Temperatures continue to rise in Houston, which means one thing – your AC is about to go in to full blown summer mode and run more often than not. That’s why it’s so critical to plan ahead and have an AC repair technician identified if your air conditioner decides it’s worked long enough and breaks down.
Of course it’s not as easy as picking a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are plenty of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your difficulty. That’s why Marcos AC & Heating has put together a few things to look for in an AC repair technician.
So how might you know if you’re dealing with a shady AC repair technician?
1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work
It can be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they are around. Not only does this put you in jeopardy of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to careless work and a great deal of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most trustworthy contractors will offer an estimate and will not make you pay before the work begins.
2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system
If a contractor hasn’t come out and examined your air conditioner to get the complete picture of what is the problem with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they corrected the concern? Find someone who is willing to give you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to wholly understand what the problem is. It can help you save money and time.
3) Won’t put it in writing
Never, ever settle on this one. If you can’t get a contractor to put their work and charges in writing, you are basically handing over a signed, blank check. With any AC repair, you could run in to things here or there that also need to be taken care of, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract afterwards.
Having a signed contract from the start means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being completed, what is being changed, timeline for completion, and cost involved.
4) They aren’t licensed in your state
Of course, not all states require licensure for HVAC contractors, but many do. Do a quick search online to see if your state requires a license so you know what you’re asking for when finding a contractor. The benefit to living in a state that requires a license is that it keeps you from using a contractor with less than qualified workers, and in the event you run in to an issue, you can to report any issues with the work you received.
Typically when you encounter a contractor doing business without a license in a state that requires it, you’re more than likely dealing with someone you shouldn’t be. There’s most likely a reason they don’t have a license and it’s easy to figure they’re up to no good.
Sure, these four tips may not stop every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you identify who to trust and who not to trust in the Houston area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced experts at Marcos AC & Heating to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 713-469-3357.