Tips to follow to ensure choosing the Right HVAC Contractor
The HVAC Optimization Maintenance Agreement is reviewed every 3 years. The agreement is reviewed to optimize the performance of your HVAC system. Once the HVAC Optimization maintenance agreement is reviewed it provides preventative maintenance and ensures long term benefits such as longer equipment life, lowers the energy bills consumed and improves indoor air quality and thermal comfort that persisted over time.
If you intend to invest in a higher standard of HVAC performance, it’s vital to find a contractor that can assure you quality and performance and can meet all your facility’s specific needs. Below are some questions mentioned that you should ask your potential contractors to help you find the right one.
Screen the contractor’s background
• What are the no of customers that have contracted with you for five (3) or more years? • What are the no of current customers you serve in the SCE HVAC Optimization program? • Ask for at least 3 business references for long-term customers. • Your Firm belongs to which HVAC industry associations, committees or societies? • How many technicians do you have? • Does your company cater to a specific industry? • Who Will Be Doing the Work?
Ask about the necessary training and industry certifications they possess
• What are the skill levels, experience, expertise and training of the service technicians who will perform work on my building? • What are the training procedures for technicians to earn HVAC industry certifications in your company? • Does your company train its technicians? • Who in your company will be responsible for coordination, planning, and execution over the life of the Maintenance Agreement?
Explore the contractor’s experience and approach followed towards Maintenance Agreement.
• Ask for a detailed maintenance plan stating what tasks and services will be performed and at what frequency. • How will the tasks inspected and how often? • How will you assess my building systems prior to our signing a Maintenance Agreement? • How will you equipment’s performance be monitored? • What is the maximum response time for emergencies? Will there be additional costs/charges for emergency service calls? If yes, what are those costs? • What HVAC system parts are provided under the contract? • Will you provide us follow up reports and information regarding energy savings, incentives that are paid and the work performed? At what frequency will you provide these reports?
Dig Deeper and explore more about the knowledge and experience of the contractor
• Ask some technical titbits about what maintenance Standard 180 recommends? What are the main goals/objectives of this development? • What experience do your company and technicians have with advanced HVAC efficiency technologies • What is the training module followed for your technicians to receive training in economizer diagnostics and refurbishment? • How do you think the HVAC Optimization program will improve our thermal comfort, air quality and energy efficiency?