HVAC Contractors License NC-19497 VA-2710056472
With the economy still unstable, there are many people that have started there own business. You do not have to be licensed by the State Board to start your own business but to replace or install a new Heating and Air Conditioning System you do.
Beware of any contractor who arrives at your home and announces a "serious" problem that must be taken care of immediately. Don't be afraid to take the time to get a second opinion.
Be sure the contractor has a permanent business location and telephone number. Verify them. A contractor who operates a business out of the back of a van with a cellular telephone may be difficult or impossible to find to complete a job or fix something that has gone wrong after the last bill is paid.
Make sure the contractor has liability insurance coverage and workers compensation.
Obtain at least three estimates or bids for the work you need; do not automatically accept the lowest. Remember, the cost of materials and quality will affect the bid. A low bid based on inferior materials may not be any bargain; so consider more than the price alone. Also, beware any bid substantially lower than the others.
When you need a contractor for heating air conditioning, make sure the contractor has the appropriate license. You have few recourses, legal and otherwise, if you hire an unlicensed contractor. Since few unlicensed contractors have adequate insurance, they may expose you to significant financial harm in the event of injury or property damage. Although an unlicensed contractor may give you a low bid, the risks of possible financial and legal consequences you may face probably outweigh any benefits a lower bid may seem to offer.
Beware of a contractor who says he works under another contractor’s license. It is illegal for one contractor to use another contractor’s license, just as it is illegal for someone to use someone else’s driver’s license.