A new AC unit is a substantial investment and one that should be made after careful consideration. You don’t want to be without air (or heat), but you also don’t want to spend money on a new system that isn’t the right fit for the size of your home, your lifestyle or your budget! A good AC installer takes the time to answer your questions before trying to make a sale. If he or she doesn’t, move on. Here are a few more red flags to watch for when choosing an AC installer so you can avoid a potential mistake:
A Deal That Seems Too Good to Be True
Saving money is often a priority for homeowners, especially when faced with having to buy an expensive necessity (like an HVAC system). But simply choosing to work with the cheapest AC installer you can find isn’t usually a smart choice. Oftentimes, AC installers advertising significantly lower prices for their products and services aren’t really providing quality materials or a comprehensive installation. Sure, you might save a few bucks upfront, but you’ll likely pay even more later on as sub-par equipment and installation work force you to cover more maintenance calls and more repairs over the duration of the HVAC system’s life.
No Certification and No Insurance
Not all states require licensure to be an AC installer. Nevertheless, you need to confirm that any potential AC installer you hire has the proper training and experience to correctly install and service AC units. Likewise, he or she needs to be insured. Insurance protects both you and the AC installer, covering unexpected expenses should an injury or other problem arise during the installation process. If you’re talking with an AC installer who can’t produce the necessary documentation to prove he or she has appropriate credentials and can’t offer you assurance of your indemnity from possible liabilities, then search for someone else with whom you can partner.
Inconvenient Scheduling Options
You should also be wary of AC installers with long lead times to secure the unit you need (or want) or who try to schedule an inconvenient time to work with you. This is especially important if you are in an emergency situation and need an AC installer to locate and install an HVAC system to replace one that has suddenly stopped working completely. No one wants to wait around for air to return to his or her home! If you need service, you deserve it as soon as possible and at a time that is convenient to you and the rest of your household.
Of course, there’s something to be said about doing a little research before hiring an AC installer. You don’t need to spend a lot of time, but you should do a quick internet search to see the kind of reviews a potential AC installer has gotten over the past few months and years. While some negative comments are to be expected, numerous bad reviews are certainly a red flag and frequently indicate an AC installer’s lack of skill and/or attention to customer service, either of which could make working with them an unpleasant experience.
Want to Learn More?
These are just a few of the red flags homeowners should look for when hiring an AC installer. To learn more about quality HVAC installation services and what makes one company or AC installer better than another, please contact Confident Comfort Heating & Cooling. Our haggle-free pricing and team of highly-qualified technicians mean our customers get top-of-the-line products, honest answers and quick services without any hassle!