What to Look for in an Air Conditioning Home Contractor

Finding a qualified HVAC contractor to install a new air conditioner in your home is essential for proper installation, the energy efficiency of the unit and your peace of mind. When hiring a contractor, three essential determiners of quality are the references the contractor can provide, the contractor’s participation in industry organizations and certification programs, and the warranties and maintenance plans offered by the contractor.


Word of mouth is a fairly reliable indication of whether a contractor will perform to high standards. Ask your family, friends and co-workers for a referral, or check out social media sites such as a company’s Facebook Recommendations, Angie’s List, Google and Yelp to find out the satisfaction rate of a contractor’s services. You can also contact a local trade organization for a list of reputable contractors. Once you have narrowed down your search, ask for customer references and contact them to inquire about the contractor’s reliability and whether the project was completed on time and within budget.

Warranties and Maintenance

Equipment manufacturers typically provide a 2-year parts-only warranty and no labor warranty, since they can’t control how the equipment is installed. However, contractors generally provide a 2-year labor warranty. Ask about extended warranties, and whether those cover labor as well as parts. Make sure you get everything in writing in regards to the warranties.

Ask your contractor about maintenance plans for yearly preventive maintenance on your new air conditioner. Annual tune-ups on your system will keep it working safely and efficiently year-round and will considerably extend its operating life and lower its operating costs. Maintenance agreements usually save you money in the long run for preventive maintenance. Often times you will find that in order for a manufacturer to validate your warranty they will want to see that you have actively maintained your system with regular tune-ups. Bell Brothers is proud to offer comprehensive maintenance plans to keep your HVAC system running strong for many years. Contact us today to learn more.