Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor

Feb 5, 2021 | Furnace, HVAC | 0 comments

When searching for an HVAC repair and installation company, it can be hard to know which contractors are credible. In addition, HVAC repair and installation can be expensive, and most people prefer to save as much money as possible when considering their options. However, one of the biggest risks when deciding on a contractor is hiring an unlicensed contractor. With unlicensed contractors come unwanted dangers, and those dangers can result in additional expenses! That’s why we at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air put together a list of the dangers of hiring an unlicensed contractor, and ways to avoid accidentally hiring one! 

The Dangers

Some of the worst dangers when hiring an unlicensed contractor are liability problems, bad workmanship, and safety hazards. All of these problems can be avoided by being able to recognize the signs of these dangers before hiring a contractor.

What To Watch Out For

There are two major warning bells when considering HVAC company options. If you recognize either of these warning bells when looking into a certain contractor, then it’s a sign to move on to other options.

No Physical Evidence

The most important warning bell is when a contractor isn’t willing to provide evidence of their licensing. If a contractor refuses to answer your questions, then chances are they are hiding something such as a lack of insurance or bonding. Additionally, insurance is required by law in Ohio, so by hiring a contractor without insurance you are risking becoming involved in the lawful consequences. In the end it’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you are confident in your contractor’s licensing before hiring them.

Low Rates Equal Low Quality

If you are tempted by the low rates of unlicensed contractors, you are not alone. When it comes to HVAC systems, things can get expensive fast. But unusually low prices can be a huge warning bell, especially if you know the contractor isn’t licensed. It can be tempting to give into the enticingly low prices, but if the technician doesn’t properly repair or replace your problematic HVAC system, then it could end up costing you much more in the long run. Remember whatever you are paying the contractor, the technicians will be paid a part of. So if that amount isn’t very much, then the technicians likely aren’t well trained and won’t do their jobs efficiently or effectively. 

How To Be Confident In Your Choice 

The best way to be sure that your contractor is reliable is to ask lots of questions. Be sure to ask them about their insurance policy and whether they are bonded. If the contractor responds with positive answers, then you can ask follow up questions like “what does your insurance cover?” However, if the contractor does not give a satisfactory response or avoids answering your questions, then it’s time to move on. Good companies will effectively communicate and will be willing to provide you with answers to your questions. 

Need A Licensed Contractor?

Caution is key! When making a big investment in something such as a new heating or cooling system, it’s important to consider your options in order to find a company with quality workmanship. We at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air offer quality, professional, and licensed HVAC services and are happy to answer any additional questions you might have. You can call us today at 937-502-3842, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!