Hiring an HVAC professional to properly install, repair, or service your air conditioning system can at times seem expensive. However, hiring an unlicensed and uninsured individual or company can be catastrophic. In many instances, the unlicensed contractor will lack the proper knowledge to perform the job or will use deficient products and parts to save money all while charging their clients an “excellent” price. What homeowners fail to realize is that in the end this will often cost them twice: once to the unlicensed company and then again to a professional HVAC service to correct to the problem.
What Does It Mean to Be A Licensed and Professional HVAC Contractor?
In Florida, licensed air conditioning professionals are governed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. This department ensures that licensed HVAC professionals have all the required testing, experience, background checks, and continuing education credits necessary to receive and maintain a license. Requirements to hold either A or B Air Conditioning Contractor License in Florida include:
- Sit for two examinations: one for business/finance and the other for the desired trade
- Provide credit report and financial statement from the current year
- Have a net worth of $2,500 – $20,000
- Maintain general liability insurance: $100,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage
Local Governments Take Action
With the prevalence of unlicensed contractors offering subpar services and delivering defunct products, local governments have stepped in to help enforce state licensing requirements. In order to help homeowners, protect their investment, some county and municipal governments have established hotlines or created dedicated points of contact for those who want to double check on the credibility of the contract they’re hiring. For example, The City of Port St. Lucie’s Building Department has established a number of resources to help homeowners research contractors before hiring them. You can call the Port St. Lucie Contractor Licensing Office at (772) 871-5062 to learn more about the contractor you wish to hire.
American Air Cares is proud to be a licensed and insured air conditioning contractor. We believe in providing our clients and customers with the best possible service and products all while in adherence to the laws that govern our industry. These laws are in place to protect consumers and we uphold and exceed these standards because we understand your needs for first, reliable, and affordable air conditioning repair and installation services. Our team of HVAC professionals stand at the ready to answer any question you may have regarding the air conditioning repairs and services you and your family need. In Port St. Lucie, your best bet for high quality HVAC servicing, repairs, and installations is American Air Cares. Call us today at 772-252-6083 to learn more about how we can help.