Friday, April 24, 2015

How To Choose An Air Conditioning Contractor by Christine ...

by: Christine Loxley

Looking for a good air conditioning contractor? First rule is: take your time! It will take some time and research to find a good air conditioning contractor, but it will be worth it. You want your contractor to be knowledgeable enough to offer a good range of products to choose from... and be able to answer any of your questions fully and professionally.

The majority of air conditioning manufacturers offer a range of products, and many of the manufacturers build their parts with the same parts, so get at least three quotes from similar contractors. Beware of bids that are too low, because those dollars are likely to be cut out somewhere, maybe with bad installation or design.

Of course, there are many air conditioning contractors out there who claim to do the best job, but only a few are actually skilled in the profession. Research the local market and get a good idea of the different products that are out there. Discuss it with your neighbors and friends and see if they can recommend anyone, but then follow it up by doing your own investigating.

Most importantly, find out how long they've been in business and get references. Then, compare the contractors' quotes for capacity and quality equipment. Also, know what kind of air conditioning you want before you sign a deal with any contractor. Sounds obvious, but if you have a clear idea of what's available and what you want, you're in a much stronger bargaining position with the contractor.

Some things to think about when seeking out a contractor is whether you choose a smaller or larger business. Smaller contractors often charge less for labor and will fix your unit at a minimal cost, while larger companies tend to have more employees on staff and often work 24 hours a day. Finally, think about after the air conditioner is installed.

After you've made your choice, you want to be sure to get a signed contract and warranty statement in order to see that what needs to be done is completed. Then, ask for a completed start-up report after the unit is installed. Most manufacturers provide a commissioning check list with that important equipment information.

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