Is it O.K. to Hire an Unlicensed HVAC Technician?

Many homeowners hire unlicensed HVAC technicians to save money.

The unfortunate reality suggests that there are a number of risks involved in making this decision. These risks can affect homeowners, family members, their health and safety, and finances.

At ClimateCare, we aim to keep our customers healthy and safe all year. We make it our priority to ensure that our technicians maintain up-to-date training and technical certifications. Before you decide to hire an unlicensed technician for your HVAC system, please consider the risks below.

Financial risks

Flying Canadian DollarsIt’s often the case that what you save in money you lose in:

  • Time.
  • Quality.

You may think you’re getting a bargain when you hire an unlicensed professional, but that’s debatable. If something were to go wrong with your heating and cooling system after it’s been installed by an unlicensed professional, you may be turned down for a refund or on-the-house repair. You may have to make the same purchase twice as a result or pay more for repairs if you decide to keep your faulty equipment.

ABW Halton ClimateCare’s WeCare Maintenance Plan or Protection Plus Plan helps lower these costs in the long run. We know that unexpected malfunctions happen and we want to make sure your HVAC system stays in good shape.

The liability issue

Most unlicensed technicians are unlikely to have the appropriate coverage from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). You could be liable for any injuries that occur on your property.

It’s always best to ask a technician for proof of coverage and licensing before you commit to any of their services.

If you decide to go ahead and hire technicians who do not have WSIB coverage, here are a couple of things to consider.

  • It may void your fire insurance.
  • You may have to pay the WSIB for the costs of injuries and rehabilitation for any occurrences on your property.

Your homeowner’s insurance will not cover these expenses and you will need to pay for them at your own expense.

Personal safety

gas furnace installationWhen you purchase HVAC equipment, you want to have the peace of mind that you will be comfortable and safe in your home. Since you’re relying on the expertise of the technician, you may not receive the quality results you expect when you hire an unlicensed technician. Your equipment may not be installed or repaired properly and your equipment may not function the way it’s intended to.

It’s always best to make an informed decision when you purchase an HVAC system.

At ABW Halton ClimateCare, we are with you every step of the way to make sure you know exactly what you’re receiving from us. If you have any questions about our products, services or guarantees, give us a call today to talk about it.