Just like any other industry a/c and heating companies also have off seasons when demand is down. As most might expect, the spring and fall months are the best time of year to have a system replaced. Other than the obvious financial savings there are several other perks to replacing during the spring or fall.
When you decide to purchase and replace before a major breakdown you’ll have plenty of time to research companies and equipment. Often times homeowners find themselves in a pinch needing to replace the system during the severe winter and summer weather that Hampton Roads often sees. This leads them to hasty decision making with no research first. Replacement systems are a pricey purchase and a vital part of your home’s comfort for many years. Having time to research companies could be the difference in a positive or extremely negative experience. A negative experience that could end up costing you thousands of dollars and loads of headaches.
Be sure to look into any company before signing a contract. All contractors are required to hold several types of licensing to legally operate in the state of Virginia. Contractors are to hold two licenses with the The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. Both, a masters and contractors license. This shows that they are skilled and knowledgeable in the field that they are licensed, as well as the Virginia State laws on conducting business. In addition to those, they must also carry a business license in the city they are based in. This allows them to pull permits on jobs deemed necessary by the city. If a company does not willing agree to provide you with this information do NOT hire them.
Service companies in the state of Virginia are also mandated to carry liability insurance. This is for your benefit and covers your home should the contractor cause any damage.
The best way to get a firm understanding of any company will be their online reviews. Google, Facebook, and Yelp are all great sites to visit for real customer experiences. You’ll quickly get a good feel on many aspects of any company. Look for things like customer service, timeliness, cost, and workmanship guarantees.