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How to Hire a Heating and Cooling Contractor

We all know the last thing we want to do on the hottest day of the year is turn on our cooling system and hear nothing, but more often than not- that is exactly what happens. The saying goes, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Don’t worry though, we are going to cover what you should do if your system does go out and you need a contractor stat.

Ask For Recommendations

When the sun is beating down on the house and your kids are getting cranky, you need to find a contractor and find one fast. You don’t necessarily have the luxury of being able to spend days and days researched and comparing to find the best contractor at the best price, you need to find a good contractor that can do the work asap. So, ask for recommendations from friends and family and local social media groups you are in. The best information you can get is from someone who has “been there and done that”. Asking for the good, bad and ugly can get you a quick list of those to contact and those you should stay away from.

Check Reviews

Now that you have a working list from your family and neighbors, start checking their online reviews. Places like Yelp and Facebook are great platforms where you can discover a little bit more about your potential contractor. Check with the Better Business Bureau and see if they have any outstanding complaints from past customers. Knowing who you are hiring before they enter your home will save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run.

Call For Availability

Odds are, if it’s the hottest day of the year and your system is on the fritz- so are others. Make sure to get a long enough list of good contractors that you can call and check their availability. If you talk to one and they can’t get to you for a week, move on to the next company and see when they can get out. Put together a list of dates and times and make sure to choose not only the best company for the job, but also a company that can get there fast. Nothing is worse than being stranded in a hot house that will only get hotter.

Ask For Estimates

If it comes down to you needing a new system or roasting in your home- you are going to want to get a few estimates. Getting a couple of estimates to compare against each other will give you the best decision moving forward and you’ll be able to find out who is the best fit for your cooling system replacement.

No one likes to be stuck without a cool home, but know that making and educated decision before you hire a contractor can save you both time and money in the long run.

4 comments on “How to Hire a Heating and Cooling Contractor

It was nice that you suggested getting recommendations from the local social media groups you are in to find a cooling contractor. My husband and I are planning to install a new cooling unit. We don’t know where we can find a reliable cooling contractor, so we’ll make sure to post a status on our social media accounts to get some tips.

Thanks for the tips for hiring a heating contractor. We need someone to come and look at our boiler because it’s not functioning properly. I’ll be sure to look online at Yelp and Facebook for reviews, like you said, so that we can hire the best of the best.

My heating has been making some strange howling noises, so I’ve been wanting to get it looked at. It was helpful when you mentioned that one should get several estimates for different contractors and compare them, as it will help you get the best rate for the right amount of work. Thanks for all the great tips on how to hire a heating contractor.

I thought it was interesting how the article talked about checking places like Yelp and Facebook to determine if a contractor is reputable. My wife and I have been looking into replacing our heater because it will be winter in a few months and we have had problems with our heater working in the past. It would be a good idea for us to research different HVAC contractors and pick one who is dependable and efficient.

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