Summer is just around the corner, and soon homeowners will be relying on their air conditioners to beat the heat. April is the perfect time to make sure your unit is in good working order. But, before scheduling an AC tune-up, Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona suggests homeowners do their research first.
According to Energy Star, heating and cooling a home costs the average homeowner about $1,000 a year — nearly half the home’s total energy bill. Without proper maintenance, ACs have to work harder and use more electricity. Additionally, a tune-up can detect problems before they escalate,such as a buildup of dust and debris.
Before getting your AC checked, BBB has these tips to help you find a trustworthy contractor:
- Consult your owner’s manual. Before doing anything, check the warranty on your current air conditioning unit to determine whether any tune-ups, repairs or replacements may be covered.
- Research the company. Visit bbb.org for the BBB Business Review of the AC service company you plan to hire to learn details about the company, including its history of complaints and other issues.
- Check licensing. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation requires a license for HVAC technicians and electricians. Ask to see a copy of the license before work starts.
- Compare prices. Get at least three estimates in writing. All bids should provide a full description of the services provided and the materials used.
- Review warranty coverage. If the company offers any type of warranty or guarantee, make certain you understand the terms and conditions of the coverage.
- Ask about energy efficiency. Many new air conditioning units are manufactured to be significantly more energy efficient than others, which often qualifies for tax deductions. If you find yourself in need of a new unit, make sure you get the necessary paperwork to cash in on those savings.