Thursday, October 18, 2012

Customers have lots to loose when they employ unlicensed HVAC contractors.


Home owners should not employ unlicensed HVAC contractors to undertake paid HVAC work at their homes and businesses. Besides being a safety issued unlicensed contractors do not carry insurance and cannot honor warranties. Their work may be cheaper because they carry no responsibilities. Insurance companies will not cover defects or home incidents that resulted after work was undertaken by unlicensed contractors. It is not worth the risk to personal life, life of animals and property to have unlicensed contractors undertake HVAC work. Also unlicensed contractors are usually unstable and are unable to be reached to undertake repairs.

The Texas the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Enforcement Division carries out “stings” across the state to catch unlicensed businesses offering to perform air conditioning services. It is against the law to perform air conditioning (A/C) service or maintenance without a license.
The following individuals were caught in TDLR “stings” during the first quarter of 2012:
Costco Wholesale Corporation                                                                                                       Houston
Anthony Pena                                                                                                                                     Houston Austin’s Affordable A/C & Heating (Marc T. Wyatt)                                                                       
Precision Air Conditioning & Heating Services (Juan Gonzalez)                                                Houston Fernando A/C Refrigeration (Gerzoon F. Calderon)  
Long’s A/C & Heating Service (Thomas V. Long)                                                                           Houston
Donnie Norris                                                                                                                                       Houston
Phillips Mechanical (Russell Phillips)                                                                                             Houston
Santos Air Conditioning & Heating (Santos Clemente Paiz)                                                         Houston
TanGar Enterprises (Garnett D. Dubose)                                                                                        Houston
Men on a Mission (Delmer W. Hunter)                                                                                               Houston
Renaissance Building and Design (Brian Thomas Tow)                                                              Houston

EPAn EPA certification is needed for certain home painting jobs.

By Peter Landau, Editor, Indoor Comfort News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that renovation, repair and
painting of pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities for compensation must now be
conducted using safe practices to protect children and pregnant women from exposure to
lead-based paint.

EPA proposed the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), which require
contractors to be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices, in 2006. In 2008, EPA
finalized the rule and set April 22, 2010 as the implementation date. To date, EPA has
certified 204 training providers who have conducted more than 6,900 courses, training an
estimated 160,000 people in the construction and remodeling industries to use lead-safe
work practices.

According to the Federal Register, the opt-out provision that currently exempts a firm
from the training and work-practice requirements of the rule where the firm obtains a
certification from the owner of a residence he or she occupies that no child under age six
or pregnant women resides in the home and the home is not a child-occupied facility is
removed effective July 6, 2010.

Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renovating six
square feet or more of painted surfaces in a room for interior projects or more than twenty
square feet of painted surfaces for exterior projects or window replacement or demolition
in housing, child care facilities and schools built before 1978.

Contractors who perform renovation, repairs and painting jobs in pre-1978
housing and child-occupied facilities for compensation must, before beginning
work, provide owners, tenants and child-care facilities with a copy of EPA’s lead
hazard information pamphlet “Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard
Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools,” dated April 10,
2010, before starting work. It is available here: The brochure is expected to
be amended sometime in July.
Child care facilities, including preschools and kindergarten classrooms, and the
families of children under six years of age that attend those facilities; renovators
must provide a copy of this pamphlet to child care facilities and general
renovation information to families whose children attend those facilities.
Certification is a two-stage process, beginning with individual certification that requires
one member of the contracting firm take an accredited eight-hour training course, pass an
exam and be entered into an EPA Headquarters database in Washington, D.C. The
individual will get a photo identification card and a Certificate

Homes owners should be vigilant and ensure contractors are certified prior to they undertaking home painting jobs. If your home was constructed before 1978 the possibility exists that lead paint was used. Lead has been proven to be hazadorous especially to children.

Jules Williams.
Building Analyst.