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3 Things to Look For When Hiring an HVAC Contractor

Climate control represents a major investment in your home, and to safeguard that investment, you’ll need a reliable HVAC contractor to install, repair and maintain your systems. Here are three ways to make sure you’re working with a trustworthy, highly skilled industry professionals.

Factory Authorization

If you’re shopping for a new system, you simply can’t go wrong with a Carrier or Bryant factory authorized dealer. These HVAC contractors specialize in one brand, so they know the manufacturer’s specifications and know how to make sure every system the install meets or exceeds those standards. Moreover, they can recommend the right system for your home and size it properly to suit your climate control needs.

Even if you just need maintenance on a non-Carrier or Bryant system, though, factory authorized dealers are some of the best choices around. When you hire a factory authorized dealer, you can rest assured that they’ve been through an extensive vetting process and have a proven track record of customer satisfaction.

NATE Certification

Just as factory authorization shows you that an HVAC company as a whole is committed to excellent service, so does NATE certification give you that assurance for individual technician. NATE certification is the most highly regarded credential in the industry, and every technician who holds it has been through extensive faculty training and rigorous testing. In order to maintain their certification, NATE-certified technicians have to stay abreast of the latest developments in the HVAC industry and past frequent re-tests, so you can rest assured that your technician will use the latest techniques and best practices.

One of the great benefits of hiring a factory authorized dealer is that NATE certification is built-in; in order to earn factory authorization, HVAC contractors need to employ a certain percentage of NATE-certified contractors. Moreover, authorized dealers are generally very good about keeping their technicians up to date through on-the-job training and professional development seminars.

Commitment to Excellent Service

Factory authorization and NATE certification are great benchmarks to judge quality of service, but the best contractors go above and beyond those standards to prove that they’re serious about providing great service. Try stopping by your contractor’s place of business; the very existence of an office shows that they’re in business for the long term, and if it’s clean and well-maintained, that says something positive about their business operations as well.

Moreover, it’s best to look for unbiased third-party opinions to get a real sense of each contractor’s quality of work. Look for accreditation and high ratings from the Better Business Bureau and for good reviews on websites such as Angie’s List. Above all, seek out referrals from friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. If someone you know has had a good experience with a contractor, odds are good that you will, too.

At Luquire Heating, Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we have decades of experience providing heating and cooling installation, maintenance and repair throughout the Montgomery area. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk about ways to keep your family cool.

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