Choosing a Contractor

Handy Tips for Choosing a Contractor

Check the License

HVAC contractors must be licensed in Ohio and hold a current, valid license from the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board. Ask to see the contractor’s pocket license and another form or identification.

The name on the pocket license should be the same as the contractor (or the name of the business). To find out if an HVAC specialist is licensed in Ohio, call the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board at 614-644-3493 or email

Remember, it is illegal for a contractor to use another contractor’s license, just as it is illegal for someone to use another’s driver’s license.

S&S Heating, Cooling & Sheet Metal, Inc. License #12312

Professional and Trade Memberships

Is the contractor a member of North American Technician Excellence (NATE)?

NATE is the leading certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry. As an independent, non-profit national organization supported by a broad-based coalition of industry leaders, NATE represents a shared commitment to improving the HVAC/R industry through voluntary testing and certification.

NATE supporters include contractors, distributors, education and training providers, manufacturers, technicians, utilities, and their respective trade associations.

S&S Heating, Inc. NATE Member since 2001

Is the contractor a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?

The BBB is a nonprofit organization supported by local businesses. It is dedicated to promoting and fostering the highest ethical relationship between businesses and the public through consumer and business education and voluntary self-regulation. BBBs have a national reputation for fairness because they remain neutral in a dispute.

S&S Heating, Inc. Better Business Bureau Member since 2002.

Check References

Ask the HVAC contractor for local references. Call to see if they were satisfied with the work. A reputable HVAC contractor will be proud to list their references. If possible, visit a job in progress to see how the contractor works. Talk to the customer about work habits, costs, and the contractor’s level of cooperation. Find out if the contractor has maintained the work schedule and honored the terms of the contract.

S&S Heating, Cooling & Sheet Metal, Inc. Contact Us or call (440) 237-3663 for a list of Customer References.

Get Competitive Bids

Do not automatically accept the contractor with the lowest price. First, make sure all bids are based on the same set of service and equipment specifications. Discuss the bids in detail with each contractor and make sure you understand the reasons for variations in price. A higher price may be your lowest overall cost if the materials used are of higher quality or the work is more complete.

Beware of a bid that is substantially lower than others. It indicates the contractor has made a mistake or has not included of the work (and/or material) quoted by competitors. You are sure to have a dispute with a contractor if you accept a low bid based on an error or misunderstanding.

S&S Heating, Cooling & Sheet Metal, Inc. Call (440) 237-3663 or email us for a bid.

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