Ensuring Your Pick a Good Heating Contractor

Ensuring Your Pick a Good Heating ContractorWhat do you need to know about a prospective heating contractor to make sure you get reliable professional service? To perform HVAC work here in Terre Haute, local laws require a contractor to hold a general contractor’s license including bonding and proof of insurance, as well as meeting certain certification requirements specific to HVAC. That’s a good start. Because installing or servicing heating and cooling equipment involves critical safety issues and specialized expertise, you should always feel free to inquire about the license status of any individual presenting themselves as a contractor.

Once you know you’re dealing with a valid licensed heating contractor, here are some other qualities to look for:

Verifiable Track Record

Any contractor is business for an acceptable period of time should be able to provide local references for previous jobs completed. Contact a few of these and ask about the quality of work in installation or repair as well as their general satisfaction with the contractor’s overall performance.

Permanent Presence in the Community

An established professional contractor should have a permanent local business address with an office and shop, service trucks that bear the company logo and a familiar company name that you might recognize from advertising.

Follows Accepted Industry Practices

An experienced HVAC contractor will never sell or install a furnace without first performing the necessary heating load calculations to make an accurate BTU sizing determination. If shortcuts are offered, instead—rule-of-thumb guesstimates or sizing based on similar houses elsewhere—consider that a red flag that the individual lacks the training and expertise to do a professional job.

Provides Written Estimates and Contracts

You should get an itemized breakdown of costs involved including all equipment and labor on printed forms bearing the company name. The contract should include information about permits, insurance and a firm deadline date for completion of the work.

A licensed, certified heating contractor and a fixture in the local community, since 1922 Paitson Bros. has been your go-to source for HVAC sales, installation and service.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC contractors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859. 

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