How Do I Choose the Right Residential HVAC Contractor Las Vegas ?
Choosing the right residential HVAC contractor is an important decision for home owners who want the most reliable and quality service for their home. Researching residential HVAC contractors in Las Vegas is paramount to guarantying quality materials, background checked and experienced technicians, and warrantied work.
Having been in this industry for over a decade, we put together this resource so that home owners can pick the right contractor without worries.
Eliminate Unlicensed HVAC Contractors
Any individual in the USA can call themselves a “contractor” of any sort just by merely being available for hire. That means that you shouldn’t let the term “HVAC contractor” fool you. What you’re really looking for is a contractor that is licensed in his field.
Licensed HVAC contractors have to pass standardized tests to insure that they are knowledge and capable of working with critical systems in the home. Whereas an unlicensed contractor’s work and quality might vary from one to another, licensed contractor work is much more consistent. This means that if you had your air conditioner installed by one company, and another company comes to repair it a few years down the line, the work and system is easily understood by the repair contractors.
Furthermore, many counties have their own contracting work laws which require that workers are licensed in their electrical, HVAC, or similar field. A home owner who is discovered to have hired an unlicensed HVAC contractor may be held liable for fees and other penalties arising from the contractor’s work.
Licensed HVAC contractors in Las Vegas also have the benefit of maintaining the warranties of the HVAC system being installed. Most manufactures, unless otherwise waived in writing, will not honor a warranty if their system was installed by an unlicensed HVAC contractor.
Ask for Insurance
A licensed contractor is a liability for any home owner unless they are insured as well. Without insurance a contractor cannot guarantee the safeness of their system and work. In addition to checking for an HVAC contractor’s business insurance, you will also want to make sure that they have a worker’s comp plan.
Licensed and insured contractors that get hurt on the job, but do not have worker’s comp, can actually claim worker compensation from the property owner.
Review the Contractor’s Contract
Although the word “contractor” comes from the idea that the employee is doing contract work for another individual, you’d be surprised at how many contractors don’t have legal documents ready to sign. If you call in to get a quote from a contractor, ask if they have a contract for the work they offer. If they don’t, don’t even bother with having one written up since it’s clear that they haven’t been legally professional in the past.
Avoid Large Down Payments
Contractors that require more than 20% down payment for their work are likely not financially stable enough to complete a job, and purchase materials, without the home owner paying for it first. If your potential contractor’s quote is too large, the best step is to look for another residential HVAC contractor.
Determine if the HVAC Contractor is Residential Based
Although some companies work primarily on commercial projects, they may sometimes be contacted by residential home owners and they will pick up the project if they are slow. The downside to working with a company that mostly works on commercial projects is that they are used to buying bulk systems, and sourcing a lot of their work with sub-contractors.
Home owners that hire a commercial HVAC company for their HVAC needs in Las Vegas will likely experience higher costs due to the company’s overheads. Companies that work on residential and commercial projects equally or are mainly focused on providing home HVAC services will often have the best rates.
Research the Contractor’s History
Whether you’re looking to hire an individual contractor, or an HVAC company, you should research their previous history.
Researching a small contractor is a matter of asking for at least three references. With larger companies, you can look them up on the Better Business Bureau and similar sites to determine if any negative complaints have been filed against them in the past.
Hiring individual contractors should also prompt the home owner to conduct a background check. When hiring companies on the other-hand, proof that the employer completes their own background/drug checks should be present.
The right HVAC residential contractor will also continue their technical training, whether it’s an individual or a company with multiple employees. By asking your desired contractor just a few questions you’ll be able to determine just how much training they complete as well as their previous work history in the area.
Understand the Contractor’s Policies
Does your contractor have a promptness, refund, or damage policy? Also, will they use cover affected work areas to protect your belongings from becoming dirty or damaged? These are the sort of questions you’ll want to ask your desired contractor to make sure that they are the right fit for your home and its assets.
Get the HVAC Quality Work You Deserve!
At A-Tech Heating and Cooling, we’ve been in the HVAC industry for over a decade and are also bonded and insured. With our professional technicians, you can expect a professional experience that comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
If you have a question or inquiry, give us a call at 702-489-5500. We also offer free no-obligation quotes and never charge overtime on nights, weekends, or holidays.