Is Your HVAC Contractor Licensed? 8 Guidelines to Identifying a Pro
If you’re having problems with your air conditioner or furnace, or you want to get a new one installed, it’s important that you have a professional, licensed HVAC contractor do the work. It can be dangerous to try to do the work yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing, and you could end up costing yourself more than it would have to just hire a pro in the first place.
Here are eight guidelines to identifying a professional HVAC contractor:
👷 1. Knowledge
First of all, HVAC pros know how your furnace and air conditioner work, and how to make it work properly. You need to hire someone who has the right training. Even though you think you will save money by doing it yourself or asking a friend to help, you could end up paying a lot more to fix any mistakes you or your friend make. In addition, a furnace and A/C repair expert will look at your house and the system you currently have and determine if it’s the right one for your house.
👷 2. Certification
HVAC contractors have the right training and are certified to work on furnaces and air conditioning units. They know how to work on these pieces of machinery safely; whereas if you try to do it yourself, you could hurt yourself or damage your home.
👷 3. Discounts and Financing
Well-established companies, and even start-ups, will often offer some kind of special, discount, or payment plan. Many also offer financing to keep their services affordable and simple.
👷 4. Tools and Equipment
The pros have the tools they need to do the job right. When you hire a certified HVAC company or contractor, you can rest assured they will have all the tools with them that will be needed so that your job can be completed quickly and efficiently.
👷 5. On-Call Service
If you hire an HVAC company to do the work, there’s a great chance that you can call them anytime you need them. If you have any problem with your furnace or AC in the future, you can always call that person to come back and help.
👷 6. Experience
HVAC experts have seen it all, so they know what to do to help you with the problem or issue you are experiencing. They can do what they need to do in order for you to be warm in the cold months and cool in the hot months.
👷 7. Current Training
Most HVAC companies require their employees to renew their training every year so that they are up-to-date on code changes and requirements for mechanical license in the area in which they work. There is always something new coming out, which leads us to the next point.
👷 8. Up-to-date Information
Licensed HVAC pros know the latest info on your furnace and air conditioner. Any local HVAC experts should be knowledgeable about permits and inspections required by law after a new air conditioning or heating system is installed.
How An Unlicensed Contractor Can Hurt
- If you have an unlicensed tech work on your air conditioner or furnace, the manufacturer may void the warranty.
- Freon leaks can be dangerous, and someone who isn’t properly trained to work on equipment that uses freon can put themselves, you, small children, and pets at risk.
- If you have an unlicensed person work on your furnace or air conditioner, and a fire or damage results from that work, your insurance may not cover it.
- An unlicensed contractor probably won’t have liability insurance to cover any property damage or bodily injury caused by his or her work.
An unlicensed tech won’t have insurance for workers’ compensation, which means you could end up paying for it if your homeowner’s policy doesn’t.