It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—maybe because there’s a bit of snow on the ground or perhaps because your heating bill is slowly creeping higher. When the temperatures drop, everyone’s eyes turn to their gas bill.
If you feel like your utilities are higher than last year, or your HVAC system has started acting up, it’s a good time to call in the professionals. Some problems require specified techs, whereas some companies will offer faster service if you’re experiencing an emergency. So before you decide on your HVAC technician, read over these four tips:
Why Do You Need a Technician?
To work with the right person, figure out exactly what you need the technician for. Some companies can offer specialized services like boiler repair or ductwork cleaning. Others may specialize in the overall maintenance and upkeep of your system.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some common HVAC problems; these will give you a good idea of how to describe your problem:
- Your system is working very loudly, or you’re hearing strange noises coming from the ductwork.
- The air coming out of your vents isn’t as hot or cold as it used to be.
- You’ve noticed that your utility bill has been consistently higher than usual.
Check Their Licensing
You want to work with an HVAC technician who has experience, certifications, and proven results. Ask about their qualifications and if they’re licensed or insured—these credentials ensure that you’ll be able to get your money back in case something goes wrong.
Find out which types of systems they’ve worked with. Some techs specialize in residential or commercial systems, while others have expertise across different types of HVAC setups. Most technicians will have this information posted on their website but if they don’t, or they don’t have a website, be sure to ask over the phone or in an email.
When you’re short on time or don’t feel like calling different companies to ask the same questions, check online reviews. Don’t just look at their star rating; go into the details and read over what past customers have said about them.
Ask around for recommendations from your family, friends, and coworkers. Pay special attention to recent reviews so that you’re not working with a technician who’s fallen out of practice.
Receive a Quote Before Agreeing to Anything
This is especially important if you’re dealing with a company that’s remotely located or comes highly recommended. Get an estimated quote for the work you need done and find out how long it’ll take them to complete the task. Usually, companies will offer service coupons and discounts in winter months so don’t be afraid to look around for a deal.
With these tips in mind, you’ll have no trouble finding an HVAC technician who will keep your house warm all winter long.
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No matter what type of HVAC problem you’re experiencing, we’re licensed to take care of it all. Call us today or set up an appointment online to see if we’d be a good fit as your HVAC technician.