Just because an HVAC contractor is well-liked doesn't mean they are the best pick for your needs. HVAC contractors will be ever in demand because people and businesses will always have a need for their HVAC servicing, replacement or repair expertise. Do some research and learn about contractor's reputation prior to signing an agreement.


Where to Find Prospects


You can start with Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). This is a non-profit organization whose members include at least 60,000 professionals and at least 4,000 businesses, each of them connected to the indoor environment field and energy services. These members are all in good standing and can provide referrals for past jobs.


Consumer review and rating websites are but another option, which allows you to check if a certain contractor or company is trustworthy and delivers top quality work. Otherwise, just ask around for recommendations. Friends, relatives and coworkers are often happy to extend some help.


The Better Business Bureau


The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is very useful if you want to verify an HVAC contractor's consumer ratings. On its website, you can check if the contractor you're eyeing has been the subject of consumer complaints in the past. For any inquiries, you can contact your local BBB office.


Contractor's Credentials


Find out if your prospective HVAC contractor has experience maintaining, repairing or replacing  your current system, because this will be key to preventing future misunderstandings or technical issues. If you plan to install a new system, make sure you hire a contractor who is actually a specialist in your equipment's specific brand or model.


Important Paperwork


> Licensing


HVAC contractors may have to obtain a license (state, municipality, or county), depending on location. Check the Contractor's License Reference Site and the National Contractors website to know if HVAC contractors in your state will need a license.  Know more about air conditioning in


> Bonding


A contract license surety bond is a must, serving as your protection against unfair dealings, and also as a form of financial insurance if you ever run into problems with the agreement.


> Worker's compensation insurance


If a worker gets injured while performing his job on your property, worker's compensation insurance is your guarantee that you will have no financial liability.


The Contract


Beginning with your initial inquiry, keep all communication in writing. Emailing instead of calling the company is usually better as it gives you a record of what has been said or promised. Check out if you have questions.


Lastly, quotes or bids should all be returned in official writing, and just before you sign the contract, review it and make sure it contains the following details:


> start and end dates of the project


> labor and equipment cost breakdown


> schedule and mode of payment


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