An HVAC Independent Contractor Agreement is a written agreement between an HVAC contractor and a new client, stating the contractor’s terms for performing the work, and the client will pay the contractor. This agreement may also lay out circumstances in which the working relationship could be terminated.
- Lays out the terms of the job in clear terms so both parties know what to expect
- Sets the rules and parameters for the project and payment of the project
- Serves as a written agreement that is legally binding and enforceable
- Helps both parties navigate any conflicts
What Is an HVAC System?
HVAC stands for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.” The term refers to the combination of heating, cooling, and ventilation that may exist in a location such as:
- Air conditioners
- Heat pumps and other alternative systems
All of these units combined make up your HVAC system.
HVAC Technician Responsibilities
HVAC technicians are responsible for installing, repairing, and replacing HVAC systems. If there’s ever a problem with heating and cooling, an HVAC contractor can come in, assess the issue, and hopefully fix it. This includes:
- Installing new or replacement heating and cooling units
- Installing ductwork
- Doing necessary repairs on HVAC systems
- Conducting HVAC inspections and regular maintenance
- Conducting an energy efficiency audit of HVAC systems
Licensing and Certification
Whether an HVAC contractor is required to have a license varies from state to state. It’s always wise to check the state requirements for licensing and certification before setting up shop. At the very least, HVAC contractors will need a business license to conduct business as such.
Even when not required, licensing and certification can add credibility to an HVAC contractor’s credentials. This can make them more competitive and add more sway when drafting and negotiating an independent contractor agreement.
Salary and Hourly Rate
The average annual salary in the US for an HVAC contractor is $90,072  . However, there is a wide range in HVAC contractor income, from as low as $17,415 annually to as high as $461,723.
Income greatly depends on where the contractor lives, their level of experience, and what HVAC work they can do and do well. A reputable, experienced HVAC contractor may receive a higher pay rate on average than a contractor just starting out.
Below, you can download an HVAC independent contractor agreement in PDF or Word format: