Choosing a DFW HVAC contractor can be difficult. But whether you need preventive maintenance on your cooling or heating equipment or you’re in the market for a new system, you want a high level of expertise. You also want a contractor who is honest and reliable as well. These nine tips will help you choose the best contractor for your DFW HVAC needs.
- Ask around. Friends and family are always happy to recommend a contractor who did a good job for them. You can also contact local HVAC trade organizations for a list of reputable contractors in the area.
- Ask the contractor for references. Contact the references about punctuality, reliability, skill and whether the final cost of service was close to the estimate.
- Ask the contractor whether technicians are certified by North American Technician Excellence, or NATE, a nonprofit organization committed to excellence in service and knowledge. NATE-certified technicians have passed rigorous tests to demonstrate a high level of skill and expertise.
- Find out whether the contractor currently has any special offers. You can save a considerable amount of money by taking advantage of rebates and installation, service and maintenance specials. Also ask about tax incentives on new equipment.
- Know the insurance and licensing requirements in Texas and ask the contractor for documentation regarding insurance, bonding and licensing.
- Find out whether the contractor will perform a comprehensive home evaluation in the event you’re considering a new equipment purchase. Your contractor should inspect your ductwork, home insulation, windows and other air leak sources and properly size your home for the new unit.
- Get written estimates from each contractor on your list. Compare contractors by looking at price, service, warranties and the energy efficiency of new equipment. You may save more money by hiring a pricier contractor who offers better warranties and maintenance packages.
- Ask for a written proposal to sign before work begins. It should include model numbers, warranties, price and the time frame of the project.
- Make sure you’re given copies of warranties and manuals for a new purchase. If you’ve hired a contractor for service or maintenance, ask for an itemized list of the work performed and the current condition of the equipment.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about hiring a DFW contractor and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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