Finding a Good Heating & Cooling Contractor

Finding a Good Contractor

Spring is finally in the air. Making sure your air-conditioning system is ready for the hottest summer days now can save you from the hassle and expense of having to repair it later. By having regular maintenance performed by a reputable heating & cooling contractor, you can save both time and money.

It used to be that anyone mechanically inclined could install or repair an air conditioner. With today’s advanced technology and specialized heating & cooling systems, unfortunately, that is no longer the case. These days, if your air conditioner breaks down you need a licensed heating and cooling contractor who has the proper equipment and, perhaps most important, years of knowledge and experience.

With any home project or repair, you want the job done right the first time. What you don’t want, however, is to find yourself legally responsible—or bankrupt—if damage or an injury occurs on your property because the contractor isn’t properly insured. Asking the right questions can not only help you determine if a heating and cooling contractor is qualified, but also if they’re responsible or not. Below are some important things to ask when speaking with a heating & cooling contractor:

Are you licensed, insured and bonded?

Heating and cooling contractors should be licensed by the state in which they are doing work. Proper insurance, including workers compensation, and being bonded to insure against damages to your home and property are also a must.

Do you have an EPA license?

An EPA license is different from a state license and is required to make sure refrigerants are being recovered and recycled or disposed of properly. If a heating and cooling contractor is handling refrigerants, they must do so according to the rules and regulations in Section 608 of the Clean Air Act.

What type of recovery system do you use?

A knowledgeable and experienced heating and cooling contractor uses a recovery machine to reclaim any refrigerant removed from the system. If they don’t, it may be an indicator they’re not licensed or have the proper certification.

Do you have references?

Don’t hesitate to ask for references. Reputable heating and cooling contractors should have no qualms about providing a list of satisfied customers who will vouch for their workmanship and customer service.

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Serving Metro Detroit since 1983, our goal at Accu-Temp Heating & Cooling is to provide comfort you can feel from a family company you can trust. Give us a call today at 586-598-2828.