With the summer temperatures reaching their maximum, your staff and facilities simply cannot operate at the same level without an efficiently functioning air conditioner system on the premises. Despite advances in HVAC technology over the years, commercial air conditioning units do eventual suffer wear and tear, and eventually breakdown. You can maximize the life of your investment simply by scheduling annual preventative maintenance on the unit. Here are a few steps to help you find the best commercial HVAC service in your area, whether you need repairs, replacement, or just a tune-up!
Do Your Research
Your first step should be to educate yourself about the system you currently have in place. See if you can find a brand name or model number on the unit, and then look up the specifications for maintenance, repair, and expected lifespan online. See if there are any requirements about certifications a service provider needs to have in order to work on your particular model. Examine your needs and try to develop a bullet list of the exact services you need.
Ask for Referrals
One of the best ways to find a reputable technician or servicing company is to ask your friends, family, and work colleagues for services they have used in the past. Everyone has air conditioning these days, from their homes, to their workplaces. Someone is bound to have a good referral for a technician that is professional and knowledgeable about the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning trades. When you get referrals, be sure to ask plenty of questions about the quality and execution of the service, if their problem was fixed, or if there were any problems or complaints.
Create a List of Companies
Now that you have educated yourself and generated a few leads on quality service companies, start calling around to discuss your need with several different businesses. Ideally you will want to get a quote from at least three or four different technicians or companies. Be sure to ask for plenty of referrals. A professional HVAC technician will be proud of his work and eager to put you in touch with other customers who will sing his praises. If a company has no referrals to give you, pass them by.
Give their customer service line a call to test their knowledge and responsiveness. Having quick customer service will be a godsend should your unit ever break down on a hot summer day. Always make sure the company you choose has some kind of guarantee on their work.
Compare Your Options
You may be tempted to go with the cheapest option, however, do not be surprised if this ‘cheap’ option turns out to be more and more expensive as you continue to experience problems from their faulty repair work. Instead, compare both the cost, years experience in the industry, and the amount of services offered. You may also want to pay close attention to the more intangible criteria as well. For instance, do you feel this company is honest? Would you enjoy doing business with them regularly? Once you have made your choice, all that’s left is to communicate your needs effectively. By following this approach you are guaranteed to find a technician that can competently handle the rest.