If you own a business and think you need to replace your Air Conditioner, don’t wait until it’s too late. If you notice that your AC isn’t working at 100 percent when your house isn’t ventilated properly or hear noise coming from your system,you might need a professional HVAC technician to inspect and replace your air conditioner. Here are some tips that I would like to pass on based on our experience.
Selecting The Right Contractor
Find a contractor with commercial air conditioner installation experience. Getting someone from off the Internet doesn’t work. You might get lucky but it won’t be worth the risk. It’s worthwhile to do some research. There is a group called the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). It’s a non-profit organization of 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. ACCA helps match you up with a reputable contractor.
Ask for references. Anyone who does good work should be happy to provide a short list of satisfied customers willing to vouch for them.
Angie’s List is a consumer review and rating website where people review companies and contractors they have used.
Contractor Paperwork to Request
Licensing. Depending on where your business is located, an HVAC contractor may or may not be required to have a license under the state or municipality. Most states require a certificate proving that they passed exams and technical HVAC training.
Bonding. A contract license surety bond acts as a precaution against unfair dealings, but it isn’t always required.
Worker’s compensation insurance. When someone works in your business, there is always a chance they might get hurt. Make sure they are covered by their own Workmen’s compensation insurance so that you won’t be financially responsible for accidents or injuries that occur while they are performing the job.
The Contract. Keep everything in writing. The job, the parts and the agreed upon start and end times, as well as the compensation due for work completed to your satisfaction.
When you are in business, you want to be able to trust somebody on a handshake and not deal with all the trouble of vetting them out. Make the extra effort to protect yourself and your business. It’ll be worth it.