Why You Should Hire an HVAC Contractor That’s Licensed, Bonded and Insured
When you hire an HVAC contractor to perform work in your home, you’re putting your comfort and safety in their hands. This makes it vital that you know for sure that a company is responsible and reliable. As part of the process of narrowing down your choices, it’s wise to contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB), check a prospect’s history with the state licensing board, and ask each contractor if they’re licensed, bonded, and insured.
An ethical HVAC professional will gladly provide you with their state license number, bonding information, and proof of liability insurance coverage. Let’s look at what these three key credentials mean, and the benefits they offer you:
Trustworthy HVAC contractors are licensed through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). In order to qualify, a contractor must meet the education and experience requirements, and pass the state licensing exam. As part of the application process, they must provide proof of insurance, and reveal any prior disciplinary actions or criminal convictions. When you hire a licensed contractor, you’ll have peace of mind that they’re qualified and reputable.
A reliable HVAC company will ensure that they’ve met the bonding requirements of the municipalities where they perform work. A bond is similar to an insurance policy. It protects a homeowner when their contractor neglects to pay their subcontractors, doesn’t pull required permits, or leaves other job-related debts unpaid. When you choose an HVAC contractor who’s bonded, you won’t be held responsible for unfair and unexpected expenses.
A reliable HVAC contractor will have general liability insurance coverage in place before they apply for a state license. In Texas, a residential contractor must have the required minimum coverage for property damage and bodily injury, along with separate coverage for products and completed operations. Some homeowner’s policies don’t provide protection against such accidents or damages, which makes it vital that you hire an HVAC contractor who’s adequately insured.
To speak with a fully licensed, bonded, and insured HVAC contractor with over 23 years of experience serving homeowners in the Trinity area, contact us today at WA Air Conditioning.
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March 21, 2014 7:38 pm