If you hire a repairman to service your A/C unit and he replaces a part but then turns the unit on and it blows, is he now responsible for replacing the unit?

Prior to service the unit turned on and ran fine.

Asked on June 19, 2014 under Business Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If the service person caused the damage in some way, such as through carelessness, using the wrong part, etc., then he would be liable, or responsible, for the full cost of repair (or if it can't be economically or practically repaired, replacement). But if he did not *cause* the blow-out, he would not be responsible. The fact that it blew out after he worked on it strongly suggests, but does not by itself prove, that he caused the blow out. To sue him and win (which is what you'd have to do if he will not voluntarily pay), you would likely need an expert opinion by some other contractor or repair person as to what happened.

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