While most consumers know how important it is to comparison shop when purchasing a new furnace or HVAC system, few realize that it's equally important to research reliable heating servicing companies. Most HVAC systems are created in a factory controlled environment and leave the factory in great condition. It's the service you receive that can vary widely and can mean the difference between a trouble free HVAC system and a system that performs poorly or inefficiently. In this article we'll give you some pointers on how to find a good deal on reliable heating servicing.
Finding a Great HVAC Company For Your Heating Servicing
There are a few ways to find a reliable, reasonably priced heating servicing company. First, ask for referrals from friends, family and coworkers. Then check your furnace – often the HVAC installation company that installed the furnace will put a service sticker on the furnace itself. Try to get a list of 3 to 4 companies that you'd like to compare. Then create a list of questions to ask each company. You want to be sure you're comparing apples to apples when you call for information. Here are a few sample questions to get you started:
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you warranty your service? If so, what is your warranty?
- How long does it take you to respond to service requests? What about emergency service requests?
- Do you have local references that you can provide?
- Do you offer an HVAC maintenance service package? If so, what does it include and how much does it cost?
- Are all your repair staff licensed and bonded?
Find a Service Professional Before You Need Them
It's a good idea to call around and decide on a local HVAC service company before you actually need one. There's nothing worse than having your furnace go out in the middle of winter and then have to spend several hours trying to decide which company to go with. In those kinds of situations it's easy to just go with the first company you call because you just want your heat up and running again. That method however can end up costing a lot more in the long run.
When you Get References, Check Them
If you do get references from a few companies, be sure to call and check them. Ask what kind of service the customer received, if they would call the company again and if they have any advice for you. It may seem like a lot of trouble to go through, but one or two phone calls will give you a great idea of the kind of service you can expect. It's a good way to quickly weed out the companies that give poor service.
If your HVAC system goes out you want a professional on your side who you can trust to do a good job for a fair price. By researching ahead of time and finding a local HVAC professional you'll have the peace of mind that you know who to call if something goes wrong.