What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in West Columbia. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional chosen and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be ideal if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and have confidence that they’ll do a satisfactory 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 sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. has some warning signs to be on the lookout for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work A credible company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work should set off the alarm bells. Another sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances 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 know for sure until they have actually inspected your system. Choose a company that will provide you with an estimate only after conducting 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 work and charges into writing, don’t have faith in them to accomplish the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re guaranteeing 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 find out online and see if licenses are required in your state. If you are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find 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 trusted AC repair technician in the West Columbia area. The pros at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 803-796-9172 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.