There are some unlicensed people out there offering their services for HVAC-related jobs. However, when choosing an HVAC contractor, an HVAC license should be your bare minimum qualifier for the work. You may be taking on a significant risk by choosing someone who does not have an HVAC certification. Discover why and how to choose a licensed HVAC technician below.
How to Choose an HVAC Contractor
Here are a few things you need to know to compare HVAC contractors and choose the one that is best for you.
- Find out if they are licensed.
- Ask to see proof of their insurance.
- Ask for references from past clients
- Or, read and verify testimonials on their website
- Get three or more estimates in writing to compare
- Don’t just focus on the lowest price, also consider the value
- Consider the customer service skills of each company
- Do they offer all of the services you’ll need long term, such as maintenance plans
1. HVAC Technician License is Mandatory in Ontario
In Ontario, anyone working on gas lines or gas appliances legally needs to have a gas license. That means that the general contractor who is offering to do your work without a license is breaking the law. They also will not have any insurance, as insurance companies will not insure those who do not have a license. This may mean that you are liable if the contractor makes a mistake or has an accident.
2. HVAC Professionals Have to Tag Equipment
In Ontario, when an HVAC professional installs a new furnace or makes other modifications, they need to leave a tag behind so that authorities know who did the work. So, if you choose to have someone who is unlicensed do the work, you’ll be missing a tag and authorities will know.
To learn more about choosing an HVAC Contractor for your home, contact the certified and licensed HVAC technicians at Cedarwood ClimateCare today.
3. Safety Concerns
Those who do not have the proper licensing for HVAC work likely also don’t have the proper knowledge that they need to keep you safe. Gas is a potentially dangerous substance and incorrect installation, or repair can cause leaks.
Even minor mistakes can cause safety issues in your home, so choosing someone who is licensed is always best.
How to Find Out If a Contractor is Licensed in Ontario
Any HVAC professional that you are considering should be happy to show you their license number. However, don’t assume that just because they are giving you a number that it means they are licensed, or that their license has not lapsed. You can look up their license through the Ontario College of Trade’s “Find a Member” Search to be sure.
Your HVAC system is one of your biggest investments. When it needs help, do not take any chances. Call Cedarwood ClimateCare today to hire the best technicians.