How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Portland Metro02/19/2016 No big decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of deciding on an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to seek out a contractor that will listen to you and make certain they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a good candidate to be a DIY project. It’s important to find a contractor that is highly skilled in multiple 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 subpar performance from your system. The professionals at Central Air Inc have put together some questions to ask to help you on your pursuit 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 verify the quality of their work. After obtaining that you can call and inquire about their recent HVAC projects, if they are pleased with the results and if they would choose the company again in the future. There are other sources you can look into like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Looking up a contractor on BBB will allow you to see 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 members of ACCA are serious about their profession and will happily provide you with referrals. Another option option is requesting the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are given by people you know and trust. You’ll most likely not only get feedback on what contractors to use, but also who to avoid. If you’re looking for recommendations from your neighbors, nextdoor.com is literally a your neighborhood’s own social media site. Are they NATE-certified? If your contractor is NATE-certified you can have confidence 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. To achieve NATE-certification a technician has to pass specialized and real-world tests that were put together by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Just about every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This helps protect consumers from companies that use unqualified workers. A quick online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you live in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to prevent any issues. When to ask these questions? The best time to find a quality HVAC contractor is prior to a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s operating properly and get your regular maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. Relationships built on trust and experience is important to us at Central Air Inc in Portland Metro. Our professionals will gladly answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 503-656-1908 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.