We recommend shopping around and comparing electricians when you are in need of service, repair, or new equipment. Prices will vary based on what you need and where you are located. You can find a list of electricians on the Northwest HVAC/R Association’s Registered Electrical Contractor List, by searching on the internet, or in your local Yellow Pages. Also, be sure to check with friends and family for recommendations. Avista recommends obtaining at least three bids for service personnel and checking to see if they are accredited with the Better Business Bureau.
Six key questions to ask any service personnel:
- Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
- How long have you been in business? (At least 5 years is recommended.)
- Do you provide 24-hour service?
- Do you provide free service bids?
- Do you guarantee your work or provide any warranties?
- Do you have any references I could call?
You can also view the Northwest HVAC/R Association's WA/ID Registered Electrical Contractor List or consult your local phone directory by searching online with QwestDex or Verizon Super Pages.
About the Northwest HVAC/R Association and their Registered Dealer List
The Northwest HVAC/R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, & refrigeration) Association was originally formed in 1962 by the involvement of HVAC/R contractors and the local utilities to provide heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration training while providing a forum for passing along information to promote safety in HVAC/R service and installation. Today, they are the leading membership organization representing HVAC/R contractors, businesses and maintenance departments in the Northwest.
The following requirements are mandatory for an electrical contractor to become and maintain membership on the registered list: all licensing/bonding requirements required by each state they operate in, have been in business for five years under the same name, have an adequate 24-hour service department, have a three-hour response call back time for emergencies, pull all permits as required by local/and or state jurisdictions, and strive to maintain excellent quality workmanship at all times.
You can contact the Northwest HVAC/R Association at www.inwhvac.org or call (509) 747-8810 or (800) 786-3148.
The selection, purchase, and installation of any equipment and dealer or contractor is solely the customer’s responsibility. Avista Utilities is not responsible or liable for work performed or the charges associated with such work. Avista Utilities recommends that you follow the Better Business Bureau guidelines of obtaining at least three (3) bids from qualified service personnel.