If your heating and cooling system needs maintenance or repair, or you’re considering the installation of new components, you may think you can save some money by either doing the job yourself or hiring a friend or relative to complete the work. Unfortunately, hiring an unlicensed person to do the work may end up costing you significantly more in the long run.
Some of the benefits to hiring a licensed HVAC professional include them having sufficient insurance, the correct licensing and permits, and proper certifications and knowledge to do the job correctly. Whenever anyone works on your HVAC system, there are always situations where things can go wrong. If your repairman is unlicensed, the odds are that he doesn’t have enough insurance to cover the cost of unforseen accidents. If this happens in your home, you could conceivably be out thousands of dollars, and your heating and cooling could be out for extended periods of time.
Additionally, if an unlicensed worker is injured at your home, you could be liable for medical bills and any other incurred expenses. Depending on jurisdiction, a number of home repair and remodel projects require different licenses and permits if they’re over a certain dollar amount. A licensed HVAC professional is required to procure and maintain all the necessary permits and documentation, but an unlicensed person may skip this step to save money. If a county or city official finds any permit violations during routine or surprise inspections, you will be held liable for all fees and fines.
A licensed HVAC professional has been in the business long enough to have extensive knowledge of most systems. NATE-certified technicians must be periodically tested on newer, safer technologies and techniques. Installation contractors have tools such as Manual J and Manual D to ensure you have the proper equipment to keep your home comfortable.
Before you do any work to your heating, cooling and ventilation system, feel free to contact us at Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. Our friendly, NATE-certified technicians have been serving the Mobile and Baldwin County area since 1964.