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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

During a winter in the Chicago area, problems with your furnace are not only inconvenient, but they can be quite dangerous if the weather is cold enough. Finding a furnace repairman you can trust and depend on during emergencies is paramount, and the following tips will help to narrow your choices.

Get Recommendations

Check with family and friends for recommendations on local contractors, and check on the Internet for reviews. Also check with your neighbors, especially if you have an older heating system, because they may have similar systems and know a contractor who is experienced with them. Finding a furnace repairman with specialized knowledge of an older system may save you money on repairs and help to extend the life of the system. Finally, ask the contractor for references and be sure to check them thoroughly.

Check Repair Costs

Ask the contractor for pricing information on common services, such as annual system maintenance, common part replacements, regular service fees and emergency service fees. Find out if the contractor offers a maintenance agreement, which may save you money in the long-term, and ask about other discounts and promotions. Choose a contractor who has NATE-certified technicians to be sure your system is serviced by some of the best technicians in the industry.

Have the System Inspected

Once you've selected a contractor, make an appointment for an initial inspection, so the contractor can become familiar with your system and ensure it's running safely and efficiently. Have the contractor explain the necessary maintenance procedures, such as changing the air filter. If your system is older, get an estimate on its remaining life span and ask about replacement costs and options. Be sure you know your contractor's regular service hours, as well as their emergency service hours, if available, as well as any restrictions.

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