Never Use an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor

Never Use an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor

Are you planning to repair or carry out a maintenance check on your heating system or air conditioning unit? Or you even want to install a new one? You may be thinking of hiring an unlicensed contractor to save huge cost. It may sound like a smart thing to do but it is not. It often backfires.

Do you know how competent he is? In the end, you may even find out that the unlicensed repairman has a little more knowledge and skill than you on HVAC. Before making a big mistake, consider the points below.

  • Unlicensed contractors are usually not insured
  • You may be hiring a criminal
  • It poses serious risk
  • Loss of warranty
  1. Unlicensed contractors are usually not insured

An accident may occur while working on your HVAC but unlicensed repairmen do not usually have Worker’s Compensation Insurance. When any of them gets injured while working on your unit, you may be held liable. You don’t want to add someone’s medical bills to the cost of fixing your air conditioning unit. On the other hand, licensed contractors are required to have Worker’s Compensation Insurance in many states. So, if you hire an insured contractor, their insurance provider will foot the bill in case of any accident. Not you.

  1. You may be hiring a criminal

Every licensed contractor goes through strict competence and background checks before getting licensed. In addition, their details are with the regulatory bodies. Your unlicensed contractor may have a criminal background. He may use the opportunity of fixing your unit to survey your home.

According to a reliable report, about 2.5 million burglaries occur in America every year. In fact, a burglary occurs every 13 seconds. Pretending to be a repairman is one of the ways through which burglars survey homes of their targets. What if the supposed contractor disappears after taking advance payment? Don’t put your possessions and family at risk. When you hire a licensed contractor, you hire peace of mind.

  1. It poses serious risk

As mentioned earlier, licensed contractors pass through competence tests before getting licensed. You can’t possibly be sure of the competence level of unlicensed contractors. They may not even know more than you do. Gas leaks and bad electrical wiring could result from a shoddy job. Don’t joke with fire.

  1. Loss of warranty

New heating systems and air conditioning units usually come with certain warranty that may be voided when the manufacturers find out that the appliance has been worked by an uncertified technician. Warranties on such heavy appliance can span several years. It does not make much sense to lose your warranty just because you want to save a few bucks.

You may think it is cheaper to hire an unlicensed HVAC contractor but if the problems arise, you will realize that it costs much more.