How do you decide which HVAC tech to hire for your next big installation, repair or maintenance appointment? While several factors contribute to a contractor’s reliability and trustworthiness, you should make sure that the company is licensed, bonded and insured. Here’s a look at why these qualities are so important.
Even if licensing is not required by law for the specific job at hand, it’s wise to seek an HVAC tech with a trade license. This ensures that the technician has passed competency tests in basic HVAC skills. It also means the tech has served as an apprentice for a minimum number of hours and takes continuing education classes to keep the license current.
Ask for the technician’s license number as proof before making your final hiring decision.
In many industries, contractors are required to be bonded in order to maintain their license. This usually involves purchasing a surety bond from a third party to protect customers from shoddy work or unresolved financial obligations that the contractor may fail to meet. In this way, bonding is a form of insurance.
You should never hire a contractor who isn’t bonded. To make sure they are, ask for proof of bonding before you sign a contract.
Usually, insurance is required for an HVAC contractor to become licensed. The company should possess two types of insurance. The first is liability coverage to pay for property damage and injuries that could occur on your property. The second is worker’s compensation to cover medical costs and lost wages if a technician gets injured on the job.
Without these types of insurance in place, you are liable for everything that occurs on your property. If your homeowner’s policy doesn’t cover everything, you could be left footing the bill. Insist on both types of insurance and ask for the insurance status of the contractor you choose to hire.
All Comfort24-7.com providers are licensed, bonded, and insured to provide the best service to our customers in Chicago as well as Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Please contact us today to schedule your next HVAC appointment for repair, maintenance or installation of your equipment.
Written by Randy Gailit