It's the start of summer, and it's only going to get hotter from here on out! You decide to turn on your air conditioner for the first time this season, and...nothing happens. What do you do? If you're like most people, you'll probably start frantically searching for a reputable HVAC company to come and fix your AC. How can you be sure that you're hiring the right team?
What to Look for When Hiring an HVAC Technician
Don't just settle for any fly-by-night HVAC company that can leave your home in a worse state than when it started. Check out these tips to ensure the next HVAC technician you hire is a trustworthy and reliable one!
Look at Reviews
One of the best ways to gauge whether or not an HVAC company is reputable is by looking at their reviews. A good company will have a healthy mix of positive reviews from both past and present customers. You should also take a look at the number of reviews - if a company only has a handful of reviews, that's usually not a good sign.
Request an Estimate
If you have multiple companies with good reviews in your area that you are considering, request an estimate in writing from each one. This will give you the opportunity to not only compare pricing but also get a feel for the company's customer service.
This estimate should provide you with a list of the work the company will be doing so that you can know what to expect when the work starts. This is also a great way to compare the companies and see if one of them is trying to squeeze more money out of you by doing extra work that your HVAC system doesn't need.
Check for Licensing
Another way to tell if an HVAC company is reputable is by looking at their licensing. In the state of South Carolina, you must have an HVAC license to work on any heating and cooling units in the state. You can usually find this information on the company's website or by asking the technician for their license number. You can then make sure that the license is up-to-date and in good standing by using the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's website.
Ask for Recommendations
If you know someone who has recently had work done on their own air conditioning unit, ask for a recommendation. Chances are, they've already gone through the process of finding a reputable company and can save you a lot of time and hassle. They can also help you steer clear of any companies that they had a bad experience with, ensuring you won't make the same mistake they did.
Check for Certification
Finally, check to see if the company is certified by a professional organization such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), and the North American Technician Excellence (NATE). These certifications show that the company has met certain standards and is committed to providing quality service.
A Company You Can Trust
Whether it's for an HVAC repair, installation, or replacement, you need a company you can trust. Look no further than the wonderful team at Farmer's Air.
Our team is licensed to work in South Carolina, and all of our technicians are NATE certified. We also aren't satisfied with just being good, we want to be great, which is why our technicians still receive ongoing training. But you don't just have to take our word that we're a trustworthy company. With more than 700 reviews, we have maintained a stellar 4.9 rating on Google reviews.
If, after doing your research, you think we're the HVAC company for you, call (843) 508-9779 or contact us online to schedule your HVAC estimate.