Choosing the Right Contractor for the Job

July 3, 2013

In the hot and humid weather that Georgia calls summer, salvation can be found in two beautiful words: air conditioning. When your central AC goes on the fritz – or when your heating system breaks down in the dead of winter – swift, efficient and reliable repairs are necessary to maintain your family’s comfort and health. Choosing the right contractor for the job may seem like a challenging task. If you know what things to look for in an HVAC contractor, however, the decision isn’t as daunting.

Learn about your equipment: Find the model number and maintenance history of your unit. Contractors may ask for this when you call to discuss a consultation and pricing estimate. Not to worry if you don’t have this information; expert technicians can help you locate the necessary numbers during a home evaluation.

Get referrals: Talk to friends, neighbors, and local family members and find out who they recommend for heating and cooling service repairs. During an interview with contractors, ask them for references from current and past customers.

Double-check credentials: ENERGY STAR recommends that homeowners research the licensing and insurance requirements for their state. When interviewing contractors, make sure they meet or exceed all industry standards in these areas. For your protection, confirm that your preferred service provider carries workman’s compensation insurance, as well.

Request a home evaluation: A qualified heating and cooling specialist will perform a home evaluation, often free of charge. This assessment helps the contractor determine what the proper course of repair is for your system, and what size replacement unit is needed, if applicable. A home evaluation may also include components of an energy audit of suggested changes to heat and cool your home as efficiently as possible. If your chosen contractor does not offer a home evaluation, ask for one.

Consider energy efficiency: Look for companies that offer ENERGY STAR equipment. Products that meet ENERGY STAR criteria use less energy, which translates into a greener environment and cost savings for you.

Get it in writing: Choose a contractor that will give you a written, itemized list of work to be done with accurate pricing – before the job is started. Know exactly what you are getting for the price you are paying, including warranty terms and a projected job completion schedule.

Harrell King Heating and Air employs licensed and certified technicians that are the right contractors for any job.  Our employees graduate from private HVAC programs and apprentice with full-fledged contractors in order to develop the expertise needed to provide “Service Fit for a King.” We are proud to serve customers in the Southwest Georgia region. Contract Harrell King to learn more about our heating, cooling, indoor air quality and emergency repair services—and enjoy a cooler, more comfortable summer!

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