How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Saint Louis02/19/2016 No big 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 make sure 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 a number of areas. They will figure out your home’s load calculation, pull permits to ensure local codes are met, check piping and a whole slew of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system doesn’t receive a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get mediocre performance from your system. The experts at Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating have put together some questions to ask to guide 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 authenticate the quality of their work. After obtaining that you can call and ask them about their recent HVAC projects, if they are pleased with the results and if they would work with 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. Looking up a contractor on BBB will allow you to look through consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that utilizes the know-how of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that are a part of ACCA are serious about their profession and will happily provide you with referrals. One other option is asking for the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are received from people you know and trust. You’ll probably not only get feedback on what contractors to use, but also who to avoid. If you’re looking for suggestions 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. In order to become NATE-certified 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? Almost all states require licensure for HVAC contractors. This provides protection for 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 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 perfect time to secure a quality HVAC contractor is before you experience a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s functioning properly and get your annual maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. Building a relationship based on trust and experience is important to us at Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating in Saint Louis. Our professionals would be happy to answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 314-961-0875 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.