It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Rochester. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional selected and suitably vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be nice if you could just pick 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 shady repairman or the heat so the team at Brogan Heating & AC 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 Ahead of Starting Work
A credible company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work should set off the alarm bells. 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 simply by speaking with you, but they won’t know for certain until they have actually inspected your system. Look for a company that will provide you with an estimate only after conducting an inspection.
3) Refuses to Put it in Writing
If you’ve watched 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 finish the work. By getting a signed contract before work begins you’re making certain 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 a great number of them do. You can easily search online and see if licenses are required in your state. If you are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting yourself from a company that uses inexperienced workers. And any problems or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you come across 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 dependable AC repair technician in the Rochester area. The pros at Brogan Heating & AC Inc are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 507-218-0088 to schedule an appointment up with us anytime.