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Energy bills are a concern year round especially during the winter and summer months when your heating and cooling systems run more frequently. Saving money is important to almost everyone. When looking to hire a contractor to maintain, repair or replace your heating and air conditioning system, find a reputable contractor.

The best time look for a contractor is when it’s not an emergency. This gives you time to research and find the right fit. Be sure to look for a company that stands by their work and will be around for years to come. Here are some tips for the finding the right industry professional:

  1. Only hire a licensed contractor. Go to http://verify.tn.gov/ to see if your contractor is licensed and insured.
  2. Ask for referrals. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
  3. Check references. Search the Better Business Bureau. the regulatory board websites, and internet to see any complaint history.
  4. Ask for proof of insurance including worker’s compensation insurance. Companies with one employee or more are required by law to carry worker’s compensation insurance.
  5. Get a written estimate. When comparing quotes, be sure to do an apples to apples comparison by reviewing price, energy efficiency, and warranties proposed by the contractors.
  6. Compare not just the price, but value. In this economy it is understandable to think the cheapest price may be the best price but not when it comes to your heating and cooling system. As with most in life, price is usually an indication of quality. HVAC systems are a long term investment in your home comfort. The systems are complex so you want to make sure the company is licensed, insured and have trained technicians and installers.
  7. Educate yourself. Do some research on the types of equipment available, what are the features/options, what’s the efficiency and is it a good fit for your home comfort needs.

Some final thoughts. Just because a heating and cooling company is popular does not always mean they are the right fit for your family or business. Do your homework and check out the HVAC contractor’s credentials and reputation before signing an agreement.

For more information on choosing an heating and air conditioning contractor or to schedule service, contact Fahrenheit Mechanical Systems today at 615-371-8887.

22 Responses to “7 Tips on Hiring a Reputable Heating and Cooling Contractor”

  1. Jeff Madison

    I really appreciated your comment about how even if a company is popular doesn’t always mean they’re the best fit for me. Like you said checking credentials and reputation is really important no matter how large the company is. It seems like doing a bit of research to find a reputable business could save quite a bit of money and hassle!

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  2. Sarah Smith

    My heating broke down a few weeks ago and I’ve been looking to replace it. Thanks for the advice about getting a company that is licenced and has good references. I’ll have to make sure to get a written estimate and educate myself on the type of system I want.

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  3. Alise Harper

    I just moved to a new area and am looking for a heating and cooling contractor. I like how you mention when hiring a contractor is to get written estimates and compare quotes from other contractors. I will definitely do this to find the best one that will fit all my needs. Thanks for the great tips!

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  4. Skylar Williams

    What an interesting point, value is different than price. It’s a principle in this life, you get what you pay for. When it comes to this, it’s no different. HVAC are supposed to last awhile. Your point about it being an investment is spot on. When I starting looking for a system again; I’m definitely going to put more into my purchase.

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  5. Maggie

    I really like your point on comparing the price and value of different HVAC contractors. Like you said, your HVAC system is an investment, so it is important that it is well taken care of. Plus, when you compare the actual value of different contractors, you can see which ones offer all of the services that you might need. After all, you don’t want to hire a someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with a specific service that you need.

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  6. Gregory Willard

    This article has been very helpful for choosing a heating and cooling contractor. I really like that you say to check references to see any complaint history. I would want to work with a company that has low amounts of complaints, and proof of their good work.

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  7. Olivia Nelson

    I appreciate your advice on getting written estimates for an HVAC contractor before you compare between different services. I would imagine that having an actual estimate on how much you will pay would be helpful in finding out who to hire. My air conditioning has been having trouble cooling recently so I’ll have to remember to get an estimate for the cost of repair before I hire someone.

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  8. Ben Proctor

    The tips you give can be very helpful to those who have not had to look for an HVAC contractor. I agree that it not always about finding the cheapest price but finding the best value. With air conditioning and heating, there is no reason to just hope that you will get a good contractor. I personally will look at other people’s reviews of how the contractor is so that I find someone I know will do a great job.

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  9. Shad Morris

    I love that you say to get written estimates from different contractors! It would be nice to have everything in writing when you are looking at the different people that you could work with. Since we are looking into hiring someone to help us out, we will have to try that out.

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  10. Olivia Nelson

    I agree that you would want to ask for proof of insurance when looking for a heating and cooling contractor. I would imagine that insurance could help ensure that you are finding an experienced company. I would also imagine that it would be good to have insurance in case any type of accident goes wrong.

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  11. Jasper Whiteside

    My wife and I have been looking for a new heater. I am afraid that we missed an opportunity to find one at a good price in the off season. I am grateful for the article’s reassurance that we should consider not just the price, but the value. This could prevent us having to replace another heater in the near future.

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  12. john Mahoney

    Thanks for the tips on finding the best people to handle your heating and AC systems. I agree that friends can be a great source when it comes to asking for referrals. I will make sure to ask around if anyone knows of good companies, it might save me from poor services.

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  13. Joy Butler

    It is very true that comparing the value and quality of heating/cooling contractors should be a major consideration, and should be closely examined. I have had a history of seeing value from cheap pricing in the past that has let me down. I am happy that this emphasized that because lining up a time to have my air conditioning serviced is something I want to do right the first time.

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  14. Troy Blackburn

    I really like the tip you gave about getting a written estimate. Like you said, you’ve got to do an “apples to apples” comparison as you make your choice. I’ve heard that some companies have a policy that once they give you a quote in writing, it can be changed. Could be comforting knowing that the price won’t go up! I’ll have to keep these tips in mind as I go about trying to choose an HVAC company.

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  15. Dennis Sanchez

    My mother’s heating system just shut off the other day, and she hasn’t been able to get it running again. You wrote that when you are choosing a contractor, you should ask friends, neighbors, and family who they have hired for heating repairs. My mother has quite a few close friends in the neighborhood, so I’ll have to ask them who they used. Thanks for the tips.

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  16. Jay Jorgenson

    I couldn’t agree more with the point that talks about hiring a licensed contractor. This makes a whole lot of sense to me especially since if your heating contractor is unlicensed that could be a bad situation. My friend is looking for advice to find a great HVAC contractor and so I will pass him this information.

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  17. Jenna Hunter

    While watching my sister’s kids when she was working 3 weeks ago the air conditioner stopped working. It was neat to read that one should do some research on the types of equipment available. I am so expert when it come to knowing the latest and greatest. When I need it fixed I will be sure to talk with an expert about which system to get!

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  18. Scott

    I will be needing to have a cooling contractor come to my house to look at my house before summer gets here. Last year my wife and I noticed that it wasn’t working properly, but thankfully it was getting cooler outside by the time it was happening. I appreciate your tip on asking for referrals. I’ll have to ask my neighbors and close friends who they have used and would recommend.

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  19. Jade Brunet

    Checking references sounds like a great idea when it comes to finding an HVAC contractor. It would be beneficial to see what past clients have to say about their work. Something else to think about would be to find a contractor with quality equipment to enhance the quality of the performed work.

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  20. Kyle Winters

    I like that you encourage comparing the value as well as the price. After all, if you go too cheap you may get service that is sub-par. You want to make sure that you find a fine balance between price and service when selecting a contractor.

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  21. Rachel Lannister

    Thanks for the terrific tips. I was thinking that I should probably find an HVAC contractor, because you never know when your system may need repairs and I would rather not live in a super cold home. You wrote that you shouldn’t compare costs, but the value of their services. With a good value you’ll get both high quality services, and decent pricing.

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  22. Jade Brunet

    Getting a written estimate sounds like a smart thing to do when selecting an HVAC contractor. It would be good to have the professional conduct a thorough analysis of your system. Getting bids from several contractors would be a good idea to find someone who can get the job done for a price within your budget.

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