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Installing a New Heating System? What to Ask Your HVAC Technician

February 25, 2014 | Blog

 If you are installing a new heating system, you need to make sure you have a good picture of what your HVAC contractor is doing and what the new system will consist of. Here are several questions that you can ask your HVAC contractor to learn more.

1. Do you have NATE certification?

Being certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is a good indication of credibility for an HVAC contractor. On top of that, make sure you get their contractor license number.

2. What kind of insurance do you have?

All HVAC contractors should have insurance.  After all, they are working with expensive equipment everyday. While it’s unlikely something will go wrong, it’s important to make sure you’re protected.

3. How will you determine the size of the system?

Be wary of any contractor who seems like they are taking shortcuts. A good contractor won’t simply install a system based on the size of your home, but will instead size it according to the heat retention and several other factors of your home. A reputable contractor will be using the Manual J heating capacity analysis to come up with this number.

4. Can you install a more efficient system?

A more efficient system can save you money on fuel costs over the years, even though the cost upfront might be higher. Your contractor should show you detailed cost estimates of units at multiple efficiencies.

5. What warranty is included?

Make sure to check your old system and see if it is still under warranty. If it is, you may be able to have some of your new expenses covered. Regardless of whether or not it is, make sure to get in writing the warranty terms for your new HVAC system.

If you have any questions about installing a new heating system in your Coastal Bend home, contact the professionals at Mathews CCAC Inc.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about HVAC contractors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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