What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

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It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Lake Forest. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise idea to have an AC repair professional selected and properly 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 be assured that they’ll do a good 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 shady repairman or the heat so the team at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has some cautionary signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company.

1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work

A credible 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 problems down the road having your problem fixed correctly or completely.

2) Quotes a Cost Prior to 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 certain until they have actually inspected your system. Choose 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 trust them to complete the work. By getting a signed contract before work begins you’re guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated costs following the completion of your repair.

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 safeguarding yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any grievances 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 credible AC repair technician in the Lake Forest area. The pros at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 949-204-0859 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.

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