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Government Cracks Down on Unlicensed HVAC Contractors

Posted on: April 25, 2014

You’ve done some research. You’ve narrowed your choice down to a couple of HVAC contractors. You’re trying to get the best price for the highest quality possible. Then, you notice that an unlicensed contractor is offering a better deal.

Before patting yourself on the back with delight, stop.

While it may be tempting to work with an unlicensed contractor, what you’ll pay over the long run for this choice doesn’t compare to the perceived savings upfront.

Government Cracks Down on Unlicensed HVAC Contractors

Thinking About Working With an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor? Why It Will Cost You More

Here’s why.

Unforeseen bills

If you allow an unlicensed contractor to work on your property, and one of the contractor’s employees gets hurt, you’re liable. If the contractor doesn’t have workers’ compensation, you will be a viable target for which the worker will try to get back lost work time and medical bills.

A licensed contractor, however, is required to hold workers’ compensation and the proper insurances—or state boards won’t give out a license. Any injuries that occur on your property are covered under that policy. You then have peace of mind that working with a licensed contractor protects you from being a financial target.

Safety

Work performed in your home by a shoddy, unlicensed HVAC contractor can put your entire family at risk. If an unlicensed worker offers a lower price to install your new HVAC system, but carelessly wires the unit, you jeopardize your family’s safety. The system can spark and cause a fire, or overheat and become damaged.

With a licensed contractor, you can be sure that the technician holds a certain amount of training hours and has apprenticed with a knowledgeable professional. As a result, you’ll know that the work will be done right, the first time around—and safely, too.

A job poorly done

Hire someone without a license—even if the person comes highly recommended—to install your water heater for example, and you could run into problems down the road. Not only will an improperly installed water heater perform inefficiently, causing your energy bills to increase, but poor installation practices hasten wear and tear. When the system doesn’t last as long as it should, you face having to replace the system sooner, and your return on investment does down.

Government Cracks Down on Unlicensed HVAC Contractors

Consumers are not the only ones frustrated with the lack of adherence to licensing laws. Across the country, local authorities are cracking down on unlicensed contractors. From Florida to New Jersey, authorities are arresting offenders and levying steep fines to protect homeowners from fraud.

In Georgia, mechanical contractors must hold a license, as do electrical and plumbing contractors. Homeowners can check on a contractor’s licensing status by logging on to the Georgia Secretary of Statewebsite to confirm that a contractor holds a license, or to submit a complaint. You can also call the office to ask about the contractor’s status, including the license number, worker’s compensation insurance, and details about complaints or judgments.

Why put your new HVAC system at risk for early failure? Why pay more to deal with the mess that an unlicensed contractor leaves behind? Why short your return on investment and risk your safety? It’s not necessary to put all of these factors in jeopardy, when the government has put licensing requirements in place for the good of consumers.

When you hire a licensed HVAC contractor, you get a lot of unforeseen benefits, such as a properly installed, safe system that will last. Contact Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning for more information about our license, insurance or qualifications. We proudly serve our neighbors in West Volusia County with air conditioning, furnace and heat pump solutions, as well as dehumidifiers and indoor air quality services. Just give us a call today!