Air Conditioning Installation Checklist: Questions to Ask a Contractor

Selecting an experienced, trustworthy contractor for air conditioning repair in Phoenix is just as important as selecting the brand or type of system to have installed. To find the best contractor for Phoenix AC repair and installation, you can ask friends and family for recommendations, search the internet or even look at service review sites.

But when it’s time to choose, how do you know what to base your decision on?

Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Plumbing has put together this handy checklist you can use when contacting local air conditioning contractors for installation of your home’s new air conditioning and heating system.

HVAC Installation Checklist

Checklist – here are some of the important questions to ask a prospective Phoenix AC repair and installation contractor:

Will you measure my home and calculate the correct size for my equipment?

This is something that every professional HVAC installer should do because there is no general rule for sizing a system to a home. The only way to ensure the size of the system you purchase will be large enough to cool your home, but not any larger than you need, is to have your home evaluated by a licensed air conditioning installer.

Will you install and help me to set up a programmable thermostat?

Any quality contractor will encourage the use of a programmable thermostat and be able to help you set it up. With programmable thermostats you can control the temperature in your home at different times of day without ever touching your thermostat, resulting in energy and fiscal savings.

Can you provide me with information on any local rebate programs for which I might be eligible?

There are often little-known money-saving options that any reputable contractor should inform you of, including local energy company rebates and the current federal tax credits for installation of a more energy-efficient unit, available through the end of 2013.

Do you offer ENERGY STAR qualified equipment?

According to, ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioners are approximately 8 percent more energy efficient than minimum standard equipment. And, homeowners living in hot and humid climates can expect to save up to $700 in energy costs over the life of the unit.

Do you offer ongoing maintenance for my new AC system?

Getting regular maintenance is just as important as getting a quality installation. Chas Roberts offers a maintenance plan – the Comfort Assurance plan (CAP). The CAP provides twice annual visits to help ensure maximum efficiency, foresee any possible problems that may occur in the near future and keep your air conditioning system running at its peak efficiency year-round.

Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Plumbing has been doing air conditioning repair in Phoenix and installing new air conditioning systems for more than 70 years and has thousands of satisfied customers. To schedule an appointment to have a new air conditioning system installed in your home, visit our website or call (602) 943-3426 in Phoenix, (520) 618-1884 in Tucson or (505) 264-7257 in New Mexico.