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Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor

Our Top 4 Tips for Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor

Our Top 4 Tips for Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor

Whether you’re in need of a full HVAC system replacement or simply some routine maintenance, choosing the right contractor is important nonetheless. Choosing the wrong contractor can cause you to end up with more problems than you started with. As you begin your search, there are a few key things to keep in mind. Keep reading to learn our top tips for choosing the right HVAC contractor!

Licensed & Insured

Let’s get right to the most important thing first: an HVAC contractor who isn’t licensed or insured is NOT the one for you. If your potential contractor can’t or won’t provide proof of licensing and insurance, it’s time to look elsewhere. Insurance protects both you and the contractor as they work around your home. The last thing you want is to be responsible for any accidents or damages that could happen during the service. 

Along with being licensed and insured, an HVAC contractor who is NATE certified is an added bonus! NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. You earn this certification after going through a series of stringent courses and testing. With a NATE certified technician, you know your HVAC system is being well cared for and maintained by someone who’s extremely knowledgeable in the field. These certified contractors are truly some of the best in the business. 


While a qualified HVAC contractor doesn’t always have to have years upon years of experience, it certainly doesn’t hurt. With more years in the industry comes more years of knowledge and experience servicing a wide variety of systems. Choosing an experienced contractor is the way to go. Don’t risk it by selecting someone who isn’t qualified! Garrison and Garrison has been cooling and heating homes in Madison County since 1972. With 50 years in the industry, you can count on us to know how to efficiently and effectively repair or replace your system. 

Opinions & Estimates

To get the best feel for a potential HVAC contractor, see if they will come out and give you an estimate. HVAC systems are an investment, and you should feel as confident and comfortable in your decision as possible. We proudly offer FREE estimates on new systems and free second opinions on repairs to ensure you have options. Should the part in question be cleared as functional by our technician during the second opinion, we can provide you with a complete diagnostic inspection of your unit for only $59. You will be able to make a clear, educated decision without being pressured in any way. That’s how it should be!

What Do Others Say?

It’s always great to ask around! Check in with your neighbors, use community apps such as NextDoor, or read reviews online. These are all great ways to hear about people’s experiences and who they recommend. While some reviews should be considered with a grain of salt, a company with many recommendations and positive reviews is likely to be a good choice. Skim these reviews in an attempt to identify any particular strengths a contractor may have, especially if you’re looking for one specific service to be done. 

Contact Us

We hope to make your list of potential new HVAC contractors. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re happy to provide you with answers, recommendations, estimates, and second opinions. 

Garrison & Garrison is a trusted American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Huntsville, AL. Call us at (256) 859-8500 or email us at [email protected] with any questions or for more information. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.