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Did you know, that according to independent research, more than 65% of heating & cooling repair contractors & specialists should be AVOIDED?
Its true, you cannot trust more than 65% of HVAC repairmen in the greater Milwaukee area (serving much of Southeastern Wisconsin).
Our goal is to line you up with a pre-screened, trusted heating & cooling repair contractor or specialist at an affordable rate. Think of us as ‘Consumer Reports’ or the ‘Better Business Bureau’…specialized in screening heating & cooling repair service providers in and around the Milwaukee area (including Racine & Waukesha).
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Avoid HVAC Repair Scams & Ripoffs! Choosing a Heating & Cooling Unit & Milwaukee Area Contractor
Your air conditioner is not working, it’s the middle of summer and you don’t know who to call? For some, the first thing they do in this situations is call the first HVAC contractor they come across. However, this is actually the last thing a person should do. There are other things you must do before hiring any HVAC contractor. These tips should help you choose the right HVAC contractor in the greater Milwaukee area.
1. Choose a licensed and insured contractor. Make sure the license is current and that they have general liability insurance to protect your property and worker’s compensation on their employees. The absence of insurance can be a nightmare for you if someone gets hurt at your property while at the job.
2. Check to find out how long the contractor has been in the Milwaukee region with the same name. The longer they have been around, the more experience they have. Make sure they have a physical address or some other contact information other than a mobile phone number.
3. Select certified HVAC contractors who are experienced. This is important as heating and air equipment keep rapidly progressing and technicians have to be constantly updated about the equipment.
4. It’s better if the contractor is a member of a professional association as the association has a few membership requirements. Contractors who are members prove their technicians are experienced and can handle the job.
5. Choose HVAC contractor with employees you are comfortable with in your home. They will be installing, maintaining and repairing your heating and air conditioning system for some time, and you should be comfortable with them.
6. The chosen contractor should be easily accessible 24 hours by telephone, even in emergencies. So they should have a reliable system for reaching them after office hours and on weekends and holidays as you never know when emergencies strike.
7. Ask the HVAC contractor for a list of recent references from satisfied customers. It’s not enough to rely on just one neighbor’s experience as your neighbor may have a different situation at home.
If they have an overwhelmingly positive reputation, that is a good sign. While most HVAC contractors do provide a list of references of satisfied customers, ignore and forget those who don’t. The Better Business Bureau also provides useful information on their member companies.
8. Accept bids offering the best value of a combination of product, service and price. Three bids on a long term and substantial purchase is a smart move. However, if a bid comes below the others, look deeper before accepting the bid based on price alone. Never hesitate about asking about anything you don’t understand.
9. Have all details sent to you as a detailed written description before starting work. The main points to be included include maximum number of days you can go without heating or cooling, start and ending dates, final payment after work completion with preferably no upfront costs and cost of variables and upgrades which may arise while replacing equipment.
If you are dealing with new construction, request for a copy of ‘load’ calculations that the contractor uses to determine the size and type of equipment to install for you. Make sure your bid and contract includes any new required ductwork and its type and rate per linear foot.
10. Finally, thoroughly read the agreement before signing it and pay particular attention to all warranty periods the contractor provides.
Guide to buying a new HVAC unit
A bit of knowledge helps save you both time and money when you plan to buy a new HVAC unit. HVAC contractors usually specialize in designing and installing the system from a few manufacturers and not a single brand.
Look for knowledgeable and service-oriented contractors located in and around Milwaukee, and use these tips to help you buy the right unit for maximum indoor comfort with minimal bills.
1. Before you actually buy your HVAC unit, you need to first decide on the right local company to buy the equipment. Then choose the right equipment with best efficiency ratings and features. Most contractors offer various brands of equipment for you to choose your unit.
2. The goal of your investment is to buy air conditioning and heating equipment with the right sizes and features to fit the Milwaukee climate. HVAC contractors do their load calculations based on the amount of heating and cooling needed in your climate, the area to heat and cool and the condition of that part of the house with interfaces with the outside air.
3. If your AC unit has to be replaced before the central heating, first ask your contractor how the new and old components will work together. Though they may physically be made to work together, matching them may not be your best choice. In fact, if you can afford it, it’s better to replace both the heating and A/C units at the same time for better results.
4. Before you make any major repairs or buy a new system, find out if there are any efficiency rebates or conservation incentives. Most Milwaukee contractors know this, and should help you.
5. Buy your unit based on heat-loss calculations made based on the amount and type of insulation in walls, attic and floors and the number, type and locations of windows and doors.
Contractors who don’t do these calculations specify oversized equipment for you to be on the safer side which leads to additional expenses while buying the unit and every time you receive your utility bill.
6. Good contractors will advise you or energy upgrades like adding an additional insulation layer to the attic so that you may buy a smaller unit.
7. A/C systems are measured in tons and if you get too low tonnage a system, it works too hard and uses too much electricity. Similarly if you buy a system with too much tonnage, it cycles on and off too quickly to give a clammy and uncomfortable feeling in your room.
Moreover if the central heating system you buy is too large, you unnecessarily pay more for the equipment. It also cycles on and off too quickly to cause extra wear and tear on some parts. Too small heating systems takes too much of time for the room to heat up or have cold spots and running it too long causes extra wear on the heating equipment and wastes energy.
8. Make sure you know the relationship between the unit’s upfront costs and long-term savings through reduced utility bills by paying attention to the efficiency ratings SEER and AFUE. The higher the SEER, the lower you spend on your air conditioning operating costs. Similarly, the higher the AFUE, the lower your heating bills will be.
9. If you are thinking of buying new models with extra features or innovative equipment, ask how long it has been in the market and if the extra features need any additional maintenance or repairs. You also need an extended parts or labor warranty for the extra features.
10. You can make a better decision and choice of an HVAC unit if you know the number of heated and cooled square feet of your home, excluding the garage.
11. Heating and cooling equipment last for 15-20 years and if your system is older than this. It’s better to assess its condition. While replacing HVAC equipment is expensive, remember that modern systems work more efficiently than the older units do and help reduce your monthly expenses.
12. Buy a unit with a programmable or setback thermostat containing a timer for regulating all HVAC systems.
13. Signing up for annual maintenance helps ensure your HVAC unit runs properly all the time. Some contractors also offer associated discounts on repair parts and labor and check the A/C in spring and heating side in fall.
14. It’s better to plan ahead and buy a new system in the non-peak seasons when your HVAC work is easier to schedule. You may also get a discount through off-peak season pricing.
Now that you have a better understanding about the working of air conditioning and heating units, you will be able to choose a better and right unit for your situation.