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How to Choose a Qualified AC Contractor


If you have recently moved into your home from a different city or state and need to install a new air conditioning system or want to arrange for a service call on your existing equipment, you may be wondering how to go about choosing a qualified HVAC contractor.

Likewise, you may have been using an HVAC business for some time now, but the company is no longer providing service in your area and you need to find a new team to take care of your air conditioning equipment. In a worst-case scenario, the last contractor you used may have botched the job, resulting in your immediate need to find a good replacement company.

Here are some tips to help you find a highly qualified air conditioning contractor.

Ask People You Know for Some Referrals

Even if you are new in town, you can always ask your neighbors what HVAC contractors they use. Local relatives, new friends and coworkers are also valuable resources to help you find a good company.

You could also take to your social media networks, posting questions on your page to see if any of your online buddies can give you some good leads on contractors. However, don't take online friends' comments at face value if you have never met them before in real life, unless you know that you can otherwise trust what they have to say.

Make a point of asking these people if they are satisfied with the contractor's work and if they would use this contractor again in the future.

Research AC Contractors

Look up your potential air conditioning contractors to see if they are listed with the Better Business Bureau and if there are any troublesome complaints. Additionally, visit the website of an AC company to see how long it has been in business and to get a general idea of their level of expertise and responsiveness.

Check for Specials

Not all AC contractors will be able to offer the same rebates and special offers. Since AC systems are fairly significant purchases, it's always a good idea to see if your prospective firms can help you with governmental and company rebates, discounts and other offers to help make it easier on your budget.

Obtain a Written Estimate

When you are evaluating an AC contractor, the technicians will come to your home to inspect the equipment. Make sure to get a written estimate that you can hold onto as you make your comparisons with other contractors.

Don't pay attention to the price of the equipment alone. Contractors should be able to explain the cost savings benefits of different models and systems, as well as how efficiently they operate.

Energy Savings

Many people want to "go green" and do their part to protect Earth's natural resources, while at the same time saving money on their utility bills. This is why it's important to find an AC contractor that can consult with you on ENERGY STAR rated products. ENERGY STAR labels indicate a product meets the energy efficiency guidelines created by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The friendly AC experts at David Gray Heating & Air are devoted to providing the highest level of customer service to all our customers. This is one reason why we have such a high amount of repeat business and referrals from satisfied homeowners and business owners throughout Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding region. Whether you need a brand new system or would like to arrange for maintenance, inspection and service, you can rest assured that David Gray Heating & Air is ready to help. For details on our services, please visit our website at