Maybe it was planned. Maybe it was an emergency. Whatever the case may be, you’re starting to think about replacing your old A/C system.
There are a number of companies in the area that claim they can handle the job. However, this is no small walk in the park; it’s one of the biggest expenses a homeowner will experience. Moreover, the true efficiency of a system is due in large part to a successful installation. Getting it wrong could mean thousands of dollars worth of unneeded expense over the lifetime of your system.
You need to get this right the first time. You need to pick the right contractor.
Thanks to the miracle of technology, it’s never been easier to get the information you need to make the best choice possible. In this buyer’s market, half the battle lies in knowing where to start. The following steps will help you make the best decision.
Start with Some Research
The first step is to familiarize yourself with what’s available. Do some research online and see what contractors or companies are available specifically in your area. Do they offer a comprehensive list of services? Do they offer the services you are looking for? If so, take it one step further.
Check the Reputation
Contractors live and die by the caliber of their reputation. The good ones will have a reputation of providing quality service and personable care.
Consult your friends, neighbors and co-workers for their recommendations on which outfit is best. Ask them about their experience and if they would choose them again for future projects.
Check to see what previous customers are saying about this company. Sites like Yelp, Merchant Circle, and Angie’s List provide customer reviews and recommendations. So too do Google’s business listings and Company Google+ Pages. Check social media to see if this company makes a point to engage with customers and visit the Better Business Bureau’s website as well.
Use Special Offers
A great deal might be just a few clicks or a call away. Contractors and companies that handle A/C replacement almost always have a special promotion that you can take advantage of immediately, or within the year.
Check your budget, check online, and see if a special promotion might be the best option for you.
Schedule Your Evaluation
Once you’ve made your choice, scheduling a visit from an expert technician will be the next step towards A/C replacement. Have important information like the model number and details on your old system handy for when the technician arrives.
This visit will primarily be for diagnosing the problem(s) with your system, exploring new options, and honing in on the best course of action.
Be sure to call to attention any other areas of concern that you may have about your home comfort systems or air quality.
Agree Before the Start
Before the project commences, it is vitally important to have a solid understanding of the full scope of the project. What’s to be expected? What comes standard? What requires an upgrade or further approval? Make sure you know the details before signing on the dotted line.
A good contractor will walk you through what to expect as well as field any questions about the work being performed. Take this time to clear up any lingering questions you may have.
At the end of the day, provide your feedback on the services performed and help out your fellow consumer community. Some companies will have an incentive program for submitting referrals, so be sure to inquire. If you’re a fan of the service provided, look into any membership or retainer programs they facilitate. These programs are often an incredible value and can add years and savings to the lifespan of your new A/C system.