The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely 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 identified and thoroughly 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 have confidence 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 shady 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 unreliable company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work
A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company requesting payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. 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 know for certain until they have actually inspected your system. Choose a company that will provide you with an estimate only after 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 doesn’t count unless it’s 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 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 unanticipated costs following the completion of your repair.
4) They aren’t licensed
Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can look up online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses inexperienced workers. And any problems or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you encounter 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 credible 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 602-832-7808 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.