Jacksonville Residents: How to select a heating and air conditioning repair person

If you live in the Jacksonville area and are in need of air conditioning or furnace repairs, remember that choosing a good contractor to work on the central air conditioner or furnace in your home is just as important as the equipment you use. Because improperly repaired HVAC systems can be dangerous to your house and more importantly your family, this sort of service should be left up to a trained professional. Proper maintenance of air conditioning and heating units is necessary for the equipment to operate safely, reliably, and at maximum efficiency.

However, as any Jacksonville homeowner can attest choosing a qualified HVAC contractor can be a daunting challenge. There are many factors that go into selecting the right air conditioning and heating repair person – and remember that finding the lowest price should not be your main criteria for selection. Lower bids may be a sign of a company not including all “hidden costs” and trying to offload outdated or unreliable equipment. Better contractors may charge more, but they probably offer greater value.

Below are a few additional tips for Jacksonville residents to remember when selecting an heating and air conditioning repair person:

  1. Ask friends and relatives who live in the Jacksonville area to give you recommendations. Talking to people that you know and trust who have had any recent maintenance or installations done by an HVAC company is a great way to obtain a referral.
  2. Look for Jacksonville HVAC contractors whose technicians are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and/or partnered with ENERGY STAR.
  3. A qualified estimator will do a survey of your current home and its equipment and base its pricing on a cooling-load calculation for air conditioning (and a heat-load for furnaces). Many existing furnaces aren’t properly sized and good contractors will ensure the equipment you are using meets the exact needs of your home’s load requirements.
  4. Steer clear of air conditioning repair services that offer you an estimate over the phone without ever looking at the job to be done. A good company will provide a written bid outlining the work to be done, including labor costs.
  5. Choose a Jacksonville air conditioning repair service that is prompt, courteous, and professional. Remember that the way a company treats you in the beginning is a direct reflection of how they will handle you going forward should other unit repair issues arise.

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