When hiring an HVAC contractor, Ventura area homeowners should ensure that their service technicians are licensed, bonded and insured. Though these three qualities require a little extra time, effort and cost on the part of the professionals, they also provide peace of mind to heating and cooling clients. Why is it so important to chose the right hvac technician?
The state of California requires HVAC contractors to obtain a license at the state level from theCalifornia Contractors State License Board before performing this type of work. In order to obtain this license, there are certain requirements regarding experience, insurance and bonding. Experience is measured by exams contractors must take after obtaining a minimum of four years of non-trainee experience. This helps ensure that the technician working on your HVAC system has sufficient training and experience.
What Is Bonding?
The bonding process requires all applicants to undergo a criminal background check through the submission of their fingerprints. Surety bonds of $20,000 and at least $2,500 in working capital are required to prove the company’s financial stability. These financial requirements help protect homeowners in the event of non-performance or if the company becomes insolvent during a contracted job.
Insurance for HVAC Contractors
The requirement of workers’ compensation insurance protects homeowners in the event the contractor’s employees are injured while on their property. This reduces the chance of legal repercussions in situations where the homeowner hasn’t acted negligently.
Pacific Aire Heating and Cooling goes beyond the state requirements to be licensed, bonded and insured. We take the added steps of being fully insured for liability to cover any damage that may happen during a repair or installation. Our technicians are NATE-certified and receive ongoing training to ensure our customers are getting the best service possible. Finally, our technicians are drug-tested as an added assurance to our customers’ safety.
If you’ve got questions about the importance of hiring licensed, bonded and insured servicemen and women, or if you have any heating or cooling concerns, contact Pacific Aire. We’re proud to handle the HVAC needs of homeowners in the Ventura and Santa Barbara area.
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