How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in South Beloit and Belvidere02/19/2016 No major decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of choosing an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to find a contractor that will listen to you and ensure they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a good candidate to be a DIY project. It’s important to find a contractor that is highly skilled in many areas. They will evaluate your home’s load calculation, pull permits to make sure 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 Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. 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? If you’re looking to work with a company they should be able to furnish you with a list of recent customers that can authenticate the quality of their work. From there you can call and find out about their recent HVAC projects, if they are happy with the results and if they would hire the company again in the future. Some other sources to check with are the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Looking up a contractor on BBB will allow you to read through consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that employs the expertise of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that belong to the ACCA are serious about their profession and will enthusiastically provide you with referrals. An additional option is asking for the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are given by people you know and trust. You’ll most likely 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 a social network comprised only of your neighbors. Are they NATE-certified? If your contractor is NATE-certified you can guarantee 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 assists in protecting consumers from companies that use less than qualified workers. A quick online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you are living 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 perfect time to secure a quality HVAC contractor is before you experience a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s operating properly and get your regular maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. A relationship built on trust and experience is important to us at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere. Our professionals would be happy to answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 877-389-2465 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.