The fact is that not all professional heating services are created equal. Make sure you’re getting the stellar service that you deserve.
Heating and cooling make up an enormous 63% of the average Canadian’s home energy use. This means they are a huge contributor to your energy bill.
If you don’t have properly maintained, efficient heating, it could drive this number up. On the contrary, when your system is maintained by the right professional heating services, it will keep costs down. You’ll know your home heating is working at full capacity.
But how do you know which service to go with? In this article, we’ll show you exactly what to look for.
They Have the Right Credentials
If your home heating systems need maintenance or repair, you need to have confidence that it’s done right. The wrong contractor could make an incomplete repair, lowering your system’s efficiency and driving up your energy costs.
Or, in a worst-case scenario, they could accidentally cause a new problem in the system while they are trying to fix it.
Talk to them about their certifications. To operate in Canada, contractors need a license and insurance. Make sure they are going to provide a full inspection and know what to look for.
Ask them if they have worked with your type of heating system. Do you have Energy Star products, which keep your heating costs down? If it is your water heater in need of repair, do they have experience with your brand?
These sorts of questions will give you a better idea of whether they are capable of taking care of your heating system.
Solid References and Reviews
Speaking to the contractor will give you a good idea of what they are capable of. But to get the full story, you need to speak to their customers.
Look for online reviews on Google Business and Yelp. Finding out how past customers found the service will give you a pretty good idea of what you can expect. If they’ve got a ton of negative reviews, steer clear.
You can read our reviews on Homestars, Trusted Pros, Yelp, the Yellow pages, and Google
To get an even better picture, ask the contractor for references. Good heating services professionals will be able to provide you with contact information for their past customers.
Ask these references about how happy they were with the service. Get specific, such as asking whether the job was completed on time, or if there were any issues that weren’t resolved.
Heating Services Who Give Quotes After Inspection
When you are going to pay for a service, of course, you want to know how much it will cost. However, when it comes to HVAC maintenance and repairs, it is basically impossible to get an accurate quote without an inspection.
That is because there are a lot of different factors that can change the cost of a repair. Certain parts cost more than others, and depending on the problem, repairs take varying amounts of time.
Unless you’re a certified heating expert yourself, you probably won’t be able to give an accurate assessment of the problem. At least, it won’t be accurate enough to give a quote.
Avoid contractors who will give you a quote over the phone or online. A trustworthy contractor will only give a quote after they have done an on-site inspection.
Choose professional heating services that have the right credentials, good customer reviews, and trustworthy quotes. The right contractor will keep your system running efficiently, and ensure it keeps running year after year.
Doing your research upfront will help make sure that you are happy with the service.