Warning to the Public About Hiring Unlicensed Contractors (arrest video)
When money is tight it seems that more scams are out there trying to rip you off. You need to be very aware of the tricks that unlicensed, inexperienced, uninsured contractors use to get business, at any cost to the consumer. This is especially true when it comes to heating and air conditioning, the result of picking the wrong or cheap contractor can be a threat to your home or your health and safety.
You may have noticed that a friend or neighbor may install heating and air during the day – asking him to help you or install it for him oputs him in a difficult position. If you hire him (and he isn’t the owner) you are about to make a potentially fatal mistake.
First of all heating employees are not usually licensed or insured and if they burn your home down, poison your family with carbon monoxide or he/she just plain gets hurt in your home, you are on the hook.
Depending on the technicians – some just can’t seem to keep their mouth’s closed and word gets out that you are working without permit; the city permitting agency will come visit. If there is no permit they will shut down your project or worse show up for an inspection and see that the water heater, kitchen or some other work was completed without a permit or not to code.
The ramifications of work being completed without a permit range from being shut down to the city demanding that the new kitchen you have without a permit needs to be torn out and redone to code. The video attached provides more information.
Dozens arrested in statewide unlicensed-contractors sting
Courtesy ABC7 Los Angeles:
So if you live in the San Jose area call Cold Craft, Inc. 408.374.7292 and schedule a safety inspection, maintenance, service or a quote for a replacement. Ask about specials. The special below is good for work perfromed before 11/29/13.
If you need help with temperature, contact Cold Craft, Inc.