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How to Choose the Right Cooling / Heating Contractors in Seattle

Do you need HVAC equipment repair, heating contractors, maintenance or installation in your Seattle home? If you do, please keep in mind that your choice of a reputable contractor for the job matters. Choose Fischer Heating as your heating contractor, because you are sure that we will only send you a NATE certified HVAC technician to do what is required.

NATE stands for the North American Technician Excellence. It’s a non-profit organization responsible for certifying technicians in the air conditioning, ventilation and heating industry. Technicians are required to pass rigid exams using actual situations. They can also specialize in any area including air distribution, refrigeration, oil and gas furnaces, heat pumps, and air conditioning among others.

NATE certified technicians are in demand. Because HVAC contractors are confident that they’ll be able to provide the best customer service possible.

We understand that hiring qualified heating contractors are difficult. We want you to know that you can fully rely on a trustworthy and reliable company in Seattle when you get in touch with Fischer Heating.

To ensure that you get a qualified heating contractor, we are giving you some important pointers.

Technician’s license and experience

The HVAC system is a very expensive equipment. When you need to have it serviced, you want someone that has the right training to do the work. Washington State requires its heating contractors to have the proper licenses. Licenses are issued to those who have passed the exam in Seattle.

Applicants for the exam must have fulfilled the required years of field experience prior to applying for the licence. Specialty contractors, such as HVAC, are required by the state to be bonded and to have a general liability insurance to protect customers in case of accidental damage or injury.

The company should be stable, with a list of satisfied customers.  Heating contractors should also carry excellent brands. And their technicians should have the right training for these brands to ensure proper installations, maintenance and repair.

The experience of HVAC contractor matters. While longevity adds value it does not assure that they are going a good job. What you should look for is that stability of the company, which is an assurance that the contractor regularly provides good service. Contractor and technician certifications through industry organizations also guarantee that their experience and technical education are current. Two of the most important are certification from the National Comfort Institute for air balancing and certification to handle refrigerant under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act.

The contractor’s technicians should also have training in the brands they carry in order for them to install the HVAC system according to manufacturer’s specifications.

Thorough evaluation of your home

If this is your first time to install an HVAC system, it is important to find a heating contractor that will offer a complete evaluation of your home. For them to determine the best solution for your cooling and heating requirements. Factors such as your home’s square footage, the number of windows and where they are facing, the R-value of insulation and the condition of your duct system are all measured and inspected. The trained technicians should be knowledgeable in using the industry software called Manuals J (heating and cooling loads), S (finding the right equipment size) and D (appropriate ductwork) for proper calculations.

After the evaluation, the contractors should present you with a written and itemized estimate so you can compare costs, energy efficiency and warranties with other proposals you have received. While price is a consideration, you should also know the energy requirements and the efficiency of the equipment based on the climate in your region.

Referrals and references

The heating contractor should be able to present you with references. You should call them up to ask about the contractor’s pricing and job performance. Check the Better Business Bureau if there are complaints filed against the company.

Seek referrals from family, friends and neighbors. You can also ask local trade organizations and check online services like the Air Conditioning Contractors of America or Angie’s List. There you can find reputable heating contractors established in Seattle.

Special offers and rebates

If you are receiving electric service from Seattle City Light, you can apply for rebates when you are installing energy-efficient equipment. You can check their website for the details on how to apply. Your heating contractor may also have some special offers on the brands they carry.

Efficient equipment

Whether you are having a new HVAC system installed or just an upgrade, your heating contractor should be able to show you savings calculations. When you use an Energy Star heating/cooling equipment. Energy Star rated products meet the strict guidelines for energy efficiency established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A good heating and cooling contractor is proud of his company. Aside from the quality equipment they carry and high quality tools, it is important to check the condition of their vehicles. A good contractor should have clean and well-maintained trucks. They are proud to have their vehicles advertise the name of their company.

Things Seattle homeowners should do

Now that you know the characteristics of a good cooling and heating contractor, Seattle homeowners should likewise learn how to prepare to find a fully qualified contractor.

Make a shortlist of qualified HVAC contractors in Seattle.

Set up an appointment in your home with each contractor. Inquire if they provide free estimates. A reputable HVAC contractor does not charge for the first appointment. They should inspect your home and ask for a variety of information such as number of people, home insulation, number and direction of windows and the condition of your existing HVAC system if you already have one. The information they have will be used to determine the right capacity of the heating and cooling system.

The contractors will later submit a written estimate. There should be a breakdown of all the charges – equipment, parts, labor and other work that are necessary for the installation or repair of your system. See to it that you are not swayed by the lowest bid. Compare the estimates and see if all the costs are included. Do not hesitate to ask questions, especially if a bid is very different from the others.

Once you have decided on the contractor, have a lawyer check the contract to ensure that the contractor is insured and licensed, the warranties are properly stated and the scope of work is what you expect.

If you want to take your search further, you can look for consumer reviews of heating and air conditioning contractors from reputable websites. Look for positive and negative comments. See if the contractors respond to negative and positive reviews, check if they gave professional responses and if they provide clear explanations to refute negative reviews.

Call Fischer Heating at 206-202-9499 or 425-406-3050 when you need a heating contractor. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that our NATE certified technicians would be performing the job. You’ll also realize savings as we see to it that you get the most efficient equipment suited for your needs.


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