Company deliberately avoided seeking building department permits
DENVER- After a two-day hearing, Denver District Court Judge Robert L. McGahey Jr. granted the Attorney General’s motion for a preliminary injunction against defendants Mile High Heating & Cooling, LLC, and its owner, Kevin Dykman. The injunction prevents the defendants from engaging in any activity related to the sale, installation, service or repair of furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, air conditioning units or any other type of HVAC equipment.
During the hearing, the Attorney General presented testimony from consumers, former employees and building department officials that showed that owner Kevin Dykman and his companies refused to obtain required building permits prior to installing HVAC equipment in their customers’ homes. Mile High Heating & Cooling did not tell its customers about the building permit requirement, or told them that they could waive the permit requirement. In failing to obtain building permits, Mile High avoided inspection of their work by local building departments.
A 95-year-old Sheridan woman testified that she purchased a furnace from Mile High Heating & Cooling in 2015, and that that its technicians “did not look like they knew what they were doing” during the installation. Later that evening, her carbon monoxide alarms went off and she called the fire department. The City of Sheridan Chief Building Official testified that Mile High Heating & Cooling had not pulled a building permit. Testimony from an inspector for the City and County of Denver established that Mile High Heating & Cooling had operated without a license in Denver and had not obtained building permits for its HVAC installations.
Mile High Heating & Cooling advertised “expert” HVAC services while frequently sending unqualified technicians to perform the work. A former manager testified he quit working at Mile High Heating & Cooling because it hired inexperienced technicians and Kevin Dykman would not pay for building permits. Judge McGahey ruled that consumers, at minimum, were entitled to receive services that were safe and compliant. Judge McGahey scolded Kevin Dykman for imposing his business model on an “unsuspecting public” while noting that many of Dykman’s victims were elderly
The Colorado Attorney General’s Office extends its gratitude to the City of Sheridan Building Department, the City and County of Denver Development Services, Inspection Services, and numerous other local building departments for their assistance with this investigation.
If you believe that your furnace, boiler heater, hot water heater, air conditioning unit or other HVAC equipment was installed by these companies, we recommend that you
- Contact Xcel energy at 1-800-895-2999 if you suspect any form of gas leak.
- Make sure that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are functioning properly.
- Contact your local building department to find out if a permit was obtained, and if not, how to have your HVAC equipment properly permitted and inspected.
- Report it here.
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