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Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor

Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed HVAC Contractor

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If you’ve ever had heating or cooling problems, you probably know that HVAC systems can be expensive. For that very reason, a lot of people in Central Ohio are tempted to keep HVAC costs low by hiring an unlicensed contractor. 

Nonetheless, the work these contractors do comes with a host of risks in addition to hidden costs that come with shoddy craftsmanship.

Add to that the risks of liability issues, voided warranties and safety hazards and it’s clear to see why we say you should never hire an HVAC contractor that isn’t state certified.

To give you an idea of why we emphasize this, our licensed experts at Lebanon Heating & Cooling put together the following list of risks:

Shoddy Craftsmanship

In order to work for our company, our technicians must undergo extensive training, testing and hands-on skill assessments. They must be NATE-certified. These requirements we have in place help reassure homeowners that our technicians know what they’re doing. Anytime you hire an unlicensed contractor, the only assurance you have is their word.

It’s important to understand that like all things in life “you get what you pay for” holds true here. An unlicensed technician’s lower prices might be indicative of shoddy craftsmanship, which can end up costing you more down the road with bigger problems. Hiring a reputable company that’s licensed is the best way to avoid these risks.

Voided Warranties

Outside of problems caused by the contractor’s lack of skill, you run another risk of hiring someone who isn’t licensed, and that is voided warranties. Because HVAC system manufacturers require their customers to have maintenance, repairs and installations performed by a licensed contractor, hiring an unlicensed contractor could void your warranty, meaning you won’t be covered if you ever need to make a warranty claim.


If an HVAC contractor hasn’t taken the time to get their license, there’s a good chance they aren’t carrying insurance either. Licensed contractors usually carry liability and worker’s compensation insurance. We insure our technicians to the max. Without insurance, should anything happen or anyone become injured during the job, you are liable for what happens on your property.


Safety Hazards

Ultimately, less than average craftsmanship won’t merely impact your family’s comfort and budget. It can also put you and your loved one’s in harm’s way. If wiring is done incorrectly, it can cause a fire. If work is shoddy on a gas furnace, a gas leak could cause carbon monoxide poisoning or even lead to death.

Pay to have it done right!

If you need help with an HVAC installation, or if you need emergency repair services, call the licensed and NATE-certified HVAC service technicians at Lebanon Heating & Cooling today at (513) 540-1773, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here!