What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

July 08, 2015

Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Paso Robles. 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 suitably vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave.

It would be ideal 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 circumstances. We don’t want to leave you sweating a shady repairman or the heat so the team at Paso Robles Heating and Air has some warning signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company.

1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work

A reputable company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company requesting payment prior to starting work should set off the alarm bells. Another demand of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to frustrations down the road having your problem fixed correctly or completely.

2) Quotes a Cost Prior to 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 following an inspection.

3) Refuses to Put it in Writing

If you’ve viewed even 5 minutes of a court show on TV, you know you have 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 confidence in them to accomplish 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 a great number of them do. You can look up online and see if licenses are required in your state. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses inexperienced 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 usually 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 Paso Robles area. The pros at Paso Robles Heating and Air are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 805-203-8667 to schedule an appointment up with us anytime.