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If you are in the market for an HVAC unit, it is important that you understand that there is more involved than simply selecting a unit and having a contractor install it. The combination of sketchy business practices, incorrect sizing and outdated equipment can leave you at a loss of thousands of dollars with no viable unit in your possession. Fortunately, there are practical tips you can follow to ensure that you’ve selected an appropriate unit and a qualified contractor to complete the installation.
When you are in the market for an HVAC, it is very important that you do business with a company that has all the appropriate licensing, which will depend on the state, county and even municipality that you live in. Contractors who belong to such trade organizations as the Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ACCA) or the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) also tend to be more credible. There have been so many complaints filed just in the past year pertaining to poor customer service with HVAC companies. It is in your best interest to research prospective companies through the Better Business Bureau.
Credible contractors will perform a number of important calculations to help you select the most appropriate HVAC unit that will suit your needs. They should perform load calculations to determine an appropriate unit size and also take into consideration a home’s ventilation needs. Contractors should also examine existing ductwork and make recommendations as they see fit.
You should thoroughly examine the job that your contractor is doing during the installation process. Duct joints should have proper seals and exhaust gases should have appropriate exterior venting. Once your unit has been installed, you should document airflow rates and test thermostats for proper calibration. It is very important that you make sure that you receive a copy of the owner’s manual and manufacturer’s warranty once your system has been installed.
You can avoid HVAC scams by following these simple and practical guidelines. It is important that you are alert and proactive when selecting an appropriate unit and a qualified, well-reputed contractor.
Posted June 07, 2012
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