Nowadays, it’s necessary to take extra measures to ensure you’re receiving the quality service you expect and deserve. In fact, it’s wise to establish a maintenance relationship with a reputable contracting company for home-comfort essentials, such as plumbing and heating, so you know you can depend on someone in an emergency. Find out why the HVAC pros you call to your home should be licensed, bonded and insured.
Sooner or later, home systems malfunction to the point where repair or replacement is required. Hiring a company without the proper and legal credentials to conduct business leaves the door open for all sorts of financial problems and headaches. Make sure the company you hire adheres to the following:
- Licensed – The contractor you hire should be in full compliance with local trade and government regulations. When an HVAC and plumbing contractor is licensed, it means the company has taken the proper steps to be granted trade-specific credentials in compliance with local and state laws. Competency testing for trade skills and best business practices are required, as well as proof of bonding and insurance. If a cooling repair is necessary involving refrigerant charging or reclaiming, the contractor should be U.S. EPA-certified to handle refrigerants.
- Bonded – A bonded contractor provides you with an extra layer of financial security. “Bonded” means that the contractor has an arrangement with a third party, such as the local municipality or private bond issuer, to settle any disagreements or petitions for financial reimbursement in the event that work performed was sub-par, property damage occurred, or there’s outstanding money owed to sub-contractors.
- Insured – An insured company protects you from liability should an accident occur on your property. HVAC and plumbing companies should provide you with insurance information, such as an authentic Certificate of Insurance, which clearly displays the insurance coverage amount and types of coverage. Make sure you call the insurance company to confirm the policy is paid up to date and valid.
To speak with a fully licensed, bonded and insured company that has served the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928, please contact us at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.
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