How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Wyandotte02/19/2016 No important decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of choosing an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to secure a contractor that will listen to you and ensure 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 work out your home’s load calculation, pull permits to ensure local codes are met, check piping and plenty 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 subpar performance from your system. The team at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning have put together some questions to ask to help you on your journey 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 verify the quality of their work. Once you receive that you can call and find out about their recent HVAC projects, if they are satisfied with the results and if they would work with the company again in the future. There are other sources you can look into like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Looking up 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 utilizes 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. Another option option is enlisting the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are coming from people you know and trust. In most cases you’ll not only get feedback on what contractors to use, but also who to avoid. If you’re looking for suggestions from your neighbors, nextdoor.com is literally a your neighborhood’s own social media site. Are they NATE-certified? If your contractor is NATE-certified you can trust 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. In order to become 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? Just about every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This helps protect consumers from companies that use inexperienced workers. A quick online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you reside 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 perfect time to locate a quality HVAC contractor is prior to a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s running properly and get your regular maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. Building a relationship based on trust and experience is important to us at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte. Our professionals will happily answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 734-284-1224 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.