Reason To Hire Licensed HVAC Contractor in Las Vegas
Hiring a licensed HVAC Contractor is highly recommended for any heating and cooling needs in Las Vegas. Although it may seem like a license isn’t important, there are a variety of reasons why this is never so.
Licensed Contractors Are Held to a High Standard of Quality
Any person can claim that they are experienced in HVAC systems and begin contracting work by advertising their services. Because of this, an unlicensed contractor could literally be anybody with quite possibly just a rudimentary understanding of HVAC systems.
Licensed HVAC contractors in Las Vegas have to pass HVAC certifications that prove their ability to work on HVAC systems safely and providing reliable services. Furthermore, a HVAC-licensed contractor can work on a system, and another contractor can work on the same system years down the line and still understand how everything comes together.
Unlicensed contractors have their own way of doing things, which aren’t held to the same unified industry standards for HVAC operation, maintenance, and safety.
Since licensed HVAC contractors are also bound by various government and certification associations, they are guaranteed to deliver a professional service. A licensed HVAC contractor that misleads their clients or makes a mistake will be held accountable for their actions. Clients that hire HVAC contractors on the other hand are openly not held as accountable. Because of this, many local government websites and resources recommend to not only check for a license, but verify the license number using an online resource or phone number.
HVAC Systems Are Essential to Your Home’s Comfort and Investment
An HVAC system runs every day, all year round. It’s critical for these systems to run effectively and reliably, so that they don’t drive up running costs or breakdown.
Compromising on HVAC installation, repair, or maintenance costs by hiring a unlicensed contractor is asking for trouble. An unlicensed contractor may not properly tune an HVAC system for example, and within a few years it can rack up hundreds of dollars in electricity bills opposed to what it should be costing to run.
However, a barely noticeable problem that causes your HVAC system to run below its performance standards is the least of your worries with an unlicensed HVAC contractor. System safety, personal safety, worker safety, and warranties are much bigger problems associated with hiring unlicensed contractors.
Unlicensed Work Voids Manufacturers’ Warranties
Manufacturer warranties dictate that their warranties are voided if an unlicensed contractor performs the work. In the even that your HVAC system ever needs a repair or replacement that the manufacturer should cover, they will not be able to do so even if the system was installed properly.
When home owners don’t hire licensed contractors, they are forfeiting the warranty of the HVAC system they paid for, and raising the possibly of an expensive out-of-pocket repair or replacement cost down the road.
One of the most important things for a home owner to know when hiring licensed contractors, is that many of them outsource work to unlicensed workers. It is critical to ask your contractor exactly who will be doing the work, and to see their license number.
A tax receipt or invoice for example will not be enough, you will need to ask for the license number of the worker(s) to be sure that their work is reliable and will not void the manufacturer’s warranty.
At A-Tech Heating and Cooling, all of our HVAC technicians are licensed and we never outsource work to unlicensed contractors. This insures that we maintain a consistent high level of quality for our clients, and that we continue to hold our title of the most reliable HVAC guys in Las Vegas.
Personal and System Safety
In addition to guaranteeing that our technicians are licensed and skilled in working with HVAC systems, we go the extra mile to perform extensive background checks on our applicants. This insures that all home owners have their systems serviced by drug and crime-free licensed technicians.
While background checking our technicians insures home owners their personal safety, guaranteeing license servicing also guarantees them their safety through a safe system. An unlicensed contractor may incorrectly hook up an electrical or gas system, which could lead to a fire or other harmful consequences for the home owner.
By being licensed, A-Tech Heating and Cooling is also able to be insured. This means that on top of our quality guarantee, you are insured against system failures should they ever happen.
An unlicensed and uninsured contractor that gets hurt on the job can hold the home owner liable for their injury. Just like employees are entitled to worker’s compensation should they get injured working for a company, contractors are also entitled to worker’s comp should get insured working for a client.
To protect yourself against being responsible for an unlicensed or licensed contractor’s injury, always make sure to ask if they are covered by an insurance policy and their worker’s compensation coverage.
Legal Responsibility to Hire Licensed Contractors
In Las Vegas there are many building and work permit ordinances that have to be issued by the town office in order to legitimize the work. Since unlicensed contractors do not complete this necessary paperwork, any problems or investigations into the work may result in expensive fines.
Most of the time, the home owner is responsible for these fines since they are the property owner and are the individuals who should comply with their government’s rules.