Hagerstown, Maryland, homeowners often look for the most inexpensive HVAC solutions, but hiring a cheap technician could cost you more in the long run. Here are the types of people we suggest never touch your HVAC system.
Unqualified Family Members
While well-meaning, untrained relatives who offer to “take a look” at your noisy air conditioner simply aren’t qualified to handle even the most basic HVAC issues. Not only do untrained eyes miss common issues, but they could end up doing more damage to your system.
Unless your brother-in-law or uncle happens to be a well-trained, certified HVAC technician who has worked for a reputable company at some point, you’re better off declining the offer.
So-called “fly-by-night contractors” typically advertise on sites like Craigslist. They’re not known in the community and don’t have the credentials to back up their contractor claims. Unlicensed, unqualified HVAC contractors might advertise as experienced professionals, but they typically come in and do the bare minimum in order to turn a quick buck before moving on.
You can avoid fly-by-night contractors by asking the contractor for customer references. If nobody in your community has ever dealt with this person, and the contractor cannot produce the proper credentials, you’re better off looking elsewhere.
The Neighborhood Handyman
When you live in a close-knit community, it’s not uncommon to call your local handyman when HVAC issues arise. Unfortunately, while your favorite handyman may be great at building cabinets or painting your front porch, chances are he’s unqualified in areas related to your HVAC system.
HVAC maintenance requires extensive training and a slew of knowledge gained both on and off the job. A handyman who dabbles in basic home maintenance will be in over his head, and possibly even cause damage to the system.
Always be cautious and go with experienced, licensed professionals like the ones on staff at Griffith Energy Services. Make an HVAC maintenance appointment with one of our experts by calling 888-474-3391.
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