Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Arlington. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise idea to have an AC repair professional chosen and suitably vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be optimal if you could just select the first number out of the phone book and trust that they’ll do a good 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 crooked repairman or the heat so the team at Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning has some warning signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work
A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company asking for 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 accurately or completely.
2) Quotes a Cost Ahead of Inspection
A technician may have an educated guess 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. 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 seen 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 confidence in them to accomplish the work. By getting a signed contract preceding the work you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated costs after your repair is completed.
4) They aren’t licensed
Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but the majority do. You can look up online and see if licenses are required in your area. 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 complaints or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you encounter a company that is operating without a license, there’s most likely a reason for that and you’ll want keep clear.
These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a trusted AC repair technician in the Arlington area. The pros at Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 360-255-5857 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.