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What to Look for in a Heating and Cooling Contractor

Topics: Air Conditioner, Air Conditioner Maintenance, Furnace Installations, Heating and Air Conditioning, Home Comfort, HVAC Contractor, HVAC System

When you choose a heating and cooling contractor, you’re not just hiring a person to complete a one-and-done installation or job.

In all likeliness, you are picking a provider who will work with you on annual maintenance, answer your heating and cooling questions, and help you improve your home comfort levels.

Plus, working with a non-qualified heating and cooling contractor can have long-reaching costs. If the person working on your home doesn’t know what they’re doing, it can result in expensive repairs, having to replace the system sooner, and potentially even putting your home safety at risk.

Here’s how you can be confident you are working with a qualified contractor in Ontario before the job gets started.

  1. Make Sure You’re Working with a TSSA Qualified Contractor

The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) lists all Registered Fuels Contractors on their website. The TSSA regulates the storing, handling, and use of fuels in Ontario. This includes natural gas, propane, butane, hydrogen, and more.

  1. Ask the Right Questions

Generally, purchasing or renting a heating and cooling system isn’t something you’ll do all that often, so when you’re deciding what to install make sure that you are clearly communicating your wants and needs.

Ask about efficiency, sizing, indoor air quality, features, and system types. Certain systems can help you lower utility costs, save energy, or correct uneven temperatures. Some are better for the environment. If there’s something that’s important to you, be sure to communicate that.

  1. Ask for Transactions in Writing

Don’t enter into an oral agreement or get quotes over the phone. Also, be sure to get proof of your unit’s registration. If something goes wrong, you will need documentation.

  1. Research Contractors Online and Read Reviews

Sometimes the best review is word of mouth. Check out not only the heating and cooling contractor’s website, but also their social media pages and community reviews. If the majority of the reviews are positive, that is generally a good sign. If there are no reviews or more negative reviews than positives, that could be a red flag.

  1. Ask About Insurance

Is WSIB in place? What about liability insurance? If something happens during the course of the installation, you need to make sure you’re protected.

  1. Don’t Forget Maintenance

Beyond the installation, a heating and cooling contractor can really shine when it comes to the work that happens after. Regular maintenance is important to keeping your system healthy and long-lasting. The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) recommends your gas appliances be checked at least once per year by a professional technician.

Plus, you’ll want to know what service your contractor offers in case of an emergency. If your furnace stops working at 2 a.m. in -30 C weather, will they answer your call?

At HomeBridge Canada, our comfort consultants do their best to offer exceptional service.

Don’t just take our word for it — check out our community reviews at Three Best Rated, on Google Reviews and on our Facebook page.

We offer our heating and cooling contractor services in Barrie, Orillia, Innisfil, Midland, Coldwater, Bradford, Horseshoe Valley, Alliston, and more.

Get in touch today. Call 1-866-876-9986 or visit www.homebridgecanada.com.