What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Phoenix. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional chosen and properly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be optimal if you could just pick the first number out of the phone book and trust that they’ll do an acceptable 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 crooked repairman or the heat so the team at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc has some warning signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work A reputable 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 sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances down the road having your problem fixed properly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Before Inspection A technician may have an idea of what is going wrong with your air conditioner over a phone call, but they won’t be able to truly diagnose it until they have actually inspected your system. Look for a company that will provide you with an estimate only after an inspection. 3) Refuses to Put it in Writing If you’ve viewed 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 have confidence in them to accomplish the work. By getting a signed contract before work begins you’re ensuring that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no surprise costs after work has been completed. 4) They aren’t licensed Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can find out online and see if licenses are required in your area. If you are located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses unqualified 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 usually 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 Phoenix area. The pros at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 602-997-5701 or arrange an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.