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What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

July 08, 2015

The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Carpentersville. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional chosen and suitably vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave.

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

1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work

A trustworthy 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 sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances 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 be able to truly diagnose it until they have actually inspected your system. Find a company that will provide you with an estimate only after conducting an inspection.

3) Refuses to Put it in Writing

If you’ve watched 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 work and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected costs after your repair is completed.

4) They aren’t licensed

Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but the majority do. You can look up online and see if licenses are required in your area. If you are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses unqualified workers. And any problems 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 look elsewhere.

These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a dependable AC repair technician in the Carpentersville area. The pros at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 224-412-8308 to set up an appointment up with us anytime.