Common Mistakes Made When Replacing Your Home Comfort System
When replacing your air conditioning system, there are many things to consider, like the life expectancy of your current system, operating costs, and looking at the bigger picture meaning all components, not just the part that was broken, are working together to boost efficiency and reliability. However, with replacing your comfort system, there are many problems or mistakes that can occur during the process. Below are the common mistakes made when replacing your home comfort system and how to resolve them.
- Buying The Wrong Size Of Equipment: As stated by The Department of Energy, many people who end up replacing their heating and air conditioning by themselves will install the wrong size of equipment. The results from this mistake include high utility bills, a buildup of unhealthy mold in the ductwork, damaged equipment, and uncomfortable living conditions. This can be avoided by contacting a professional and asking for their help.
- Choosing The Lowest Price: If you get a bid that is significantly lower than the others, it’s probably too good to be true. In cases like this, it’s always important to remember that you get what you pay for. Essentially every contractor is installing the same heating and air conditioning equipment. In many cases, the only difference is the name displayed on the outside of the equipment — not the price of the equipment. Also, there are laws that regulate how systems are installed, so when bids are lower, you are saving on installation costs vs. equipment costs.
- Installation Delays: You shouldn’t have to wait days for a heating and air conditioning estimate or even longer to have your system installed. Installations can be delayed because many companies hire helpers or high school co-op students to work with mechanics because mechanics don’t specialize in installing any particular type of system, and they lack support.
- Not Getting A Written Guarantee: Make sure the contractor you choose stands behind the products and services they offer. If they don’t provide you with a written, no-hassle, no-questions-asked warranty, you may not want to use them. It’s important to ensure you and your family are protected from any unforeseen breakdowns. Also, make sure the guarantee includes a performance guarantee, investment guarantee, and a real 100% satisfaction guarantee.
- Using Untrustworthy and Unqualified Contractors: Choosing the right contractor can mean the difference between having a horrible and expensive experience and a complete experience you can’t wait to share with your family and friends. Listed below are the steps to take to ensure you choose the right contractor for you:
– Research: Research a little before your contractor gets there. That way, you can ask the right questions and be able to assess the contractor’s answers and experience.
– Get 3-4 Contractor Referrals From People You Know And Trust: Referrals from the people you know and who have had hands-on experience with the contractor do a lot more than references from people you don’t know.
– After Identifying A Few Prospects: Make sure each prospect is located locally and has a physical address. Then, call the Better Business Bureau to verify the company information.
– Interview Contractors: Make sure you take time to meet with each contractor and go through your list of questions.