How often have you heard the refrain, “They don’t make ‘em like they used to” in regard to cars, appliances, even home craftsmanship? In so many instances these days, it’s true. A mass-produced, modular table from your local big box store isn’t going to have the same care given in comparison to one that is handmade. There is certainly something to be said for how quickly some things can be made on an assembly line. However, while it may take longer, that personal touch can make a big difference in lasting quality. When quality matters, it’s important to find a specialist you can trust for the work that needs to be done. This is why Comfort Pros Heating & Cooling focuses on providing reliable service and workmanship every time. Unsure what that means? Here are five tips for choosing trustworthy HVAC contractors:
#1. Check Licensing Requirements
Every state has different requirements for HVAC contractors. Yes, even if it’s a difference between Kansas City on the Missouri side versus the Kansas side. Step one to choosing someone for heating or air conditioner work should always be checking their credentials. Figure out what is required in your state and ask potential repair services to provide proof of their credentials.
#2. Know Your System’s Needs
A Trane system will have a different setup than a Westinghouse or a Heil. Know what your system is, including the model number. It’s also helpful to know the maintenance history, even if it’s just what you’ve had done since moving into the home. Another helpful tidbit is to make note of any spots in the home that are uncomfortable to help potential contractors get a better idea of your needs.
#3. Get a Written Estimate
Getting an estimate of work over the phone may sound expedient, but when it comes to HVAC repair, it’s not always a good idea. Differences between systems and repair issues can create a wide disparity between a quoted price and the actual expense. It might take longer, but ask potential contractors to come out, take a look at your system, and provide a written estimate for the work to get a better idea of cost.
#4. Ask For References And Read Reviews
Asking your neighbors or friends in the area for recommendations can be a great place to start. Also, read online reviews or testimonials, but take those with a grain of salt. Remember that some sites filter the reviews based on how much/little a company pays them. Also, keep in mind that most people tend to leave reviews for really excellent service and really horrible experiences, but not much in between.
#5. Calculate Costs
In the case of HVAC repair versus replacement, the lowest bid isn’t always the best option. It may sound counterintuitive, but the lowest bidder may not save you money. If the question is repairing a system versus replacing it, look at things like the age of your current system. In some cases, replacing with a new energy-efficient system can save you money in the long run.
Want to learn more? Give us a call. The team at Comfort Pros Heating & Cooling are happy to explain things and answer your questions. It’s all part of our commitment to reliability and quality workmanship. Contact us today for HVAC service or repair in Lee’s Summit and surrounding areas!