Beware Of Unlicensed HVAC Technicians

Beware Of Unlicensed HVAC Technicians

Beware of Unlicensed HVAC Technicians

When choosing an HVAC tech for your heating and air conditioning repairs, you want to be sure that you are choosing the right company.

Riding in an airplane being flown by an unlicensed pilot or seeing a doctor who isn’t licensed is risky, and is probably something you don’t want to do. Hiring an unlicensed HVAC contractor can also be dangerous and expensive.

While hiring an unlicensed technician may seem like a good way to save money on HVAC repairs, it probably isn’t. The “discounted” rates offered by unlicensed HVAC repair people could end up costing you a lot of money and could even pose serious health risks to you and your family.


By law, HVAC technicians in Texas must be licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The TDLR warns that “contracting with an unlicensed individual for air conditioning and heating repairs can be hazardous”. Why would that be? HVAC systems contain potential hazards, not the least of which is the refrigerant used in air conditioners and the natural gas that fuels many furnaces. While these substances pose no threat to the homeowner when handled by a licensed and certified technician, they can be quite dangerous in the hands of unqualified personnel. Some of the HVAC components are also electrically powered, so you definitely want a technician who is licensed.


HVAC systems have multiple components such as evaporator coils, condensing units, refrigerant lines, electrical controls, expansion valves, compressors, and motors, to name just a few. When your HVAC system isn’t working properly, you want to be sure to have it inspected and repaired by someone who has proven his understanding of the components and is competent to diagnose and correct the problem. An unlicensed technician hasn’t written the TDLR’s exam so he has not conclusively demonstrated his competence. With an unlicensed technician, you can never really be sure if the part he’s replacing is going to resolve the problem and you could find his mistakes very costly.


Commercial liability insurance coverage is an absolute must for licensed contractors in Texas. This protects the homeowner. If a technician is unlicensed, there’s a very good chance that he’s also uninsured. If the uninsured technician causes damage to your home or injury to himself, you could easily be held liable for the costs.


If you hire a company or individual that has not been trained correctly, you have no way to assure that the work will be done to code. A reputable HVAC company will comply with codes and will back their work with warranties. An unlicensed, uninsured technician will most likely not make good on any incomplete or improperly done repairs, and the chances are you’ll have to pay someone else to have them done right.

Your Best Bet for HVAC Repairs in Forney, Texas

A licensed technician is always best for HVAC repairs.

You can trust the licensed, certified, and insured professionals at Forney Air. Forney Air is renowned for stellar customer service, providing same-day service and repair for all makes and models of heating and central air conditioning units at affordable prices.

Our trucks are stocked with commonly-needed parts. When our technician arrives, he’ll be equipped to handle almost any repair or adjustment your unit needs. And with our wide network of local suppliers, we can usually get major parts the same day!

Call us today at (214) 924-9745 or contact us online.


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