It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Safford. 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 suitably 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 a good job, but there are companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your unfortunate situation. We don’t want to leave you sweating a shady repairman or the heat so the team at B&D Air Conditioning has some cautionary signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest 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 be called into question. Another request of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems down the road having your problem fixed accurately or completely.
2) Quotes a Cost Ahead of Inspection
A technician may have an inkling 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 following 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 faith in them to complete 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 unexpected costs following the completion of your repair.
4) They aren’t licensed
Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but the majority do. You can easily search 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 safeguarding 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 most likely a reason for that and you’ll want to stay away.
These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a trusted AC repair technician in the Safford area. The pros at B&D Air Conditioning are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 928-432-6018 to schedule an appointment up with us anytime.