How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Raceland02/19/2016 No major decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of deciding on 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 is not something you want to try to DIY. You’ll need to find a contractor that is highly skilled in a number of areas. They will evaluate your home’s load calculation, pull permits to make sure local codes are met, check piping and a whole slew 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 experts at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service have put together some questions to ask to assist you on your quest of finding your ideal HVAC contractor. Do they have references or referrals? Before you work with a company they should be able to give you a list of recent customers that can corroborate the quality of their work. Once you receive that you can call and inquire about their recent HVAC projects, if they are satisfied with the results and if they would choose the company again in the future. Some other sources to check with are the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Finding a contractor on BBB will allow you to see consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that employs the know-how of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that belong to the ACCA are serious about their profession and will happily provide you with referrals. One other option is asking for the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are received from people you know and trust. You’ll probably not only get feedback on what contractors to use, but also who to avoid. If you’re looking for endorsements from your neighbors, nextdoor.com is literally a a social network comprised only of your neighbors. Are they NATE-certified? If your contractor is NATE-certified you can have confidence 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. Before becoming NATE-certified a technician has to pass specialized and real-world tests that were developed by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Almost every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This provides protection for consumers from companies that use less than qualified workers. A simple online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you live in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to avert any issues. When to ask these questions? The best time to locate a quality HVAC contractor is prior to a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s operating properly and get your yearly maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. A relationship built on trust and experience is important to us at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland. Our professionals would be happy to answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 985-537-6795 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.