How to Choose an AC/Heating Company in Queen Creek AZ
For residents in the Queen Creek AZ and the surrounding area, your heating and cooling systems are one of the most important investments you can make in your home. So when repairing or replacing an air conditioning or heating system in your home, it’s important to carefully consider a few things before you decide who you will hire to do the work. Failure to do your due diligence can result in a costly and time consuming process to correct any mistakes made by a poorly-trained HVAC contractor. Here are a few things to consider when choosing an AC and Heating contractor in Queen Creek AZ.
Are They Licensed, Bonded and Insured?
When it comes to working in the air conditioning and heating industry, there are certain requirements that must be met in terms of skills and training. That’s because heating and cooling systems have many parts which need to be correctly installed (and maintained) in order for these systems to properly function. These parts include gas and electrical components which is why HVAC technicians are also required to have training to safely work with such components.
The state of Arizona requires HVAC contractors to be licensed by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. Additionally, HVAC contractors must have a minimum of four years of experience before they can obtain a CR-39 specialty license for Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.
Requiring that your HVAC contractor be licensed makes it easier for you to disqualify unlicensed contractors who may among those you initially considered.
Get Quotes from at least 3 HVAC Contractors
Buying a new AC and heating system can be expensive, so we recommend that you obtain price quotes from at least 3 different HVAC contractors. A good rule of thumb is not to accept the lowest bid or the highest bid, but the one in the middle. If you obtain more than 3 quotes, chances are you’ll get a cluster of bids that are about the same (usually in the middle range of pricing) with the outlying high price at the one extreme, and the really low-ball quote at the other extreme.
While you may be tempted to choose the lowest price quote, you may want to keep in mind that if seems too good to be true, it probably is. Or that a low-ball price usually means that corners are being cut…i.e. the contractors might be unlicensed; their technicians may lack sufficient level of training and/or they may use inferior products and/or components.
A poorly trained technician may incorrectly size your HVAC system thus creating a situation where it won’t function efficiently. This can result in costing you more money down the road due to problems such as higher energy bills, more frequent servicing and a shortened lifespan of your HVAC system.
Check Reviews and References
Before hiring an AC and heating company in Queen Creek, it’s always recommended that you check out their online reviews. Google reviews seem to be the “go to” reviews that many consumers use when researching a business. Also consider Angie’s List and their BBB rating, if available.
References are another good way to confirm the trustworthiness of an AC contractor. As the HVAC contractor you are considering for 1-2 past customers with whom you can speak about their experience with the AC or heating works done.