Owning a home comes with responsibility and a long list of tasks to maintain that home. When it comes to heating and cooling services, it’s never a good idea to cut corners. Whether you think you’re capable of doing it yourself or you’ve found someone with less experience and credentials to hire, think twice. In this article, we go over six reasons you should always choose a licensed HVAC contractor to work on your heating and cooling equipment.
1. Licensed Contractors Are Experienced
When you are considering someone for a home project, it is always best to go with professionals. A licensed HVAC contractor will possess the experience necessary to complete a job the first time. They are aware of the rules necessary to renew and keep their license. They also acquire the professionalism required for working in someone’s home. They have gone through training and years of on-the-job situations that an unlicensed contractor probably has not, hence being unlicensed.
2. Licensed Contractors are Insured
A licensed HVAC contractor not only carries workers’ compensation insurance to protect themselves as a person, but they’re also bonded and insured to protect the equipment that they work on. For example, your technician is working on your air conditioner, getting things ready for spring, and over the course of the job something gets damaged. An uninsured worker can leave your home and not be responsible, while a licensed worker can’t and won’t, since any damage done is fully covered. This maintains their reputation of being professional and reliable, while also getting the work done.
3. Licensed Contractors Know Building Codes and Regulations
Whoever you hire to work on your home, you want them to be educated and up to date with their training. They’ll be aware of any and all laws, regulations, and building codes so that all steps are taken to complete a job successfully. This knowledge helps keep you both physically and legally safe as a homeowner. In the short term, you probably won’t notice that things weren’t done according to code if you hire someone who is not licensed. If you ever want to sell your home, however, everything will be inspected and anything not up to code will become an issue. This can be avoided altogether by hiring someone who is covered by their license.
4. Keeps Your Warranty in Tact
Paying for repairs and maintenance work completely out of pocket can be expensive, especially if you have an older system that needs more frequent maintenance. The warranties on your furnace and air conditioner help pay for much of these costs, making them important to keep intact. Having an unlicensed professional or yourself do work on these systems voids most warranties and can even cause your equipment to be red-tagged if things weren’t done properly.
5. Quality Parts From the Manufacturer
Using only manufacturer parts made for your specific make and model is an important but simple way to get the most from your HVAC system. Unlicensed contractors might purchase aftermarket parts or even used systems, or you may be completely unaware of where they get their parts. Licensed HVAC contractors typically get everything straight from the manufacturer, with proof through a receipt or invoice. This ensures the quality of both parts and contractors.
6. Peace of Mind
A priceless benefit that is often overlooked is the peace of mind you get hiring a licensed HVAC contractor. Hiring a licensed team of professionals takes the worry out of the situation. You’ll know your warranty is still intact, your equipment will run safely and with the proper parts, and you have someone knowledgeable to answer any questions you may have. This may not save money immediately, but definitely in the long run.
Whatever your HVAC needs may be, Variable Comfort Solutions is here for you. With experienced, highly trained technicians, you can count on our range of heating, cooling, and indoor air quality service options. From repairs and installations to maintenance work that keeps your equipment running well, we’re the experts to tackle the job. We understand the need for quality air equipment and even offer financing on approved credit. We happily serve Huntington, WV, and all surrounding areas. You have the option to book a service online, or you can give us a call today and schedule your spring tune-up!