What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

July 08, 2015

It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Montoursville. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise idea to have an AC repair professional selected and properly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave.

It would be nice if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and trust that they’ll do a satisfactory job, but there are companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your unfortunate situation. We don’t want to leave you sweating a sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Airmen HVAC Service has some warning signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company.

1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work

A reputable company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company asking for payment prior to starting work should be called into question. Another request of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems down the road having your problem fixed properly or completely.

2) Quotes a Cost Before Inspection

A technician may have an educated guess of what is going wrong with your air conditioner simply by speaking with you, but they won’t know for sure until they have actually inspected your system. Choose a company that will provide you with an estimate only following an inspection.

3) Refuses to Put it in Writing

If you’ve seen even 5 minutes of a court show on TV, you know it doesn’t count unless it’s in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the labor and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to complete the work. By getting a signed contract preceding the work you’re guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected costs after work has been completed.

4) They aren’t licensed

Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can easily search online and see if licenses are required in your area. If you are located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses unqualified workers. And any grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find a company that is operating without a license, there’s most likely a reason for that and you’ll want keep clear.

These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a credible AC repair technician in the Montoursville area. The pros at Airmen HVAC Service are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 570-322-3131 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.