Your HVAC system is one of the most complex assets in your home. It requires regular maintenance every year, repairs (if necessary) and should be kept in good condition in order to keep it performing at its best. Whether you need something installed, serviced or repaired, you need to make sure that you know these things before hiring an HVAC contractor:
1. The Background of the Contractor
Before you hire an HVAC contractor in Toronto, you should know how much experience they have and what their repair or service expertise are. You need to ask yourself some questions; i.e. does the contractor has a valid license to perform service and repairs? Does he/she have a physical repair shop? Is the contractor appreciated by customers? Have the services rendered to date been satisfactory? Doing a bit of research will help you narrow down a list of one the best contractors to hire.
2. Reviews about the Contractor
There are two ways to get reviews or opinions on your prospective contractor. Either talk to your neighbours and ask their opinion about the contractor’s services or read reviews online and make sure that these reviews are written by actual customers. If there are no contact details for those customers, you can ask the contractor or website administrator to provide contact details
You can confirm the authenticity of a review through by running a quick check on the reviewer. However, we still suggest that you take the word of your neighbours before blindly trusting online reviews.
3. Be Wary of Online Contractor Brokers
While it seems a lot easier to pay a broker to find the best HVAC contractors for you, we do not recommend hiring these so-called online HVAC contractor brokers. They not only make money off you, but also from the contractors by giving them leads; people such as yourself who need service and maintenance. Established HVAC contractors don’t rely on such brokers and contractors approaching you through these online brokers should be generally avoided.
4. Know What You Need to Discuss
Once you have chosen a specific HVAC contractor, you should know what you want to discuss to help the contractor sort out problems easily. Even though it is their job to perform a routine checkup to sort out any issues, having a “problem history” or list of symptoms ready at hand may enable your contractor to do his job more effectively. It can also save time.
Take these factors into account and you’re well on your way to hiring an HVAC contractor who is worth your hard-earned money and performs his job to the best of his abilities.