When hiring a technician to check out your heating and cooling system, it is essential to ensure they are not only qualified but also competent enough for the job. The HVAC service provider you hire should be knowledgeable on how to deal with in inherent safety issues in heating systems. Many jurisdictions have it as a requirement that an applicant is licensed after they have completed a minimum working experience of 2 to 5 years.
Technician qualifications are taken very seriously as most states require technicians to have licenses and offer look up websites where you can check the status of someone you are about to hire. Some states even have their own technical qualification requirements such as holding a specific type of license for repairing or installing plumbing to supply oil or natural gas to heating equipment.
Questions to ask
It’s always worth taking your time to hire an individual who will do a good job. When carrying out interviews, be sure to ask about:
Licenses, bond and insurance
In order for some companies to continue holding their licenses, many municipalities and states mandate that heating and cooling contractors meet minimum on the job experience and education requirements as well as minimum levels of insurance and bonding. Also, check that anyone working in your home has sufficient liability insurance in case of injury or damage to property.
A competent technician should at least have a couple of references you can talk to. It’s important to call the references and get details of how their previous projects fared.
It also pays to make inquiries about the specific brands carried by the technicians. Carry out some research and base your choice on technicians that specialize in your equipment brand of choice.
Having your equipment professionally maintained may extend the lifespan of your system, but always know what you are paying for. The qualifications of technician have a very important role to play in the overall hiring process.
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