How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Carlsbad02/19/2016 No big decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of deciding on an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to secure a contractor that will listen to you and make certain they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a project you want to attempt to DIY. It’s important to secure a contractor that is highly skilled in multiple areas. They will evaluate your home’s load calculation, pull permits to guarantee local codes are met, check piping and a bunch of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system doesn’t get a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get inferior performance from your system. The experts at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services have put together some questions to ask to help you on your journey of finding your ideal HVAC contractor. Do they have references or referrals? When deciding to work with a company they should be able to furnish you with a list of recent customers that can corroborate the quality of their work. After obtaining that you can call and find out about their recent HVAC projects, if they are satisfied with the results and if they would choose the company again in the future. You can also check with sources like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Searching a contractor on BBB will allow you to see consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that enlists the expertise of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that are members of ACCA are serious about their profession and will gladly provide you with referrals. One other option is requesting the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are coming from people you know and trust. In most cases you’ll not only get feedback on what contractors to use, but also who to avoid. If you’re looking for recommendations from your neighbors, nextdoor.com is literally a your neighborhood’s own social media site. Are they NATE-certified? If your contractor is NATE-certified you can have confidence that you’re getting a contractor that meets the highest standards in installation and service. NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is a non-profit organization for HVAC technicians. To achieve NATE-certification a technician has to pass specialized and real-world tests that were created by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Just about every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This provides protection for consumers from companies that use less than qualified workers. A short online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you reside in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to avoid any issues. When to ask these questions? The ideal time to secure a quality HVAC contractor is prior to a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s running properly and get your yearly maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. Building a relationship based on trust and experience is important to us at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Carlsbad. Our professionals will gladly answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 575-887-7777 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.