What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Paso Robles. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional selected and properly vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be ideal if you could just select the first number out of the phone book and have confidence that they’ll do an acceptable 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air has some red flags to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work A credible company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company demanding 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 inkling of what is going wrong with your air conditioner over a phone call, but they won’t know for sure until they have actually inspected your system. Look for 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’s an absolute must to get it in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the labor and charges into writing, don’t have faith in them to complete the work. By getting a signed contract preceding the work you’re ensuring 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 the majority do. You can easily search 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 protecting yourself from a company that uses inexperienced workers. And any complaints or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you come across 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 dependable AC repair technician in the Paso Robles area. The pros at Paso Robles Heating and Air are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 805-238-7553 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.