Whenever you trust someone to do work on your home, you take a leap of faith. You have to hope that you have found a good contractor who knows what he or she is doing and who charges you a fair price. It can be difficult to find a person who fits the bill, especially in a highly specialized area like furnace installation or repair. Fortunately, by doing a little bit of research and learning some key traits and factors to look for, you can find a professional that will do a great job in your home.
When you are looking for a furnace installation contractor, here are a few factors to watch out for to find a good installer for your home:
• NATE certification. NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. NATE certification means that your contractor has passed testing and has demonstrated that he is qualified and knowledgeable in the HVAC field and in the field of furnace installation.
• Reasonable prices. Your contractor should provide you with an estimate for what the work costs before getting started. This estimate should be reasonable in light of the scope of the work performed. If a contractor won’t give you a price estimate or if the price estimate is too high, this should send up red flags that indicate that the contractor may not be as honest as you’d hope. You don’t know reasonable pricing unless you get 3 bids. The lowest isn’t always the best however. Go with the company that you are the most comfortable and give you the best value. A reputable company won’t ask for up front money. Go with a contractor that you can pay after the work is completed.
• Timely service. Your furnace installer should get back to your phone call in a timely manner and should be able to schedule installation and service in a timely manner. You don’t want a contractor who is not communicative or not responsive to your needs or who doesn’t show up when he or she says he will.
• A guarantee. You always want to make sure that there is a 100 percent guarantee on work performed. A company or contractor who guarantees his work takes pride in the work, is confident that the job will be well done, and stands behind the work performed. A guarantee provides you with protection in case something goes wrong and with assurances that the work will be acceptable in your home.
• An established reputation. You want to use a contractor or company that has been in business for a long time. A company that has been around for a long time and that has established a reputation is not going to disappear when you have a problem. A company that has been around for a long time obviously must be doing something right or they wouldn’t stay in business.
• No pressure. You don’t want to be hit with a hard sales pitch- you want someone who gives you an estimate, explains the work that can be performed and lets his reputation and skills speak for themselves.
If you take the time to consider these criteria when you are finding a contractor or company to install your furnace, you can find the right person for your job.