Finding an experienced, dependable HVAC contractor to work in your home takes a little bit of research. It’s definitely worth your time, because making the wrong choice could leave you with inferior work that costs even more money to fix. Sub-standard work can damage your home or even endanger your family, especially if leaks or electrical problems develop.
To make finding a trustworthy professional here in the Dayton area much easier, use this handy checklist:
- Ask friends, extended family, neighbors or co-workers for referrals.
- Request recent references for similar work. Call the references to find out if the contractor performed well and finished the job on time and on budget. Testimonials are not sufficient.
- Ask the HVAC contractor for state license and insurance information.
- Find out how long have they have been in business. You may be able to research this online by checking out the website.
- Check their reputation in the community. Good indicators are if the contractor is a member of the Better Business Bureau with an “A” rating or recognized by the local Chamber of Commerce or another credible organization.
- Find out if technicians are NATE certified. The North American Technical Excellence industry group tests contractors to verify they are well trained who provides free, itemized estimates.
- Be sure that the HVAC contractor thoroughly inspects your home. He should be able to clearly explain all needed work, offer alternatives and explain any trade-offs.
- All else being equal, choose a company that offers payment offers as well as financing plans if you think you may need one.
- Sign a proposal before the job starts. It should specify budget, specific products to be used, schedule for work phases as well as completion date and warranty information.
The professionals at Detmer and Sons provide all of the above and more. We believe in going the extra mile for our customers. Please visit our website for more information about our services or to contact us.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.