Whoever you choose to service your home or business should be a qualified individual with documented HVAC Business Licence and certification.
Since more than one license or accreditation are required, how would go about finding out for sure?
Below you can find the reasons why it matters.
INSURANCE AND LIABILITY
If a contractor is unlicensed, it’s likely that he or she isn’t insured either. How will he pay you for property damage?
Members of HRAC’s Heating and cooling Contractors Division have been pre-screened, ensuring they hold up-to-date trade licenses, qualifications and insurance coverage that you as a consumer should expect of their contractor.
BUILDING CODE COMPLIANCE
If the equipment is not built to current provincial standards, or a permit is not pulled, it may have to be removed or re-done properly. This is a costly inconvenience, and is easily avoidable by following the proper steps. A licensed contractor is invested and follows the rules.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND AND SCAMS
Unlicensed contractors may have criminal backgrounds, which include fraud and theft.
What happens if you pay a contractor who never comes back to do the service? Save yourself the worry and hire someone you know you can trust.
TESTING AND CERTIFICATION
Allowing an unqualified, inexperienced contractor to do any type of HVAC work on your home is a major risk.
For more than 40 years, The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) has encouraged a high standard of professional performance.
In addition to requiring trade certifications and licences, HRAI provides acclaimed technical training for its members, and works with regulators to define codes and standards in the best interest of all Canadians.