Choosing the Right HVAC Installation Company: What Qualifications to Look For

When it comes to HVAC installation, never trust an unlicensed company. Make sure that your potential installer has obtained the appropriate license that shows they are an expert in the field. ABE Heating and Cooling has been providing HVAC services since 1997, making them capable of dealing with any challenge. Buying a new heating or cooling system is a great investment for you and your family.

Ideally, your system should last 20 years or more, increase the value of your home, and provide comfort all year round. Choosing an HVAC company to work with is very important, and you should always remember the phrase “you get what you pay for”. This statement can be terribly true in the case of the installation of HVAC equipment. Most customers learn this the hard way because of a lack of information before they buy.

This causes a waste of time and money, as well as potential security risks in your home. Installing an air conditioner can include working with low and high voltage wiring, poisonous fuels and gases, condensation drains, active water pipes, sheet metal fabrication, and open flames when soldering the coolant pipes that are placed in your home. HVAC installation is one of the only jobs that includes carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, metalworking, and others. It's a highly technical process that can be dangerous unless properly handled by trained technicians. Several key processes must be followed to ensure equipment efficiency, comfort, safety, and life expectancy.

Failure to comply with any of the necessary processes required by local codes, manufacturer, and industry regulations can result in high energy bills, inconvenience, and a dramatic reduction in the life expectancy of your air conditioning system. Think of it like having and following a recipe - you need key ingredients and you must follow a certain process to achieve the expected result. Using poor quality ingredients, changing ingredients, or skipping steps in the recipe will only result in failure. While it's not necessary to understand each of these areas in detail, it's helpful to have a basic understanding of the installation process. Knowing the experience needed to do the job will help you evaluate an HVAC company.

Extracting a permit is the phrase used to describe the process of obtaining local or state permits that authorize work on an HVAC project. A state license means that a company member has met all of the experience requirements and levels of training within that state to obtain permits and provide HVAC services at a cost to customers. The process for obtaining a state HVAC license is selective and lengthy - a minimum of 5 years of experience at a licensed company is required before you can apply for the 10-hour state exam. After the test, the license holder must complete at least 10 hours of continuing education each year and keep a good citizen standing without serious crimes or criminal records every year when renewing. In most states, a permit must be obtained when any HVAC work is being done - this is a requirement, not a suggestion. A company that installs according to industry standards, local codes, and manufacturer specifications will always request a permit.

The permit is to ensure that the equipment is safely installed in accordance with all manufacturing codes and specifications - this is a protection for both the customer and the installation company. You take a risk if you hire a company that isn't willing to do so or if you suggest that it's not okay to apply for a permit - this could be an indication of poor installation practices, unsafe procedures, and unreliability. To ensure success with your HVAC installation project, choose an experienced company with valid state licensing who obtains all necessary permits. NATE stands for North American Training Excellence - this is the ONLY individual certification accepted for HVAC technicians and installers. The certification is divided into four categories of service and installation - in addition to equipment service and installation techniques, it includes “basic topics” such as customer etiquette, electrical circuits, and safety procedures that must be learned before passing parts of the service and installation test. The certificate program also requires a minimum of 16 credit hours of continuing education every two years - make sure your HVAC installation technician is NATE certified.

A key component to accuracy and success in any facility is ongoing training programs for employees - with constant advances in technology and efficiency of newer equipment, you'll feel lost without having a training program to keep up with times. Certifications can help but there are many differences between types of equipment - it's important to have a continuing education mentality as every year there are technological advances in air conditioning as a whole. A system installed 15 years ago would have had very different installation process than today - examples include increased unit efficiency, ability to communicate between air conditioner/boiler/thermostat; improved options for compressors/variable speed motors; digital technology connecting system to phone/tablet. A company not measuring up to these aspects is lagging behind - you want an HVAC provider that can provide convenience/reliability/energy savings you deserve for your investment. Make sure technicians receive ongoing training as part of their certifications/employment practices - do they have right tool for job? That's always question & very important in air conditioning industry.