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A Checklist to Help You Find an HVAC Contractor

Who are you going to call when you have HVAC problems in Holland, MI? Obviously, we hope you will always choose Mast Heating & Cooling, but we know we have to compete for and win your business. With that in mind, we wanted to give you some tips about how to go about checking the qualifications of an HVAC contractor.

At a very minimum, a contractor must follow all state and local codes, carry business and workers compensation insurance, and acquire all needed permits and inspections. Beyond those basics, here are some other qualifications:

  • Ask for references & license number(s)
  • Ask if their technicians are NATE certified, proving ability to work on old & new systems
  • Ask if they are members of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
  • ACCA members have access to most recent technical information
  • Get assurance that installations will meet ACCA specifications
  • Verify current standing with the Better Business Bureau & check complaint file
  • Do they follow National Comfort Institute (NCI) standards

Once you establish a contractor meets your qualifications, then the decision becomes more personal. This is a big decision and you must feel comfortable with the company and the people they employ. Here is a brief checklist of what a contractor should do for you:

  • Listen to your concerns and care about you
  • Concerned about protecting the environment
  • Determine if your home or building has indoor air quality problems
  • Show you how to take care of your system
  • Offer a program of planned preventive maintenance
  • Follow up to assure satisfaction with the service and/or new system

Even after going through all of these steps, it is important to protect yourself. Get written estimates before any work is done and make sure it is binding, with no hidden costs. Remember, the lowest price isn’t always the best deal. You have to compare energy efficiency and warranties in addition to the bottom line cost. Make sure there is a scheduled completion date for the work.

If you go through this careful process, we are confident it will lead you to Mast Heating & Cooling for all of your heating and cooling needs in Zeeland, MI. You won’t find another contractor who offers a deeper commitment to your comfort. It’s what we’ve been doing since we started business in 1956. We pledge to provide quality products and services, because the things you care about are the things we care about.