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  1. #1
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    Find an excellent contractor?

    So i'm needing to replace an upstairs furnace and this will be first of many post to try to figure out what to do. I decided to create separate post so my questions won't be watered down.

    Whats the best way to find an excellent contractor other than looking at Angie's List Reviews and google reviews. I realize some brands like carrier (require certification) but your probably looking at top tier prices too that comes with it. There are a few heating/cooling places around here that have nate certification symbols on their website but when you search nates' site for contractors in my area there aren't any.

    I've heard thats the main thing is find an excellent hvac tech over brand or anything else.

    thanks...

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    Some people may say that online referrals such as Angie's List are a good choice.... however I have always gone by the axiom that if someone feels personally connected to you, they will have a sense of responsibility that strangers do not have.

    Therefore..... I would ask several friends who they have used in the past and would use again.
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  3. #3
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    I wouldn't even look at Angie's List or Google. Referrals are the way to go.
    If I do a job in 30 minutes it's because I spent 30 years learning how to do that in 30 minutes. You owe me for the years, not the minutes.

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    There is a link in my sig to find site members.

    This link locates those who have gone the extra mile for their training:
    https://www.myhomecomfort.org/
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    Talk to neighbors and coworkers also. Get at least 3 local bids and write down Qs to ask. Starting out the bid process usually irons out the best contractors and work proposals needed. Keeps competition high especially if you tell them you are comparing contractors past work history, years in business, etc. Ask for references.

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    Moved to AOP.
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