One of the frustrating parts of home ownership is the need for a furnace repair. First, your unit has gone bad in the middle of a chilly winter night. Second, you need to look for an HVAC repair specialist from a sea of options. Here are helpful tips for choosing the right furnace repair specialist. Do your homework. Familiarize yourself with your furnace- its type, brand, model and maintenance history. Know if there are rooms in your home that you are uncomfortable in to feel the degree of the problem. Knowing your unit can make you confident in doing DIY fixes later, but always bring in a professional for more serious issues. Ask around. Chances are you have a friend or family members who recently had a first-hand experience with an HVAC specialist in your area. If you fail to get leads, browse online and check unbiased review websites. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau if there are previous complaints charged against a particular company or technician. Look into experience. Ask about the experience of your prospective contractor by doing an interview or checking their website. Know their areas of special expertise and ask if there are particular products that they install, repair or service. Be sure to choose a technician who undergoes continuing education to keep up with the latest in the HVAC industry. Verify license and insurance. Ask your potential furnace repair company for their business license and insurance. Be sure that they have proofs of liability and worker’s compensation insurance information. Otherwise, you can be held liable for any possible accidents on your property. Finally, verify if the company complies with health and safety standards. Learn about financing. Major HVAC repair service may call for incremental deposit or payment, which can be a financial hassle on your part. Be sure to read the fine print before you sign anything. Know whether or not you can afford the payments. Also, check with the company if they offer financing options. Choosing the right furnace specialist can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Be guided by these helpful tips from Maddox Residential and Commercial Services.