Choosing an HVAC contractor can be a bit confusing if you don’t know anything about HVAC. Are licenses required? What should an HVAC contractor be able to do and are their prices reasonable? You may not know where to start to answer these questions. Below, we’ve collected some tips on how you can compare HVAC contractors and pick the right one for you.
1. Ask If They Are Licensed
When you’re considering an HVAC contractor or any contractor, it is essential to make sure that they are licensed. Why should licensing be your first question for your HVAC contractor? There are several reasons:
1. It is illegal for someone who is unlicensed to perform HVAC services in Ontario
2. Without licensing your HVAC tech may not have the knowledge that they need to perform repairs and installations correctly. This can result in efficiency problems and, more concerningly, safety issues.
3. HVAC technicians need to add tags to their work, so authorities will know if someone who is unlicensed worked on your equipment.
2. Ask for Proof of Insurance
All contractors get insurance both to protect their business and to protect you from liability if an accident happens on your property. In order for you to be properly protected, the company needs to have enough coverage to handle major accidents, as rare as they may be. One million is typically the starting amount for contractor insurance.
3. Look at Other HVAC Certification
Is your contractor a member of associations, or do they have additional certificates that might make them more qualified for the specific work that you need? Being a member of an organization might give them access to special resources that can in turn benefit you. Having additional certificates means that your contractor is dedicated to furthering their education and keeping up to date on new technologies and techniques.
Are you looking to hire a licensed HVAC contractor who can look after all your maintenance needs year-round? Call the certified technicians at D&B ClimateCare today.
4. Ask for References and Call Them
Sure, you can read reviews posted about the business online, but every business will tend to collect a few great and some not-so-great reviews. It’s better to ask for a reference’s contact information and call them up yourself. That way you’re more likely to understand their expectations and whether or not you’d share them.
5. Compare Quotes
When you have whittled it down to about three contractors, ask each to provide you with a quote for their services. Comparing quotes can be quite fruitful in helping you make your decision.
How to Find Out if a Contractor is Licensed in Ontario
It’s unwise to just trust someone who says that they are licensed. You can look up the company for their license number through the Ontario College of Trade’s “Find a Member” Search. That way you confirm not just that the HVAC contractor has a license but also that it hasn’t lapsed.
Are you looking to purchase and install a new HVAC unit or need some repair work on an existing HVAC unit? Please call the licensed HVAC technicians at D&B ClimateCare for the best quality work.