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The choice of a heating contractor to install your new furnace can be as vital as choosing the right heating system. Correct installation and maintenance is critical to the safe, reliable and efficient operation of your furnace. Here are some tips for choosing a heating contractor that will provide a seamless, proper installation and years of reliable service.

  • Ask friends and family members for recommendations if you do not know one off-hand.
  • Never go with a company that tries to give you an estimate over the phone without looking at the job that has to be performed.
  • Do not trust a contractor that tries to steer you away from purchasing high-efficiency equipment. If the contractor is well-trained and up-to-date on the latest technology, they will not try and discourage your from better, newer designs.
  • Make sure the contractor does a survey of your home and bases the estimate on heat-load calculation.
  • Make sure the contractor takes a long, hard look at your home in order to make sure your heating system is the correct size. A good contractor will not merely use the size of your existing equipment as the basis for the size your new system should be.
  • The contractor should ask about any heating problems you have previously had, and then offer you understandable solutions or explanations.
  • The contractor should be able to estimate the annual energy bills for the equipment that is being suggested for your home.
  • A good contractor will provide you with a written proposal or bid that will outline the type of equipment that needs to be installed, the type of work to be done, and, obviously the price. That price quote, however, must include labor costs.
  • Get estimates from multiple contractors, but don’t base your choice on price alone. A better contractor might charge more but be a better value in the long run. And extremely low bid should be a cause for concern that contractor might be trying to unload unreliable or outdated equipment, or the price might not include warranties or routine services.
  • A trustworthy contractor is prompt, courteous and professional. The way you are treated initially is a reflection of how they will treat you if problems arise. When choosing a heating contractor, check that the company has an actual office or a shop, and that it will welcome a visit from you. That would be an indication that the company is not only established, but also plans to be in business for a long time.