Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.
The warm weather has finally arrived and you find out the hard way your AC unit’s on the blink.
In this BLOG, I’m going to show you a step-by-step process so you can find the right repairman so you save time and money. So I’ve got to ask you, how’s your HVAC system? And more specifically, how’s your AC unit?
Checking your air conditioner system now is a good idea. You’ll have a chance to remedy any problems before the weather starts heating up this summer. Even if all that is needed is a tuneup, the time for action is now.
The cost to replace an HVAC system is on average $7,000, with a typical range of $5,000 to $10,000 says the pros at homeadvisor.com. And as you can imagine, the most expensive time to hire an HVAC technician is when they’re the busiest, which is the summer.
In this BLOG, I’m going to give you five essential factors to help you find the right technician to fix your AC unit.
Number One: Be Prepared
Physically check your HVAC system for labels that will give you the model number for your specific unit. Jot that number down for the contractors you interview. Next, learn the state requirements for HVAC contractors, including licensing and insurance. Providing your system works, run it for about an hour and check each room of the homemaking notes of which room doesn’t appear to be cooling as well as the others.
Number Two: Find Contractors to Interview
Referrals are always a great way to find a good contractor. Ask neighbors, people you work with, friends, and family who they may recommend. You might also find referrals if you’re a member of your nextdoor.com. Create a post asking specifically for referrals to good AC contractors. Don’t waste time interviewing companies with bad reviews. You can find Check reviews on Yelp and, on Google, search for “HVAC companies” or “air conditioning technicians” in your town and those reviewed by Google appear in three boxes at the top of the search results page. You may search for HVAC companies or air conditioning technicians in your area. Finally, head on over to the Better Business Bureau’s website to see if there are complaints against any of the companies on your list.
Number Three: Make Appointments for Your AC Technician Provider to Come Out to Your House
When you make her appointment with your technician, make sure they bring the following:
- List of references
- Copy of their state license
- Proof of bonding and insurance
- Proof of certification to handle refrigerants
Number Four: What to Expect During Their Visit
The experts at energystar.gov suggest that the contractor should spend significant time inspecting your system. This would include checking the ducks for leaks and inspecting your system’s airflow to make sure it meets manufacturer requirements. Now, if repairs are recommended, make sure they give you a written estimate to include a breakdown of labor and parts. Request as well that the estimate include a schedule for the project and any warranty information for equipment to be installed.
Number Five: Making the Final Decision
Going back to referrals, it’s important that you verify each reference before you make your final decision. Ask each customer the following questions:
- Was the job completed on time?
- Did the project go over budget?
- Was the completion of the project to your satisfaction?
- Were there any significant problems?
When you finally choose your HVAC contractor, go over their proposal or contract thoroughly to ensure that all your requests are included. So with the summer finally here, make sure that your AC unit’s working correctly so you can enjoy a cool house on a hot summer day.
I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren
Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!
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