Finding the right contractor for your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs is important. Many homeowners, though, don’t think about this until their heating or air conditioning system stops working. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to have annual service on your HVAC systems performed. It’s not easy finding an HVAC contractor who is qualified, experienced, and well-established in the field. As a homeowner and consumer, there are things that you should know before choosing a contractor to perform that annual service on your heating or air conditioning system. Be sure to ask these questions when calling contractors in the New Jersey area before making that first appointment: Ask the contractor for his or her license # and its issue date. Ask the contractor for references or customer testimonials. Ask the contractor about their knowledge of Energy Star ratings, rebates, and high-efficiency HVAC systems. Ask the contractor if he or she is a member of state or national HVAC organizations such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Ask the contractor what the fee is for an in-home evaluation or consultation of your HVAC needs. Don’t forget to ask for a free estimate of their service charge to complete the job. If your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, go ahead and schedule that initial appointment. Keep the following in mind when the HVAC contractor arrives at your door: Does the contractor arrive on time? Does he or she provide a courtesy call to remind you of your appointment or notify you if he or she is running late? Does the contractor wear a uniform or wear visible I.D. and a name tag? Does the HVAC contractor listen to your concerns and answers your questions easily? Does the contractor offer your a few options to consider if repair or replacement is needed, especially if budget is a concern? Does the contractor give you a business card and offer to answer any additional questions you may have? These tips and questions can help you find the right contractor for your HVAC system needs. Pipe Works Services provides heating, cooling, and plumbing services in Morris, Union, Somerset, and Essex counties. Contact us any time. We’ll be glad to help. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.