Whenever you need to hire the services of an AC contractor, you obviously want a reputable and trustworthy individual to do the work for you. In order to ensure that you won’t get ripped off, you need to properly verify them as well as the company they represent. In some states as well as nationally, criminality runs rampant in the HVAC field. This is due in part because the competition in the HVAC industry is so intense but also because it is one of the more popular trades that prison inmates are educated in while serving their time.
The Online Verification Process
But don’t let that last comment scare you. There is a verification process that you can follow in order to be certain that you are hiring the right company or person to do the job for you. Start by looking up the state licensing division at your home state’s government website or visit the contractors-license.org website. Usually there is a portal or navigation link where you can find this so that you can look up the company or the contractor and verify that they are legitimate as well as if their certification, licensing, and registration are current.
Once you are at the contractors-license.org website, you will find a lot of comprehensive information and links to every state as well as links to the departments that handle contractor licensing. Simply click on the state you reside in and you will be redirected to the proper site that contains the applicable information for your state. There should be a link that directs you to information regarding the contractors you are considering, provided they are licensed to do HVAC work in your home state.
Click on that link in order to navigate to the page containing the request form and fill out all the information about each of the contractors you are considering as best you can. If they are licensed you will find the information you are looking for. If you do not find any, then chances are it is because that company or individual is not licensed in your home state. In some cases, there will be a space on the form where you can enter their contractor’s ID number which you should have before going online.
Usually, the name of the company will be linked to the ID number if they are a legitimate contractor. However, in some cases, it may only ask you for the contractor’s name or the name of the company they represent. Once you have all of the information you can find, compare it to the information the person gave you when you spoke to them in person or on the phone. All of the above will not protect you entirely from fraudulent or incompetent companies or contractors, but at least you’ll be protected from the scammers.
A Few Useful Tips And Warnings
In case you have concerns about the legitimacy of each contractor that you have listed on your checklist, just verifying their ID number is enough to assure you that your state is aware of this contractor and keeps track of them. Additionally, in order to be licensed the contractor must provide their Social Security number. Some states provide more information than others, depending on how thorough their licensing process is.
For example, they may or may not provide you with the expiration date of the contractor’s license. In closing, just remember that the responsibility for contractor verification rests on your shoulders. Finally, you should have the contract provide you with a copy of their state HVAC licensing in order to protect you should anything go wrong and you need to take legal action against them.