You’ll Certainly Find Them
It is not so difficult to find a competent heating service contractor. Many of these companies are listed on the internet and phone directories, but be sure to ask about their qualifications when you call them for an estimate. Get on the internet and search for “heating service contractors” in your area. Then, look at each of the five or ten that come up until you find one that has credentials, experience, and qualifications that fit what you need to be done. If there is an ad for this company on television or radio then use it as a resource to get telephone numbers for customer references. You can then call previous customers to get more information on the quality of their work before you make your final decision on which company to hire.
You should also ask friends, family, or business associates who have had a heating system installed recently for references. This person may have an idea of whom they used but doesn’t realize that you are looking for someone to do the job. If they give you several names then begin by calling each one to find out if they would recommend the contractor to perform the job. Then check them out against what has been said so far in this article before making your final decision on which one to hire.
And don’t forget about checking out local contractors! Some major manufacturers offer rebates, discounts, and financing when their product is purchased through a contractor’s distributor/dealer/representative. These reps will often be able to quote installation prices. Plus, they will be able to refer you to the appropriate dealer in your area for the installation of their product.
Choosing a Company That Has Been in Business for a Long Time Is Better
When choosing among several service contractors it’s always best to go with one that has been in business for 10 or so years because this shows they are able to provide consistent quality service. With the cost of heating equipment escalating every winter, taking advantage of your service contract will be a huge money saver in the long run.
Warranty Is A Must!
Most service contracts are available with product warranties to show that the contractor backs up their work. If you find a company that doesn’t offer this then look elsewhere! It is simply not worth it. A reputable company will be very clear about what they are offering in their contract, including what is covered under warranty, how long it is good for, and what parts are covered by the agreement. This is an important thing to ask for because most manufacturers only warranty their equipment against defects in materials and/or workmanship for one year. If you’re not sure about any of this then contact the service technician with whom you’re planning to go and ask him or her what’s included in their contract and what things aren’t covered under warranty. Also, find out if there are any repair parts that don’t come with a warranty. Some companies will charge you every time they do a repair on your furnace.
Referrals Play Vital Role
One of the best pieces of advice I can give you when hiring a local contractor or service technician to do work on your home heating system is to ask previous customers about their opinion on the work done – if they would recommend him or her to others! People often feel awkward about giving references but when they are contacted by someone that has already used the contractor, most will be happy to let you know if this is someone they would use again.
Customer references are available in many forms!
* they may give you a copy of their invoice with the service technicians signature on it, or their name and contact information
* they may tell you if they have any problems with the work performed after your job was completed
Referrals are generally the best way to find a qualified heating service contractor. Be sure to get permission from them before calling someone about previous work that was done for them. You don’t want to seem like an intruder asking questions about something they hired another person to do for them.