The Comprehensive Guide to Finding and Selecting Air Conditioning Contractor go-to HVAC Service provider.

If You are in the Bakersfield or Kern County Area, and you are wondering when to contact a home comfort pro, then then this is the guide for you. 


Why Your Choice in a Bakersfield Air Conditioning Contractor is Critical

Finding a skilled and ethical professional to work with your AC System can be a challenge.

According to National Surveys done by the US Department of Energy, approximately 40% of HVAC Systems being sized incorrectly, selecting the right HVAC contractor is essential.

An incorrectly sized unit is a HVAC unit that is too large or too small in terms of size and cooling and heating power, for the needs of your home. 

This can result in overpaying in parts or your whole system, labor, and energy consumptions if it is oversized.

If it is undersized, your ability to control the temperature of your home and keep it at a comfortable temp. Will be severely reduced or completely impossible. Some rooms may not receive cooling or heating at all or place increased demand on your system, increasing spend in energy and reducing the life span of said system.

So, now that we understand why it is critical to choose the right contractor, we are going to go over the steps you need to take to make the right decision. Your ultimate goal should be to find an HVAC provider that you trust that you can have a relationship with for as long as you are a resident in that provider’s service area. 

Step 1: Ask Yourself, “What Are My Needs?”

“My Central Air Conditioning and Heating System is not working!”

The first question, is “why?” If the system won’t work period, you will definitely need a diagnoses by a professional for either a repair or an air conditioning install. Save yourself the time and pain of trying to repair it yourself.

If you have a Mini Split system, that will also be relevant to your diagnosing your  system needs.

“My Central Air Conditioning and Heating System is very loud”

Chances are, your system will just need a repair, or possibly an upgrade.

“My AC System and or Heat Furnace Only Work Sporadically”

Most likely, all you will need is a repair, unless this is a very severe case. This can be caused by a leak in your system, a dirty coil, or filter, or other issues with individual parts in your system.

My System is reasonably new and running well”

Then our Benchmark Protection Plan is likely the best fit for you. Working similarly to an insurance system, get scheduled, quarterly maintenance for free, deals, discounts, and coupons, and priority service. Have peace of mind knowing you and your home are in good hands.

Other Factors in Diagnosing Your Needs

Your manufacturer, we in particular recommend Lennox for your Central System, and Mitsubishi for Split Systems. 

I’d like to save money on my energy bills

Step 2: Research: Finding Candidates

Not all companies will be a good fit for you. Start by narrowing down your prospects by whatever criteria is important to you such as products or service availability.

Other than your typical research that you would do when considering a purchase (reviews, time in business, etc), some important decisions to consider would be things such as their choice in the manufacturer.

At Benchmark, we use Lennox & Mitsubishi primarily, as they are premium, highest quality systems. 

Step 3: Making a decision: Crucial Factors In Your Choice

With your list of candidates made, its time to make some calls. Get on the phone, see who answers, their response time, and how their basic phone skills are.

Ask for a bid/quote.

Now then, here is the crucial question

Is low or high pricing a sign of a great HVAC Technician

Some people would say pricing too high is a sign of a high-end dealer, and in fact, at times human beings have a bias to associate high price with high value.

Some would say that pricing too low is a sign that they are not being honest about what it will really take to install or repair your system. However pricing absurdly high would indicate this as well.

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all metric to say if a technician or company is pricing too low or high. 

Two good rules of thumb:

  1. If it is too good to be true then it usually is.
  2. If something doesn’t feel quite right, it probably isn’t. 

A good guideline to follow is to see what their bid on your project is, and why. 

The Most Honest Air Conditioning Contractor in Bakersfield

Benchmark Air Conditioning has 100s of 5 star reviews online, and has been in business for over 20 years. The key for us has been to treat our customers with honesty, integrity, and kindness.

Benchmark Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Replacement in Bakersfield


1920 Mineral Ct, Bakersfield, California, 93308