Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor

Feb 5, 2021 | Uncategorized

If you’ve ever had HVAC work done, you probably know how expensive this can get quickly if things turn from bad to worse. Because the price of skilled labor can get high in a hurry, a lot of folks are tempted to cut costs by hiring an unlicensed technician. 

If this is something you are considering, we must warn you, the grade of work a lot these novice contractors do comes with a heavy price tag.

In addition to hidden costs associated with unlicensed labor, there’s a slew of liability and warranty problems that can arise, in addition to safety risks. If you add all this up, it’s easy to see why we warn our customers against hiring an HVAC contractor that isn’t state certified.

To illustrate the Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor, our licensed experts at Springfield Heating & Cooling put together the following list of risks:

Substandard Craftsmanship

In order to work on our customer’s homes, our technicians are screened before going through an extensive training program that involves in-house testing and hands-on skill assessments. Moreover, we mandate all our technicians become NATE-certified. We want our customers knowing our technicians have the highest skill-set, are utilizing the industry’s “Best Practices” and have skills that go well above and beyond what the state requires. 

Conversely, with an unlicensed contractor, the only assurance you get is the person’s word, if that. Like a lot of things in life, the saying “you get what you pay for” is highly applicable when it comes to HVAC work. Usually, an unlicensed technician sets their prices lower to compensate for inexperience, or even substandard craftsmanship. This unskilled, inexperienced level of skill that comes with the territory often costs more later on as it results in bigger problems or outright disaster. When you take into consideration the damage these fly-by-night contractors can cause to your expensive heating and cooling equipment, or the damage you’re risking to your home and your loved ones, finding a reputable company like Springfield Heating & Cooling, a fair-priced company that’s licensed really is the only way to go.

Voided Warranties

Beyond the damage that can be caused by an uncertified contractor’s poor craftsmanship, homeowners run another risk if they have someone like this work on their HVAC systems. Because almost all the manufacturers of HVAC equipment require customers to have a licensed technician perform maintenance, repair work and installation jobs, having someone who isn’t licensed do the work will make your warranty worthless. If there’s ever a problem with a part, something that’s not even your fault, you are responsible for paying for replacement because your warranty is voided.


Heating and cooling contractors that don’t take the time to take a test, usually don’t take the time to pay for insurance either. The two go hand in hand. On the other hand, licensed HVAC contractors typically carry liability insurance and worker’s compensation coverage. At Springfield Heating & Cooling, we purchase the maximum coverage for each and every one our technicians so as to leave no stone unturned. We feel if you’re going to do something, you should do it right. Having said that, if an unlicensed technician works on your system and doesn’t have insurance, you are liable for everything that happens. If they have an accident, become injured during the job or if work results in damage to the home, it’s going to cost you one way or another.

Safety Hazards

Homeowners who hire unlicensed HVAC contractors take one risk that you can’t put a price tag on, and that’s the safety risk. Keep this in mind, that poor craftsmanship doesn’t just affect your family’s comfort and budget. Ultimately it can put you and your loved ones in danger at the end of the day. If they work on any wiring and it’s not done properly, it can cause a fire. If they work on a gas furnace system, substandard craftsmanship can cause a gas leak, which could cause carbon monoxide poisoning, a fire or even death.

Don’t risk it! Have your HVAC work done right!

If you need help with any type of heating or cooling system, whether it be repair work or outright replacement, call the licensed and NATE-certified HVAC service technicians at Springfield Heating & Cooling today at 937-350-1881, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here!

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