As the weather outside starts to heat up, many building owners, property & facility managers and developers are starting to shop around for the best contractor to install or service their HVAC system. Whether your HVAC system is new or old, you can always benefit from scheduling routine HVAC maintenance. To help make the right choice, we put together this guide to choosing a suitable HVAC contractor.
Look for the License
The first thing you should look for in an HVAC contractor is their licensing certificates. In Canada, an HVAC contractor is required to have sufficient industry experience before they can apply for a license. Additionally, trusted HVAC contractors should also have comprehensive liability insurance to protect building owners in the case of an accident.
If an HVAC contractor cannot produce proof of licensing or tell you about their insurance coverage, you may want to choose another. To be safe, you should always inquire about what equipment training a contractor has received. We suggest looking for check-marks from trusted compliance management firms like ComplyWorks and ContractorCheck.
It’s All About the Estimate
Be wary of installation or service estimates given over the phone. Just as every building is unique, every HVAC system is unique too. Even though a contractor may have worked with the same brand of equipment before, that doesn’t mean they understand the scope and requirements of the project. There are simply too many variables at play.
Instead, trust a contractor who fully inspects your property before giving you a quote. A good HVAC contractor will check the HVAC system in your building and advise if any repairs are required. These checks include everything from rooftop units, boiler rooms, fan coils, cooling towers and mechanical rooms.
Don’t Go Bargain Hunting
Getting the best value out of your HVAC contractor starts with finding the most qualified personnel for the job. To make sure you find contractors that get it right the first time, you should value quality of service over flashy rebates or special offers. In our experience, those who attract customers with marketing gimmicks and rock-bottom prices often lack the expertise needed to execute high-level projects.
Reputation is Everything
At LPI Mechanical Inc., we’ve built a reputation for service excellence in the HVAC and plumbing industry. For nearly 20 years, the team at LPI has satisfied countless loyal customers by delivering a range of services individually tailored to meet their building’s needs.
We specialize in providing professional HVAC solutions for the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors. Currently, we service buildings in the Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary areas and were recently award the BOMA Pinnacle Award for Going Above & Beyond for our customers. To inquire about our award-winning HVAC installation and maintenance services, feel free to reach out to our team today.