Once you have decided you need to have regular maintenance performed on your HVAC system you need to find the best service available. A company that also installs and designs systems similar to your own is preferable. Full service HVAC companies are usually very up to date on any advances or new products available in their field. Asking your friends, neighbors or family what company they use is an excellent way to proceed. Always make sure whatever company you do choose has liability insurance. Find put how long the people you ask have used the company and if their system ran well after it had been serviced. Ask about the technicians and find out if they were knowledgeable, polite and clean. See if they were on time and if they left a good impression. You need to know if the home was left in good condition. Ask how well the company responded in the case of an emergency. Find out how they were treated when they called in with their problem.
A good HVAC service company will be available at all times. They will have a specific number that is answered twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. They will have plenty of technicians who are on call to handle the volume they generate. The amount of calls they receive will go up when the weather is bad or extremely hot. They will be courteous and polite when you call. Rudeness should not be accepted. They should be able to send out a technician the same day. Nobody wants to wait three weeks to have their air conditioning fixed when the temperature is a hundred and two.
When your HVAC system is beyond repair you need to be particular about the new system you have installed. A good HVAC system will last you for about fifteen or twenty years. If the system you have is older than that having an assessment done is a good idea. The modern units operate a lot more efficiently than the older ones did. This will lower your energy costs and over the years eventually pay for the system.
The contractors you use should be knowledgeable, experienced and service oriented. Although there are a lot of different brands to choose from, most contractors carry them all. Get three separate estimates when replacing your unit. An estimate does not mean you are obligated to use the company. Cost is a consideration and when everything else is equal between companies can be the deciding factor. Manufacturers install new units as well and one estimate should come from this source. If you already have a service company you are happy with making sure to get an estimate from them too.
Make sure your contractor has the experience to know what size unit you need. The wrong size may not heat and cool your home properly and will probably cost more to use than it should. Many of the HVAC shops are not large and the owner will be personally involved. The insulation in your home, attics, basements. windows, doors and the climate you live in are all factors in which unit will work best in your home. Ask questions and make sure you understand the answers before you proceed.