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How to Assess the Qualifications of an HVAC Contractor

Has your HVAC system been running for at least a decade? You might be looking to replace it within the next couple of years. If your HVAC system is newer, on the other hand, you will likely do everything to ensure that it runs well by scheduling periodic maintenance. In any case, sooner or later, you’re going to have to hire an HVAC consultant.

But while you will find a lot of HVAC companies today, they’re not all made equal. You must pick wisely and that you can do only if you are well-informed. There are several factors to take into account before hiring an HVAC service provider, but nothing can be as critical as qualifications.

Come to think of it, your HVAC system is probably the highest-priced equipment there is in your home, and you want a guarantee that anyone who touches it is appropriately trained. In most states, proper licensing is required of contractors in the HVAC industry; to get it, a they need a minimum of five years’ experience in the field before applying for the license.

Additionally, they need a minimal level of insurance and bonding too.

After considering licensing, check your potential contractor’s experience. On its own, longevity doesn’t guarantee that a contractor is a good one, but it does show that they have stability as a business, and that they must be doing something right. On top of that, you can ask them regarding the certifications that HVAC contractors and technicians are expected to have: certification issued by such organizations as the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) work to ensure that a technician is abreast in terms of education and industry experience.

Technician training typically covers various aspects of the industry, especially two of the most crucial: refrigerant handling and air balancing. Check if the technicians have certification for handling refrigerants in the first place. Section 608 of the Clean Air Act dictates that a person without such certification should never be allowed to work with the coolant. Technicians these days also need to be trained in testing and balancing installations with the goal of increasing efficiency and comfort; the National Comfort Institute’s certification in air balancing is considered a training standard that homeowners need to be aware of.

Finally, find out what top brands are carried by your potential contractor, and the extent of training that their workers have for the said brands. Keep in mind that every HVAC system or manufacturer is different, and a reputable contractor will always make sure that their technicians have all the necessary training to optimize installations.

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