With winter looming, comfort takes on a distinct image of staying warm and toasty. But when you need work done in your home or office, you should also feel a sense of comfort with the service providers you choose. After all, they have access to the people and possessions you most treasure. Make sure your HVAC technician is both licensed and bonded for your protection.
Licensed trade professionals demonstrate key competencies and skills, then pass written standardized tests to document their knowledge. These tests comply with state and local laws. Specialty contractors, like HVAC technicians, require more specific experience and education than general contractors. Continuing education also is often required. Note license numbers of providers and assure their licenses are current and valid. You can learn more about specific requirements for Wichita licensing and any disciplinary actions taken against companies through the local regulating board. Using unlicensed workers may result in inferior work or disruption of projects during inspection. In this situation, you have little recourse to recoup any losses.
Bonding provides an avenue of recourse if a contractor fails to uphold their promises. Surety agencies act as intervening third parties, holding a bond or fund until work is completed to the satisfaction of the consumer. The consumer is also protected from financial obligations left by a contractor owing subcontractors, permit fees or suppliers. Even property damage and theft can be compensated. The bonding agency reimburses after a complaint is filed and investigation occurs. Document your contractor’s bond number and verify it is current. Keep detailed records of the progression of your project to help substantiate any claim made to a bonding agency. Photos can be particularly useful in this regard. The Better Business Bureau can assist you with information or complaints.
Using an established company like Comfort Systems will help your project go smoothly. We use only licensed and bonded technicians and have proudly served the Wichita area’s heating and cooling needs since 1953. Contact us to learn more about our services and qualified technicians, and check out our blog for more information and tips.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about licensing and bonding and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.