Heat on unlicensed HVAC contractor collecting large down-payments

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The heat is on a furnace and air-conditioning contractor not licensed to do work but who collected large down-payments anyway.

Waiting two months for installation of a new heating and air system has made it hard for Frances Kudirka to keep her cool. She waited for the installer to come by.

“I'd get up bright and early and think he’ll be here, and you know sit here all day, don’t call, nothing,” Kudirka said.

She paid Scott Iverson of AAA Residential Heating and Air $3,000 down on May 3.

“I have a fixed income," Kudirka said. "I can’t afford to lose $3,000.”

Six On Your Side confronted the HVAC contractor asking about his license.

"Ah I got a license holder," Iverson said. "That means I got somebody that pulls my permits for me.”

But not having a license violates city code, so he refunded Kudirka $1,900 and promised the rest by the end of the week.

Kudirka was grateful just the same.

"I didn’t think I would get this much," she said.

AAA Residential Heating and Air has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau for four complaints.

Iverson said he’ll take care of complaints and take the city’s test to become a licensed installer.