Temperatures continue to climb in West Columbia, 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 crucial to plan ahead and have an AC repair technician identified if your air conditioner decides it’s worked too much and breaks down.
Of course it’s not as basic as picking a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are plenty of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your difficulty. That’s why Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. has put together a couple things to look for in an AC repair technician.
So how can you know if you’re dealing with a shady AC repair technician?
1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work
It can be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they exist. Not only does this put you at risk of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to shoddy work and a lot of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most respected contractors will offer an estimate and will not make you pay in advance of the work being done.
2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system
If a contractor hasn’t come out and checked your air conditioner to get the full picture of what is the issue with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they took care of the concern? Find someone who is willing to offer you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to completely comprehend 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 might run in to things here or there that also need attention, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract after.
Having a signed contract from the get-go means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being worked on, 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 many do. Do a quick search online to see if your state requires a license so you know what you’re asking for when contacting a contractor. The benefit to living in a state that requires a license is that it guards you from using a contractor with less than capable workers, and in the event you run in to an issue, you can to report any issues with the work you received.
Normally when you encounter a contractor doing business 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 figure they’re up to no good.
Sure, these four tips may not prevent every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you determine who to trust and who not to trust in the West Columbia area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced pros at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 803-265-4208.