Licensed A/C Contractor versus The Unlicensed Guy who knows a lot about A/C
We all know having our Air Conditioner looked at, serviced, repaired or replaced can be costly and there can possibly be a longer wait than we would like. Sometimes this leads into thoughts of trying, “The Other Guy”, you know, the one you heard about somewhere, your neighbor knows him, maybe even your friend or brother. This guy did a really great job that one time and only charged a fraction of the normal cost and not only that his schedule was open and he was available immediately. Whatever the reason, we have for contacting “The Other Guy”, there are some things to be considered first. Continue reading to determine what is really best for you
Regulation in the Air Conditioning Industry exists for the purpose of protection, much like Insurance works to protect our property. This regulation protects the person performing the Air Condition work; it protects the person having the work done; more so, this particular regulation also protects our environment and the world we live in. The Licensed Contractor has learned these regulations, has made an agreement to honor these regulatory standards, and is held accountable to the same regulatory standards.
Insurance is comparable to assurance; this is what you get when you hire a licensed Air Condition Contractor. Freon being released into our air is harmful and licensed Contractors are very aware of the rules and regulations concerning Freon, it uses and how to manage and account for it accordingly. The credentials of those with licensure can be checked and reported on, based on the results anyone experiences from any particular contractor. If any Licensed Contractor does not comply or does not live up to the required standards, they may lose their license, regardless of how much they know about Air Conditioning.
“The Other Guy”, may be the one who had his license revoked, or the one who could not pass the testing required, or maybe even the one who did not bother to take courses in the first place. One thing we know for certain about “The Other Guy”, is that he has not chosen for whatever reason to learn and be held up to a standard that protects him/her, us and our neighborhood or our environment. “The Other Guys” work is not documented or verifiable, we have very limited recourse (if any) when we are not satisfied with his work, also there is no way of accounting for the environment, starting in our own back yard. In addition to a myriad of other factors that can occur from lack of knowledge including, but not limited to, causing an Air Condition Unit to need replaced unnecessarily, electrical issues to include possible fires, and the list goes on.
In summation, there are many intricate workings within an Air Condition unit and for everyone’s safety; Rules and Regulations have been developed, providing protection for Consumers, their neighbors, their property and even the very air that we breathe. The money or times that may be saved are costing more than you can ever begin to calculate. The price of satisfaction and safety are also incalculable. It only makes good cents to hire Only a licensed Air Condition expert every time, assurance is even better than insurance.