Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) service is an integral part of any home to ensure that you and your family remain comfortable in all seasons. In addition, HVAC systems help protect your home from damage that can be caused by excessive humidity, such as wood rot and mold growth. If your system is not working or is functioning inefficiently, you will need to hire an HVAC contractor, but it is necessary to perform some research to find one who is qualified, honest and reliable.
Experienced and Licensed HVAC Contractors
The first step in hiring a heating and cooling contractor is to check his or her qualifications, experience and credentials. Georgia requires all HVAC contractors to have four to five years of experience, complete a state-approved course in heat loss, heat gain and duct design and pass a state examination. This ensures that contractors understand how to diagnose, repair and install all of the equipment properly and safely, and it prevents potentially dangerous incompetence in the industry.
To check a contractor’s licensing status, first ask the contractor or a representative for his or her information. After the license number is obtained, you can reference this against the online database maintained by the Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board. In addition, if water lines must be connected to the HVAC system, the contractor may be required to carry a separate plumbing license.
Questions for Contractors
After verifying the contractor’s credentials, it is helpful to ask a few pertinent questions before making the final decision to hire the contractor or signing any contracts.
- Are you bonded and insured? Contractors operating in the state of Georgia must be bonded and insured to protect consumers and other clients from any accidents, injuries and property damage that may occur during the course of the work they perform.
- Do you have any references? It is always a good idea to ask contractors for references from clients they have recently serviced. After the contractor gives you a list of references, it is suggested to call at least three of them to inquire about their satisfaction with the work.
- Do you provide free estimates? A reliable contractor will be able to give you an accurate estimate for the work that is to be done, and any overages should be reported to you beforehand. In addition, payment terms should be clearly explained before hiring the contractor.
- What brands do you carry? Always ask about the brands of HVAC systems the contractor sells and which brands he or she is experienced in repairing and installing.
- Do you offer any warranties? Contractors who know what they are doing are not afraid to offer generous warranties.
LaGrange, Georgia, Contractors
If you live in LaGrange, Georgia, or the surrounding area, Airforce Heating and Air provides residential and commercial HVAC services of the highest quality. Contact the experienced professionals at Airforce Heating and Air for further information, or use the convenient online form to make an appointment.