How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Pacheco02/19/2016 No big decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of choosing an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to secure a contractor that will listen to you and make sure they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a good candidate to be a DIY project. It’s important to secure a contractor that is highly skilled in many areas. They will figure out your home’s load calculation, pull permits to guarantee local codes are met, check piping and a bunch of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system doesn’t get a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get mediocre performance from your system. The team at Clean Air HVAC have put together some questions to ask to guide you on your pursuit of finding your ideal HVAC contractor. Do they have references or referrals? When deciding to work with a company they should be able to provide you with a list of recent customers that can verify the quality of their work. Once you receive that you can call and inquire about their recent HVAC projects, if they are pleased with the results and if they would hire the company again in the future. You can also check with sources like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Looking up a contractor on BBB will allow you to look through consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that utilizes the know-how of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that are members of ACCA are serious about their profession and will gladly provide you with referrals. One other option is enlisting the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are given by people you know and trust. You’ll most likely not only get feedback on what contractors to use, but also who to avoid. If you’re looking for recommendations from your neighbors, nextdoor.com is literally a your neighborhood’s own social media site. Are they NATE-certified? If your contractor is NATE-certified you can guarantee that you’re getting a contractor that meets the highest standards in installation and service. NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is a non-profit organization for HVAC technicians. In order to become NATE-certified a technician has to pass specialized and real-world tests that were created by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Just about every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This assists in protecting consumers from companies that use less than qualified workers. A quick online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you are living in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to prevent any issues. When to ask these questions? The ideal time to find a quality HVAC contractor is before anything breaks down. If you get your system checked when it’s running properly and get your regular maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. A relationship built on trust and experience is important to us at Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco. Our professionals would be happy to answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 925-689-7017 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.