Choosing an HVAC Contractor
"I couldn't be more pleased with the recent HVAC system replacement your company performed at my home. ESA's professionalism and attention to detail was evident throughout the entire process—from the initial quote through the actual install."
— S.W., Ellicott City
Many factors go into a decision to modify or replace your heating and cooling system…
- the age and condition of your existing HVAC system
- the size and age of your home;
- existing characteristics such as basements, attics, and insulation;
- specific problems such as uneven air or heat distribution in your home or excessive indoor humidity;
- and personal lifestyle.
The contractor you choose should take the time to visit your home and examine all of these factors. He should then provide you with a detailed, written plan to meet your individual needs.
Recommendations from The Air Conditioning Contractors of America
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America
(ACCA) suggests that consumers also consider the
following items when choosing a contractor:
- Your contractor is properly licensed. In
Maryland, this means having a Master's
"HVACR" license, as well as an electrical
and/or a gas fitter's license. Your
contractor's technicians should all carry an
apprentice or journeyman's HVACR license and
be certified to handle refrigerant.
- Your contractor carries adequate business
and workers compensation insurance. In Howard
County, a performance bond is not a
- Your contractor has adequate technical
and practical experience. Technicians who are
"NATE Certified" have passed rigorous exams
by the North American Technician Alliance to
certify that they have the necessary
mechanical knowledge and expertise to service
heating and cooling systems.
- Your contractor provides you with a
detailed written contract that specifies the
manufacturer and model numbers of the equipment
to be installed, whether the old equipment will
be removed, what the warranty covers, and any applicable
rebates or tax credits.
- Your contractor is willing and able to
provide warranty service.
Be sure that you examine factors such as references, reliability and quality of service in addition to price.
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