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4 Signs of an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor

Looking for a reputable Chicago HVAC contractor? To do HVAC work, contractors need to be licensed! State law requires that any individual performing work on HVAC systems in the state be appropriately licensed. A Chicago HVAC contractor will be able to show you their license. Unlicensed HVAC contractors lack the experience and training to do the job right. Here are 4 signs of an unlicensed contractor.

1. The contractor prefers a verbal agreement. The contractor prefers a verbal agreement and is unwilling to put all of the terms in writing. You should always get your anticipated work to be done in writing to be sure that there are no misunderstandings before the work begins.

2. The contractor does not have insurance: Nearly all homeowner insurance policies exclude coverage for personal injury or property damage where the work of a tradesman is involved. Tradesmen are required to carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Most unlicensed HVAC contractors cannot afford to purchase this protection leaving you exposed.

3. The contractor will not give any references. It is a good idea to request and check references or referrals before contracting and paying a contractor to perform any work for you. You can also check with the local office of the Better Business Bureau to determine whether any complaints have been filed.

4. The job doesn’t require a permit or inspection. Keep in mind that some service work requires a permit and/or inspection to be sure that they’re meeting the city codes. Make sure you find out if the job requires a permit or inspection before you hire an HVAC contractor.

Need HVAC repairs? Want to save on a new system? If you need a reputable Chicago HVAC contractor, call Heatmasters Heating & Cooling visit us to request a free estimate. Our licensed, fully trained HVAC contractors will treat you right!

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