When you want a new heating system or need repair work done, you can’t afford to deal with shoddy workmanship. Here are the top five things to look for when hiring a heating contractor in today’s world.
The Best Heating Contractor Will Have a Solid Reputation
A good heating contractor will generally have a solid reputation. In 2022, the majority of experienced contractors have at least a minimal online presence with some customer reviews or ratings, so you may want to check those reviews and see what other people have to say. If most of the contractor’s previous customers had a good experience, you probably will too.
One of the best ways to find a great heating contractor is to ask your friends and neighbors for referrals. If someone in your area recently hired a heating contractor, they may be able to give you a good recommendation.
If you are hiring a heating contractor for a major job, such as purchasing and installing a whole new HVAC system, we recommend asking each contractor you are considering for references. Call at least three of the contractor’s references and ask if they completed the job successfully, on time, and on budget before you make your final hiring decision.
Heating Installation and Repair Experience
When you’re messing with sensitive, potentially dangerous HVAC components, you don’t want to hire an amateur. You need someone who can identify any potential problems and keep everyone safe while working with electrical components or gas lines. Ideally, you should try to hire a heating contractor who has years of experience working with HVAC systems.
An experienced heating contractor is not only more likely to be able to properly install or repair your HVAC system, but also more likely to know about any common problems with different brands or models. They will be able to give you a heads up about potential issues with your new heating system and tell you which systems work best in your climate.
Reach out to our team today if you are looking for a highly experienced heating contractor in East King or Snohomish county.
Multiple Furnace and Heat Pump Choices
If you’re purchasing a new heating system, you want to have multiple options.
Your best bet is to hire a heating contractor who offers multiple furnace and heat pump models. That way, the contractor can honestly compare the pros and cons of each option and help you find the best fit for your home.
A Good Heating Contractor Will Have the Proper Licensing and Certification
Heating contractors work with fairly complex systems, and there are some safety risks inherent in the work. You don’t want to hire someone who doesn’t meet the minimum state or local requirements to do the work, for both safety and legal reasons.
Many U.S. states and local governments require contractors to have a professional license and/or certifications. In Washington State, there is no specific HVAC license, but heating contractors are required to have an electrical license, contractor license, and meet certain training requirements.
Before you hire a heating contractor, make sure they have whatever licenses or certifications are required in your area. A fully trained, legitimate HVAC contractor will typically have language like “certified” or “licensed” somewhere on the about or home page of their website. If you do not see any language to indicate that the contractor meets licensing or certification requirements, you may want to hire someone else.
Fast Response Times
No one wants to go without heating for long. While it may be challenging to find someone who can start a project right away, it’s worth putting in a little extra effort to find out how quickly the contractor can get to your project and how soon they can complete it after they start.
Before hiring a contractor, ask them how quickly they could start and finish your project. You should also check in with references about how long their projects took and whether the contractor was responsive to them.
Need a Heating Contractor in Snohomish or East King County?
Paragon Heating and Home Comfort Solutions can help with all your furnace, heat pump or air conditioning needs. Our team of highly experienced, trained, and certified heating technicians is dedicated to providing the best customer service and workmanship around.
Reach out to us today if you need HVAC repairs or are ready to purchase a fantastic new heating system.