Hiring an HVAC contractor to perform routine maintenance, make repairs, or install replacement heating and cooling equipment can be stressful. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unscrupulous contractors out there, and just as many don’t have the kind of competence and expertise that you expect. To avoid overpaying for low-quality service, there are a few questions you should ask of any HVAC contractor you’re considering hiring: How long have you been in business? Many consumers prefer the peace of mind that comes with hiring an HVAC contractor with a proven track record. Look for contractors with at least 10 years of industry experience. How often have you performed similar jobs to the kind of service I require? The contractor you work with must have specific expertise in the kind of work you require. Otherwise, you’re rolling the dice – and that’s not something you want to do when it comes to HVAC repairs and installations. Do you have testimonials from satisfied past customers available? Reputable HVAC contractors will not hesitate to back up their claims with referrals from previous customers. If the contractor is evasive when you ask about this, you may be better off choosing someone else. Do you have NATE certification? The North American Technician Excellence program is an optional professional designation earned by the top professionals in the HVAC industry. Choosing a NATE-certified HVAC contractor ensures you will enjoy the highest possible levels of service. You should also insist on getting a price quote in writing before proceeding with any maintenance, repair, or installation work. This protects you in the event of a dispute, or if the project goes over budget. At Pipe Works Services, we are proud to be part of the NATE certification program. We create a positive environment for customers throughout New Jersey and use state-of-the-art technologies to ensure the job is done safely and correctly every time. To discuss your heating and air conditioning repair or replacement needs or to get a no-obligation quote, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC contractors and other topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!