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When your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner needs maintenance or repairs, you might be tempted to use a general handyman or call on a friend or relative who is good with tools.
Why should you spend more for a trained, bonded HVAC technician? Here are five compelling reasons.
Protect Your Home and Family
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Home heating and cooling systems are complicated and constantly evolving. A professional HVAC technician has to attend ongoing training to maintain his license, so he or she always has access to information about what the latest safety protocols are. A handyman might have learned about HVAC systems before the technology inside your model was even invented and could damage your system or expose your family to fire and gas hazards.
Meet Inspection Standards
Saving money on repairs now could be very costly in the future if your home can’t pass local inspections when you’re ready to sell it. A licensed technician with up-to-date knowledge of industry standards is much more likely to produce work that will pass a housing inspection. Cities and counties usually require that the house pass inspection before you can sell, so any work that isn’t up to code will have to be redone at that time to meet local standards.
Bond Protection Is in Place
When a worker is “bonded,” it means the company has purchased a “surety bond” through a third-party company. A bond is like an insurance policy that benefits the homeowner if problems arise. If you can prove that your contractor didn’t complete the work properly or did a very poor job, you might be able to get reimbursed by the bond company. If you hire an unbonded, unlicensed worker and aren’t happy with the results, or if the worker damages your expensive system, you’ll be left taking him or her to smalls claims court and then trying to collect any settlement yourself.
Insurance Against Damage
What if the contractor drops a piece of heavy equipment and damages your flooring, or drives his or her truck into your garage, or gets injured on your property? A reputable company that bonds and trains its staff will also carry insurance, including liability and worker’s compensation, to protect its workers against injury and your home against damage.
A well-trained HVAC technician will check all your connections, lubricate moving parts, and advise you on the best ways to use your system efficiently. All these things will help keep your heater and air conditioner running smoothly and hold your power bills down. An untrained worker might be able to manage some simple repairs or maintenance tasks but might not know how to maintain your system so that it runs at its peak efficiency.
Hiring a well-trained and bonded technician to service your HVAC maintenance and repairs is a wise decision. Your furnace, heat pump, and air conditioner are some of the most expensive systems in your home and are vulnerable to being damaged by a well-meaning worker who doesn’t have the necessary training. Your power bills and your family’s safety are also on the line when you have HVAC work done.