We don't usually check our heating sytems during the warm season thats why our heating repairs are most likely to occur in the cold season when your heating system is up and running. In some cases simple heating system troubleshooting might solve the problem, however in most cases you need to hire a trained professional to do the repairs.
Choosing Heating Contractors
It is very important to choose a right heating contractors for your home services. When choosing a company make sure that the service will be performed by licensed technician, ask how long has the heating contractor has been in the business, ask for the references and samples of previous work and don't forget to ask if the company is fully insured. It would we wise to check if the heating contractor is a member of HRAI HRAI stands for(The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada). HRAI is Canada's HVACR industry association, representing more than a 1,000 professional contractors and distributors all over Canada. HRAI provides technical training and works with regulators to define HVAC industries codes and standards.
If heating contractor company is a member of HRAI and your are not satisfied with the services they performed you could file a complaint through HRAI. Also you can check before hand if any complaints have been filed against the company.
Other Things to Consider
Try to get at least 3 estimate from different companies to make sure you are getting the right price for the services.
Ask your heating contractor what guarantees they will give you that the equipment they intalled is free from any liens.
Always get the estimate in writing.
In the contract talk about: start and end dates, maximum days you could go without heating service, cost of specific equipment and labour, changes of policy, first and last payment.
Check for the physical address and also check how long the contractor has been operated under the same name.
By taking these simple steps you will be able to save time and money in the future.
Don't try to fix anything yourself. All the repairs must be performed by licensed HVAC technician who went through extensive training and hold valid HVAC license.