Installing a central air conditioner is a big outlay for a homeowner – one they should take seriously.
But sometimes, even with the best of intentions, people make mistakes. Here are three of the most common ones we see when it comes to choosing a contractor for a central air conditioning installation.
Three Most Common A/C Mistakes
1. They choose the lowest price, not the best value.
The most important thing to keep in mind when looking at quotes from different contractors is to be sure you’re comparing apples to apples so you can understand the true value of what you’re getting.
Some things to consider when comparing A/C installation quotes include:
Equipment type and model – What type of equipment does your estimate include? What is its size or capacity? What is its failure rate? What is its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating? Ask why your contractor chose that brand and model, and be sure to compare the features and performance of each brand and model suggested.
Contractor quality – Do research, ask questions, and observe your contractor in action. Is he NATE-certified? Is he licensed and insured? Does he do a proper load calculation before giving you an estimate? Does he ask questions about your current system’s performance or your level of comfort? Look for contractors who are engaged from day one.
“Hidden” charges – Make sure everything you want is detailed in your estimate, including materials, controls, connections, piping, refrigerant lines, etc. If many of these materials and features are considered extra, or not fully detailed in the estimate, consider it a red flag. Late fees are also important: ask what happens if there are delays or unexpected problems, and be sure to get everything in writing.
2. They choose a contractor that doesn’t guarantee their work.
All reputable A/C installation contractors guarantee their work. This means that if they make a mistake on your job, they will redo or fix it AT NO CHARGE TO YOU. Only choose air conditioning contractors who unconditionally guarantee their work.
3. They don’t ask for references.
All reputable contractors will happily give you references. Ask your contractor to give you at least three names of people they have worked with, and try to find someone who has gotten work similar to your own installation.
For quality A/C installations in West Virginia and western Maryland, trust the pros at Roach Energy. We guarantee our work, offer great value, and get the job done right the first time! Contact us today to learn more!