Are you having problems with your heating or cooling system? If so, it may be time to call a professional. For many homeowners, trying to find a reliable heating and cooling technicians can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. At VP&L Heating and Cooling, we value clients who aren’t afraid to ask questions. Here are some questions you should always ask a contractor before letting them work in your home.
Are you licensed?
All Michigan HVAC companies need to have a Michigan Mechanical Contractor License. Additional licenses may be required depending on your city’s legislature. The license is proof that the contractor is qualified to properly repair and maintain heating and cooling systems. You can check out if a company is properly licensed through Michigan’s website for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Are your technicians NATE-certified?
NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. If an HVAC professional is NATE-certified, it means that they have passed special testing to prove their expertise with heating and cooling systems. NATE-certified technicians will have an ID, which you can confirm with this helpful.
Do you offer a service agreement plan?
Service agreement plans can save you money over the long run. Through proper maintenance, we can help your heating or cooling system last for years to come. If one of our HVAC technicians spots a problem during a routine checkup, we can fix it immediately before it turns into a costly repair. Tuning up your HVAC system every year can also increase its efficiency, saving you money!
Do you have experience with my HVAC system?
The vast majority of heating and cooling contractors are experienced with hot water boilers and traditional air conditioners. However, if your home is heated and cooled by a more uncommon method, such as geothermal heat pumps, you will want to find a contractor with the experience to match.
What brands do you offer?
If you have a specific brand in mind for your next heating and cooling system, you’ll want a contractor who specializes in that product line. Even if you don’t plan on replacing your HVAC system anytime soon, you’ll still want to pick a company that is familiar with your home’s brand of heating and cooling units.
If you are still searching for a heating and cooling system contractor, feel free to ask friends and family what companies have worked best for them. Many of our clients have found us through referrals from the people they trust. Alternatively, websites such as HomeAdvisor can help you find a HVAC contractor . If you’re worried about being able to make informed consumer decisions, Angie’s List is a great online resource for homeowners.
If you would like to ask us any questions, feel free to call our Grand Rapids heating and cooling technicians at (616) 531-4676. At VP&L Heating and Cooling, we are always concerned with making sure our clients are informed before starting a relationship with us.