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Hiring a Qualified HVAC Contractor: What to Look For

Your home’s heating, cooling and ventilation systems help keep your home comfortable. When it breaks down or needs to be replaced, you need a qualified HVAC contractor to do the work. Taking the time to find the right contractor is worth it to get quality work with minimal risk.

What to Look for

Ask the HVAC contractor for proof of current licensing, insurance, and bonding.

  • License – To get a contractor’s license, a contractor must register with the state license-issuing agency. Before the agency gives out a license, the contractor must show proof they hold the minimum insurance and bonding required by the state. They must renew the license periodically.

HVAC professionals also need to hold a trade license. They show proof of education and experience before the state will issue the trade license. Most jurisdictions require the professional to take ongoing education courses to renew their license.

  • Insurance – HVAC contractors need to have two kinds of insurance: liability and workers’ compensation. Liability insurance covers property damage and any injuries that happen as a result of their work. Workers’ compensation covers any injuries workers get on the job. Both types of insurance help protect homeowners from claims being made against them.
  • Bond – A surety bond acts as insurance to protect a customer against a contractor’s mismanagement or shoddy work. It will cover the cost of completing incomplete work and repairing work done wrong. It helps cover financial obligations such as paying vendors and subcontractors if the contractor fails to do so.

Take the time to verify the proof provided by the contractor. A couple of phone calls or Internet searches will tell you whether this contractor is the one you want working on your system. If you are looking for a qualified HVAC contractor in Natchitoches, LA, with current licensing, insurance and bonding, choose us here at Pioneer Comfort Systems. We have provided quality workmanship, never compromising integrity, since 1960.