How can I make sure my HVAC contractor knows what they are doing?

img_0356In the state of Montana, you don’t have to hold a licence to install arguably one of the most important systems in a home, your HVAC system.  We all need heat in these cold Montana winters, but the guys installing these systems need no experience before starting a company like electricians and plumbers. When the economy and building industry are booming, you get a lot of companies moving quickly to an area to capitalize on that growth. The main problem with that is they come to town, capitalize on the boom and are gone tomorrow. So 2, 3, 5, 10 years down the road when you start having problems, they are either out of business or have moved on to the next place or back home. The picture here is of a furnace we recently had to repair on a new home.  This was a BRAND NEW HOME with a BRAND NEW FURNACE a year ago. It was installed incorrectly by a heating contractor with limited installation experience and already has rust damage and resulted in nearly $500 in repair costs. DON’T LET THIS BE YOU!

Ask for references from a trusted contractor. Typically, a long standing builder in the area will know who to use and who to steer clear of in terms of sub-contractors. Ask around.

Get multiple bids.  If one is WAY too low, that is usually an indication that there is a problem. If it seems too good to be true, it likely is.

Do your research. Don’t go into things blind. Do a little Google research about what you are trying to do and get a bit of an understanding before you interview contractors.

Ask who is doing the work. Sometimes companies send in a fast talker who can dazzle you with all the latest and greatest features and talk the talk but when it comes to the actual installation, they send in the greenhorn with no experience. Ask about the installers and their experience.

At Premier Air Heating and Cooling serving Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, Three Forks and Big SKy, MT, we pride ourselves in putting out a top quality product and standing behind that product and installation. You get a company founded on years of knowledge in the HVAC industry and rooted in the Gallatin Valley. We offer free estimates so call us today for all your heating, cooling, ventilation, fireplace and service needs today. 406-599-8083

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