How to Easily Find the Best Furnace Installers in the Kansas City Area
February 11, 2014
Looking for someone in the Kansas City area to install your new furnace? Knowing who to trust can be difficult. Especially since there are dozens of heating contractors you can choose from.
So how do you find the best ones?
We’ll make it easy for you. Here are 3 tools and resources that will help you find a quality contractor to install your furnace
1) Use the ACCA’s contractor finder
The ACCA contractor finder helps you find an ACCA contractor member for any purpose in your zip code area. For furnaces, you should click on “heating” and put in your zip code.
Air Conditioning Contractors of America is a non-profit association that helps contractors work together to, in their words, “promote professional contracting, energy efficiency, and healthy, comfortable indoor environments.”
Basically, they’re all about professional contracting best practices. And any contractor that strives to be associated with them shows that that they are concerned with best practices as well. Also, ACCA members have access to the latest technical information regarding furnaces.
So using this tool is a good starting point for finding good contractors near you.
2) Know the qualities of a good contractor
We all know what makes a good restaurant. Good food. Reasonable price. Friendly service. But not everyone knows what makes a good contractor, mostly because it’s a service you rarely use.
ACCA has put together tips for choosing the right contractor.
Related to furnace installations, some good advice in this article includes:
“If a new system is necessary, a quality contractor will perform a Manual J® load calculation...And explain any changes which might be necessary in your duct system, and present options to help you make the best decision regarding replacing your old system.”
“Ask the contractor about his or her license. If a license is required in your area, ask for the license number.”
“Ask if the contractor’s technicians are NATE certification. NATE-certified technicians have proven their knowledge of modern HVACR systems.”
3) Ask the right questions to ensure a quality installation
For the installation of the furnace itself, you want to make sure the contractors does everything by the books so that the furnace works safely and efficiently.
The ACCA offers a questionnaire checklist for ensuring a quality installation.
This checklist is great, because it not only tells you what questions to ask before and during the installation, but also why you should ask them. And then it lets you score 3 contractors side-by-side on each question.
By the way, yes, you should get at least 3 estimates—one from 3 different contractors. This will help you find a quality contractor that is also within your budget.
So, there you go! you now have everything you need to find a quality contractor in the Kansas City area. Good luck! (Not that you’ll need it with all these great resources).
Santa Fe Air Conditioning and Heating serves Kansas City and the surrounding area. For more information, contact us online.
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