AC Repair Technician

What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

Temperatures continue to creep up in Madera, which means one thing – your AC is about to go in to full blown summer mode and run more often than not. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead and have an AC repair technician identified if your air conditioner decides it’s worked long enough and breaks down.

Of course it’s not as simple as picking a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are a sufficient number of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your difficulty. That’s why Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. has put together a few things to keep an eye out for in an AC repair technician.

So how can you know if you’re dealing with a less than reputable AC repair technician?

1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work

It may be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they are around. Not only does this put you at risk of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to shoddy work and a great deal of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most reputable contractors will give you an estimate and will not make you pay prior to work beginning.

2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system

If a contractor hasn’t come by and examined your air conditioner to get the full picture of what is the problem with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they corrected the problem? Find someone who is willing to provide you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to fully recognize what the problem is. It can help you save money and time.

3) Won’t put it in writing

Never, ever settle on this one. If you can’t get a contractor to put their work and charges in writing, you can be handing over a signed, blank check. With any AC repair, you could run in to things here or there that also need to be taken care of, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract after.

Having a signed contract from the beginning means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being completed, what is being replaced, timeline for completion, and cost involved.

4) They aren’t licensed in your state

Of course, not all states require licensure for HVAC contractors, but a lot do. Do a quick search online to see if your state requires a license so you know what you’re asking for when searchin for a contractor. The benefit to living in a state that requires a license is that it keeps you from using a contractor with less than qualified workers, and in the chance you run in to a headache, you have the ability to report any issues with the work you received.

Usually when you encounter a contractor operating without a license in a state that requires it, you’re more than likely dealing with someone you shouldn’t be. There’s most likely a reason they don’t have a license and it’s easy to assume they’re up to no good.

Sure, these four tips may not stop every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you determine who to trust and who not to trust in the Madera area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced team at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 559-675-1681 or schedule your AC repair online through the online scheduler.