“The HVAC business in Ontario and Canada is being take over by BIG companies”
"The big firms have lots of office staff to deal with all the red tape and bureaucracy, which is why they charge $78 a month for 20 years for a furnace that only costs $1,200 at the wholesaler."
By Steve Payne
Here’s a comment from HVAC contractor Mark Mitchell about another closure of a firm being blamed on “bullying by government agencies.”
“Another HVAC contractor, 20 years in business in Simcoe County (Barrie area) has closed his doors, citing excessive red tape, regulation, and bullying by government agencies as the reason. It is a sad reality for people that heat their homes with oil, that decent tradesmen are being forced out of the business, and their options for service are minimized. If there is no competition for the big guys, will pricing for home heating services go up or down?
“That’s not a hard one to figure out. People that live in rural areas are the ones paying the price, The home heating and water heating business in Ontario and Canada are being taken over by BIG companies, that don’t really care about furnaces or water heaters, just the financing they can profit from when they make a sale or have a rental contract signed. These companies have lots of office staff to deal with all the red tape and bureaucracy, which is why they charge $78/month for 20 years for a new furnace that only costs $1,200 at the wholesaler. Our lack of persistent opposition to the regulators that our driving our colleagues out of business is now catching up to those of us in the HVAC industry. How can other trades prevent this from happening to them?”