Bay Area HVAC – HVAC Contractor Practices Homeowners Should Avoid

Whether you live in San Mateo, San Francisco, or the East Bay it’s important to know that there are certain practices used by some Bay Area HVAC contractors you want to avoid. At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we know there is an abundance of heating and cooling contractors from which you can choose, but are all the same? Hardly. When it comes to getting an installation estimate, routine maintenance, or emergency repair, it’s vital to choose a contractor who is dedicated to quality work and professionalism.

Here are a few practices you should be aware of – and avoid:

Contractors who determine the size system you need using a “rule of thumb.” If you have a 2,000 square foot home, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need a five-ton air conditioner. Avoid heating and cooling contractors who use a “rule of thumb” to judge size. Square footage and looking at the size A/C or furnace you currently have is not enough. A professional who is competent and concerned about your exact needs will use the Manual J Engineering Load Calculation to ensure your unit is precisely the size you need, saving you money on energy costs and improving efficiency.

Contractors who offer a deal that’s “too good to be true.” Sure, everyone loves rock-bottom prices, but what you pay initially may prove to be more costly over the long-term. When it comes to buying a new HVAC system or even getting your equipment tuned up, prices that are unusually low may not be a good thing. To enjoy a highly efficient system that functions properly and saves you on energy costs, it’s important not to cut corners.

Over-the-phone quotes. Not to say your Bay area HVAC contractor should not give you a ball-park figure, but giving exact quotes over the phone isn’t a good sign. In order for your contractor to give you an exact quote on having a new heating and cooling system installed in your Bay Area home, he or she will need to come to your home so that factors such as windows, ducts, amount of insulation, and size can be taken into consideration.

At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, our goal is to provide homeowners with quality products and services – and a level of professionalism that will ultimately save you money over the long haul. Contact us today for expert HVAC advice!