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Mistakes to Avoid when Hiring an HVAC Specialist

Mistakes to Avoid when Hiring an HVAC Specialist

Unfortunately, hiring an HVAC specialist isn’t as simple as flipping open a directory and calling the first one you see. Whether you’re managing a restaurant, a grocery store, a bakery, or any commercial business, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your refrigeration units remain running seamlessly. After all, they’re integral to your operations, and when they get damaged, you risk losing potential revenue for days, or until the systems are fixed. It is important, then, to enlist the help of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) specialists to take care of the technical work. These people have years of experience under their belt to diagnose and fix whatever damage your HVAC systems have incurred.


It’s also not as easy as doing a quick Google query and contacting the service with the most reviews, either. If you want to get the best bang for your buck and the highest quality of service for your HVAC systems, the specialists you end up hiring should go through a stringent vetting process — by you, of course.

To help make hiring HVAC professionals easier for you, here are some mistakes you should avoid:


Not doing a proper assessment and evaluation of your HVAC needs

While an HVAC contractor is more than capable of doing their assessment on your units, you still have to do your own evaluation to figure out your expected outcome for the project. As the owner or property manager, you should know what installations or upgrades you would like to have. Then again, you should also be open to any suggestions the HVAC specialist might make.

Assuming all HVAC specialists are the same

HVAC specialists have specialized knowledge of heat and refrigeration systems, but they don’t share the same specialties. Some contractors might be more experienced with residential units, while others are more suited to work on commercial projects. Considering residential and commercial projects involve different equipment, you should choose the HVAC professional that is experienced in the type of installations and repairs you need.


Not looking for references or checking reviews

One of the best ways to vet whether or not an HVAC contactor is reputable is by asking for references from friends and family who have experienced working with them. If you can’t find any, you can refer to online reviews on platforms like Google, Yelp, or Facebook to look for reviews from previous customers of the contractor. That way, you can make a more educated decision about the specialist you’re thinking of hiring.


Accepting a verbal estimate

Accepting a verbal estimate is one of the most detrimental mistakes you could possibly make. A reputable contractor would never allow this. While they can offer a rough estimate when you first contact them, the actual proposal will only come after a thorough inspection of your HVAC units has been done. Afterward, the contractor should provide a written estimate that outlines the breakdown of services and costs so you won’t be blindsided once the project is ongoing and extra repairs are needed.


In Conclusion

When you avoid the mistakes mentioned above, you’ll be able to hire an HVAC contractor that is trustworthy and can cater to your needs. If you need a refrigeration company based in the Bay Area to service your commercial units, get in touch with BARCO Services today!

About BARCO Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Our family-owned and operated team has been providing reliable refrigeration services to restaurants, convenience stores, bakeries, and local grocery stores. Our team has been servicing refrigeration units for a variety of businesses around the Bay Area for over 35 years. We offer repair and preventative maintenance services – We are a repair first company. We are centrally located in San Jose, CA.

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