Whether you need a residential or commercial air conditioner installation, it’s important to trust a professional to work on the project. Going the DIY route is often a costly mistake, so it’s not a recommended tactic even if you’re trying to save money. It’s also a bad idea to have an inexperienced person try to install your new HVAC unit. Chances are, you’ll end up spending more on repairs, premature replacement or a voided warranty, or paying a pro to correct the inexperienced contractor’s mistakes.
To avoid hiring the wrong HVAC company, watch out for these red flags:
The prices are too low. Before choosing a contractor to install your new HVAC system, you should get quotes from three or more companies. The difference in pricing shouldn’t be very great. If a company offers prices that seem too good to be true, they probably are. This may mean they didn’t quote you for the full service, so you might end up paying more when they install the unit. They could also be using knock-off parts in equipment that isn’t really brand-new. It’s even possible that they’re not that good at the job.
They can’t answer your questions. You should ask a lot of questions when getting an air conditioner repair or replacement. If the technician refuses to answer your questions or doesn’t seem to know what they’re talking about, this is a big red flag. Professional technicians know what they’re doing and won’t hesitate to explain everything to you.
The company isn’t insured. Ask for proof of insurance when you hire a contractor. If they can’t provide it, or admit to not being insured, don’t let them install or repair your unit. Otherwise, if things go wrong, you might end up paying for damages or even medical bills if any workers are injured while working on your project.