What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Colfax. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional identified and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and have confidence that they’ll do a good 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 Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning has some warning signs to watch 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 before beginning any work. Any company requesting payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another request 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 inkling of what is going wrong with your air conditioner just by talking with you, but they won’t know for sure until they have actually inspected your system. Find a company that will provide you with an estimate only following an inspection. 3) Refuses to Put it in Writing If you’ve watched 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 work and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to finish 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 unexpected costs after your repair is 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 living 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 encounter a company that is operating without a license, there’s usually 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 trusted AC repair technician in the Colfax area. The pros at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 509-397-3622 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.