existing equipment, ductwork, and measuring the rooms properly. If they don’t do this but recommend major alterations, it’s a sign that they may be taking you for a ride.

Provision of detailed written estimates

Your contractor should provide you with a detailed estimate of the work. When equipment is to be replaced, ask for specific details regarding the brand and model the contractor proposes installing. Always obtain three estimates and be suspicious of any particularly low or high estimates.

Check references

Once you have received your estimates, and before hiring an HVAC contractor, ask for names of recent customers and phone them to verify that they were happy with the quality of the work. This essential step will give you a good indication of the contractor’s reliability.

Sign on the dotted line

When you are replacing HVAC equipment it is wise to insist that both you and the contractor sign the proposal or a written contract specifying in detail the work the contractor will be doing. Ensure this includes specific model numbers, schedule of work, and warranty conditions. This important step in hiring an HVAC contractor will protect you in the event of any dispute.

If you live in the North County or San Diego area, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc on (760) 295-5014. We will give you a free estimate and honor our pledge to serve our customers with integrity, objectivity, and competence.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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  • I like how you point out that when your air conditioning goes out you are going to want to get it fixed right away so you might default to the first contractor you find which could be a mistake. Instead, my husband and I should probably find a reliable one now so that we know who to call if we ever need a repair. I like the tip you give of checking references and referrals to make sure you find a reputable contractor. Thanks for sharing this!

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  • Thanks for this helpful information on finding an hvac contractor. I will have to make sure that when I am looking for a contractor, I will look for one that has a valid license. I also like what you said about getting a written estimate. This will come in handy, thanks!

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  • Having your air conditioning system break can cause some frustrations, I would know. I remember when I first installed my AC system, it broke down a few days later. I was frustrated and I frantically looked for a repair man. That was when I calmed down and called the repair man my brother had recommended me. I knew he would do a good job, because I have seen his work before. Thanks for the great advice and tips!

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  • Thanks for this helpful post on how to find the best HVAC contractor. I like what you said about checking peoples references. I would like to be able to see what previous customers have said about the contractor. I really need to find a good contractor that I can trust for any future needs. Thanks for the help!

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  • These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to find an HVAC contractor that will properly evaluate your home. My husband and I just moved into a new house, and the current heating and cooling system is pretty old, so we’ve been talking about replacing it. We’ll definitely look for a contractor who will take time to evaluate our home and make any recommendations for changes so our new system runs efficiently. Thanks for the great post!

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  • You can also meet with the contractor in person. If you do that, you can get some sort of idea of what they are like. I am sure you will want to hire someone who is experienced and trustworthy, as well as friendly and caring. So, meeting in person can hopefully help you in determining if he/she has those qualities.

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    • Great tip!

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  • I like that you talked about checking the background of whoever you want to hire and making sure they have licensing. I think another great way to check out how they work is by looking at their online presence. Any HVAC company that has a solid website with some great social media profiles would stand out from the crowd, in my opinion. With these online sites, you could see just how they interact with their clients and keep a good customer service reputation going. We are looking to hire a heating contractor next month, and looking online is something I’ve already started doing. I really want to find a company that is different from the rest.

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    • Certainly, a solid online reputation is always a plus! It never hurts to go that extra step and make sure a contractor has a current license and insurance. Thanks!

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  • I appreciate this information about hiring a commercial HVAC contractor. It is good to know that asking for referrals can be beneficial. Friends and family would be happy to give recommendations. Something else to consider would be to find someone who is experienced and licensed. These things would ensure quality work.

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  • Thanks for sharing some tips for finding the best HVAC contractor. It makes sense that you would want to make sure they have a valid license. I would think that this will protect you and them from a lot of liabilities. I also like that you recommend checking references. It seems like it is important to make sure you are hiring someone with the best reputation.

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  • I really like your tip about asking for the names of recent customers and verify that they were happy with the quality of work. I think that is a great way to determine if they are the right person for the job. My husband and I have been thinking about getting new heating and air conditioning units so we will have to keep these tips in mind while we look for a contractor, thanks for sharing!

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  • I like your tip on finding if an HVAC contractor will actually inspect your home before diagnosing the problem. I agree that you would want to find someone who takes time checking every aspect of your heating system. My heater has not been working so when I find someone to repair it I’ll have to be sure to see if they will do a home inspection first.

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    • Glad this was helpful!

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  • You can never be too careful when hiring someone to come into your home or workplace to do major work. I’ve had problems with contractors in the past where they have done a poor job, taken the money, and were unreachable when I realized I didn’t get what I paid for. I am extremely cautious now and do a lot of research before hiring someone. Your tip to call previous customers and ask how they felt about the work is definitely going to be something I do going forward. I also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if they are affiliated with that and check out their online presence, including social media reviews and posts from customers. Thanks for the great article!

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    • Thanks! Definitely easier to do your due diligence ahead of time.

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  • I really like your tip about making sure that you check references when it comes to hiring an HVAC contractor. My husband and I have been wanting to get a new heating and air system so we will have to keep these tips in mind. Hopefully, we can find a great system that will work for us and help us to save money in the long run.

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    • Thanks for reading, Aria! Glad we could help.

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  • I really like your tip about how you should expect an HVAC contractor to spend time checking your existing system. It seems like the contractor is most worthwhile when they are able to assess your home correctly. I will for sure share these tips with my husband for when we need an HVAC contractor.

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    • Glad we could help!

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  • I never knew that it is also important for your HVAC contractor to sign any kind of written contract or proposal for the equipment being installed. I think that having him sign any kind of paperwork makes him more liable; therefore, it will motivate him to do a more efficient job. Our central heater went out recently and we are looking for a contractor. This information has been incredibly useful — thank you!

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    • It is an agreement, they have to honor the warranties that they are proving you!

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  • Checking references would be a good idea when it comes to finding an HVAC contractor. Talking to former clients about their experience would be beneficial. My sister recently found success with her hired contractor because he came with quality tools to solve appropriate problems.

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    • It is always a good idea!

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  • My HVAC system has been struggling lately, and I need to get it fixed. I like the advice about how you should check references and phone them to verify the work quality. Something else to do is to get an HVAC contractor that is local and available 24/7. That way, you can get help quickly no matter what.

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    • Great point!

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  • Thanks for your tip that a contractor should provide you with a detailed estimate of the work they do for you! I feel like it would be easy for many homeowners to overpay for services they didn’t necessarily need without that. It would also help to use a provider that you know to be trustworthy, so customer reviews would be a really good idea as well.

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    • Glad we could help!

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  • My husband and I are looking for an HVAC company to help repair a steam boiler in our home. We want to ensure that they are a reliable and experienced company that will know how to correctly diagnose and repair the problem. Thanks for the tips on how checking the quality of work that recent customers received will ensure reliability.

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    • You are very welcome! Thanks for reading!

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  • Checking references would be a good thing to do when finding an HVAC contractor. It would be good to speak with past clients to verify the quality of the work provided. It would also be wise to ask these past customers about their specific HVAC problems to find a contractor who has dealt with situations similar to yours.

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    • Great point!

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  • I really like your tip about asking for the names of recent customers and to phone them and make sure that they were happy with the service. That is something that we will have to try since we are thinking about installing a new AC system. Our current one just keeps having issues, so I’m pretty sure the previous owners of the home didn’t change the filters or take care of it like they needed to. I’ll have to call around and get the names from the businesses that I talk to. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Hopefully you can get the most honest remarks about each company when reaching out to their clients! Good luck!

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  • Our air conditioner has been making strange sounds, and we are looking to find an HVAC contractor to come resolve the issue. It is good to know that one should check references before hiring one of these contractors. Thanks for informing me to ask for names of recent customers to verify that they are happy with the quality of work performed. I will definitely keep this in mind.

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    • Glad we could help!

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