When it comes to investing in a new Air Conditioning system, choosing the right contractor and system can be overwhelming. With multiple quotes ranging from $8,000 to $20,000, it can be challenging to know which one to choose. As a homeowner, you need to ensure that you are comparing apples to apples and making an informed decision.
In this article, Can Do Crew Plumbing, Heating & AC provides tips on how to evaluate AC estimates.
Get Multiple Quotes and Do Your Homework:
Can Do Crew Plumbing, Heating & AC strongly recommends that you get second and third opinions from different contractors regarding your current air conditioning system. With the average cost of an AC system in the United States exceeding $10,000, you should do your homework. There is a vast difference in the types of systems offered and the price points of various contractors.
Evaluate the Estimates: 7 Tips for Making an Informed Decision
Air Conditioning Unit Permits and HERS Rater Costs:
Every AC installation requires permitting by law and a 3rd party HERS rater to sign off on the air flow and refrigeration levels of the new unit. The cost of both permits and HERS rating should add $450-700 to the cost of an AC system replacement.
Research HVAC Contractors:
While planning the project to replace your air conditioning system you’ll likely find several potential contractors that you’d like to reach out to. Our advice is to look up their contractor number to make sure their C-20 license is in good standing. Review BBB and Google to see the quality of their reviews and if there are any complaints about their service.
Consider Financing Options:
Make sure to thoroughly evaluate the financing offers for new HVAC units with the contractor you’re planning to work with. If you have a contractor offering long-term, low-interest financing options, ask how much of the bid is made up of financing fees.
Keep in mind, there are no companies that can offer 60 months at 0% interest without baking that cost into the estimate.
Financing can be a great decision for you and your family, just be aware of potential situations where you might find yourself in a position that may seem “Too Good to be True”. This is one additional reason why it’s important to work with an experienced and reputable HVAC contractor.
The state of California requires a 1-year warranty, but some contractors will often differentiate themselves by offering 2 or more years. When hiring an HVAC contractor be sure to inquire about the warranty they offer and what is covered.
Choose a Local Company:
Ensure that your contractor is local, regardless of whether you’re looking for AC repair, maintenance, or of course, system replacement, to avoid issues when things go wrong. Companies that drive up from other cities may offer lower prices but may not back up their work and will most likely be harder to get ahold of once the job is complete.
Understand the Specifications of Your HVAC Equipment:
Make sure you compare apples to apples by understanding the specifications of each piece of HVAC equipment. Ensure that you are comparing the same SEER ratings and compressors.
Trust Your Intuition:
Your intuition matters. Consider how the contractor treated you from the first phone call until now. Did they treat you with respect? Did they show you what was wrong with the current system and why it needs to be replaced? Do you have an overall feeling that this company is out for your interest and not just their own?
Do Your Homework and Then Choose the Best Air Conditioning Contractor for Your Next Project!
When it comes to understanding your AC estimate, it’s essential to do your research and ask the right questions. By evaluating each estimate based on the factors outlined in this article, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and choose the right contractor and system for your home.
Remember to consider everything from the types of systems being quoted, to the contractor’s reputation, to the financing options being offered. And don’t forget to trust your gut and choose a contractor who has your best interests in mind.
Contact Our Team of HVAC Professionals for More Information!
At Can Do Crew, we understand the importance of this decision, and we are committed to serving your needs and providing high-quality service. Thank you for taking the time to read this article, and we hope that you found it helpful.
Contact us today if you would like to speak with one of our experienced HVAC contractors regarding the installation of your new air conditioning system.