Before you know it, the heat of Ohio’s summer will be upon us. That means your home’s air conditioning equipment will be run hard, all day, every day. When the outside air temperatures are in the high 80’s and above, your AC system better be ready to rock and roll, otherwise your family’s comfort, and possibly their safety, could be at risk.
Spring is the perfect time to research air conditioning contractors to service your home’s AC equipment. Temperatures are mild and you don’t really need to run the central air, at least not yet. By preparing in advance, you’ll be able to make an informed choice and select the best AC Contractor near your.
Homeowners tend to be loyal and stick with the same heating and cooling contractor for years. Strangely, we have found that many do not have one in their phone contacts or on speed dial! Considering the importance of keeping your family cool and comfortable during the extreme heat of summer, perhaps you should?
Let’s examine the process of selecting an Air Conditioning Contractor that will do a quality job at a fair price.
What is an Air Conditioning Contractor?
Air conditioning contractors install, repair, and maintain the central air conditioning equipment, ductwork, electrical equipment, and controls found in residential and commercial cooling systems.
Depending on the issue, the AC contractor’s job may require working indoors or outdoors, often both. Air conditioning contractors typically travel to the customer location to perform on-site repairs. In some cases, they may be required to work in tight spots or in warm or cold environments.
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers have a higher-than-average rate of job-related illness and injury. This work may be seasonal, and busy periods often require overtime.
Tips to Achieve the Best Results with an AC Contractor
Keep the following guidelines in mind when you search for a qualified contractor to install a new cooling system or repair your existing central air. These tips will assist you in making an informed decision.
Get a Professional Suggestion
One way to shortcut the process of finding the best Air Conditioning Contractor is to start with professional organizations and certifications. These sources can help you determine if the AC professional you’re considering hiring is worthy of being hired.
North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is an independent organization for HVAC technicians, offering ongoing education, and skills testing and certification. Only choose a company who hires NATE-certified air conditioning installers and service technicians, or who provides a certification path for their associates to follow.
Dor-Mar Heating and Air Conditioning generally hires service technicians who are already NATE certified, or with a solid mechanical aptitude, and trains them to achieve their NATE certification.
EPA Certification is a requirement of federal law for an air conditioning contractor who works with refrigerants. The certification program is designed to ensure the safe handling of the coolants contained in a sealed air conditioning system, and includes refrigerant recovery, recycling, and proper shipping and disposal for refrigerants. Any of our technicians that work on air conditioning equipment are required to hold an EPA Certification.
Training Required to Become an Air Conditioning Contractor
While many HVAC service technicians and installers learn the trade through work and/or a journeyman experience. AC contractors who have completed formal training often have better success. Options for training include apprenticeship programs, certificate programs, and associate degree programs. Associate degrees take about 2 school years to complete, while certificate programs usually require a full-time year of intense study. Apprenticeships tend to last three to five years. Most formal programs include refrigeration and sheet metal fabrication coursework, as well as basic electricity and control wiring.
Our technicians and installers have a mix of training and experience, recurring training in all things HVAC-related, and training in customer service skills to ensure we meet the ongoing needs of our customers.
Look for References for Air Conditioning Contractors
One of the BEST ways to find a great AC Contractor is to find a family member, neighbor, co-worker or friend who is satisfied with the performance of their air conditioning service provider. Personal recommendations go a long way to assure that you’ll receive the fairest prices and the best customer service for a new central air purchase or service for an existing system.
You’ll likely hear about the type of work performed, how quickly the contractor was able to get the work done, prices, and so forth. You should get as many details as possible. Also ask if they have had a bad experience with a particular company. Human nature dictates that most people will be happy to tell you about their bad experience, but rarely mention a good or great experience with an AC Contractor, so you may have to dig for details. Of course, if the contractor comes highly recommend, they will likely do a great job on your home’s Air Conditioning as well.
Did you know that most consumers view online reviews as reliable as a personal recommendation? There are a number of review websites where you can read detailed descriptions of a particular homeowner’s experience. Often these sites also have a 1-to-5 star rating system. Look for a high review count (meaning the company has been around for a while or service a large number of customers) and a high average rating, no less than 4.5 stars. You can also see if the company is actively paying attention to, and responding to, consumer reviews.
Dor-Mar Heating and Air Conditioning has accumulated more than 1,000 reviews and has an average rating of 4.83 stars on Google. We make it a point to respond to every review, positive or (the rare) negative review. If something went wrong, we work to make it right.
Verify Our Ohio AC Contractor’s License
To work as an HVAC contractor in the state of Ohio you must be licensed by the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board. To be eligible to write the exam, you must show five years of experience as a HVAC technician and must show proof of liability insurance.
Working with a licensed AC Contractor offers you some assurances that he or she is at least competent, and that they possess the necessary knowledge and skills to perform HVAC work. Ohio also requires 4 hours of annual continuing education to maintain an HVAC Contractor’s license.
Typically, the license is earned and held by the employing contractor, and that is true in the case of Dor-Mar Heating and Air Conditioning. Our Ohio HVAC license #47013 is held by our third-generation owner, Steven K. Brewer. You can search the Ohio Department of Commerce OCILB eLicense Center here: https://elicense4.com.ohio.gov/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx
Why Choose Dor-Mar Heating and Air Conditioning as Your AC Contractor?
Dor-Mar Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving Newark, Zanesville, and Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding areas since 1962. Starting out as a small door-to-door company, Dor-Mar has grown to be one of the largest heating and cooling service companies in Ohio.
Dor-Mar is family owned and operated; we hold our employees to the highest standards to ensure we provide our customers with the best HVAC service possible. We currently have more than 40 employees, all who are passionate about taking care of our customers’ needs. Our employees attend regular training, ensuring we keep up with the ever-changing HVAC field. As a result of our hard work and honesty, Rheem & Coleman has recently recognized us as a “ Top Team Contractor.” We offer free estimates on new equipment, and provide customers with 24-hour service.
We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service for all makes and models of heating and cooling equipment.
Call us to schedule a service appointment or for a free, no-obligation consultation to determine the perfect system for your home or business. We look forward to hearing from you and adding you to our long list of satisfied customers.
We offer same day no heat no cooling service/repair in Newark, Zanesville, and Columbus and surrounding suburbs. Call TODAY for service TODAY… or use our convenient online appointment request form below.
We look forward to serving your family’s every heating and cooling need!
Central Ohio Full-Service AC Contractor
When your home’s air conditioning stops working during the heat of the summer, many homeowners immediately turn to the internet to find a company to fix the problem. That’s how you found us! In central Ohio, you know there are literally hundreds of options. When you call us for any AC problem, you’ll get affordable, quick, expert service you need from the leader in residential air conditioning services.
That’s our mission, and our promise to you, and we stake our reputation on it.
Highest-Rated AC Contractor in Central Ohio
Knowing when to call is important, but knowing WHO to call when you need the best is also extremely important. Dor-Mar has been serving Central Ohio since 1962, including Zanesville, Newark, and Columbus and all of the surrounding suburbs. We have worked hard to service our customers, and our online reviews show it.
As an experienced AC contractor, we recommend you have your systems checked and routine maintenance performed twice per year, once in the Spring (before cooling season) and once in the Fall (before heating season). It goes without saying the safety and comfort of your family or office staff are important factors. Keeping what is probably the most expensive and important system in your home (heating and cooling) properly maintained will help keep your biggest investment of your life (your home) in good shape.
Dor-Mar…Your Climate Hero!