AC Repair Technician

What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in the Bay Area. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional chosen 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 situation. We don’t want to leave you sweating a shady repairman or the heat so the team at Contra Costa Heating & AC has some warning signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company.

1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work

A reputable company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another demand of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to frustrations down the road having your problem fixed accurately or completely.

2) Quotes a Cost Ahead of Inspection

A technician may have an idea of what is going wrong with your air conditioner just by talking 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 watched 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 trust 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 surprise costs after your repair is completed.

4) They aren’t licensed

Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but a great number of them do. You can find out 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 unqualified workers. And any complaints or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you encounter a company that is operating without a license, there’s almost certainly 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 the Bay Area area. The pros at Contra Costa Heating & AC are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 510-343-9841 to schedule an appointment up with us anytime.

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