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How to Choose a Contractor in the St. Louis Area: 6 Things to Look for

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There are many HVAC contractors out there, and they vary wildly in integrity, qualifications and quality of service. That’s why it’s so important to know how to choose a contractor that you can trust. Below are six important things to look for in any contractor before you hire them for a job.

How to choose a contractor: 6 things to look for

  1. NATE certified. One of the first things you’ll want to look for in a contractor is whether or not its technicians are NATE certified. In order to get NATE certification, technicians must pass a series of exams that prove they can properly service and install HVAC systems. By working with NATE certified technicians like the ones at Jerry Kelly, you can be sure your services will be performed the right way.
  2. Proper accreditations. Two important accreditations that you’ll want to look for when choosing an HVAC contractor are Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB), both of which Jerry Kelly are accredited by. Accreditations like these prove a contractor’s legitimacy and commitment to quality service in the HVAC industry.
  3. Award-winning service. If a contractor provides great service, it will have the awards to prove it. Jerry Kelly has won numerous awards, including “Contractor of the Year” by The Excellence Alliance and “Residential Contractor of the Year” by Contractor Magazine.
  4. Provides a written estimate. Any quality contractor will happily offer a written estimate before performing services on your HVAC system. If a contractor will not provide you with a written estimate of suggested services, it should be an immediate red flag.
  5. Offers a maintenance plan. Preventive maintenance is crucial to getting the best performance and longest life out of your HVAC system. A good contractor like Jerry Kelly will offer a maintenance agreement that will make scheduling annual maintenance a breeze and give you discounted prices on parts and labor.
  6. Performs proper HVAC installations. Your HVAC system won’t operate at its fullest capabilities unless it is installed properly. Before you have a contractor install a unit for you, make sure that they use a Manual-J load calculation to figure out the right unit size and know how to install the unit the right way.

If you have any questions about how to choose a contractor, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area heating and cooling company.