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Educational Consumer Tips

Heating Contractors

Author: Better Business Bureau
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Category: Home Improvement

It is crucial for a heating contractor to be reliable and have expertise about maintenance and service.  Due to the complexity of heating systems, the contractor must be a qualified professional. By doing your homework you can hire someone that knows the facts about saving money and energy. Use these helpful tips when you are in need of a heating contractor.

Tips for Hiring a Heating Contractor:

Do Your Research.  Before calling a heating contractor, find out what model system you own and the maintenance history for the system. Understand the license and insurance requirements for the heating contractors in your specific state. Make sure the contractor meets all the requirements.

Ask Around.  Ask trusted family members and friends for recommendations. Check out reliable heating contractors at bbb.org and make sure they are accredited.  

Check References.  Ask the heating contractor for a list of references that you may contact. Ask a few of the references about their experience with the contractor. Make sure the heating contractor was able to complete the job in the scheduled time frame and the final cost was within the budget.

Look at HVAC Manufacturers.  Make sure the heating contractor is an approved, authorized dealer by the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) manufacturers.  If they are approved it means they meet the requirements and the manufacturers trust them to install and represent their products.

Get an Itemized Estimate in Writing.  The heating contractor should take time to thoroughly inspect the heating system and your home. Look at cost, energy efficiency and warranty when comparing the estimates of the heating contractors. Do not always jump to the lowest estimate because it could cost you a higher energy fee in the future.  

Carefully Review the Contract.  The contract should include the start and completion dates, project costs, model numbers, payment schedule, and warranty information. Do not sign anything you do not understand or is not complete.  

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