Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Georgetown. 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 selected and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be ideal if you could just pick the first number out of the phone book and trust that they’ll do an acceptable 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 sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Miller Climate Control LLC has some red flags to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable 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 requesting payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another demand 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 educated guess 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. Find a company that will provide you with an estimate only after conducting an inspection.
3) Refuses to Put it in Writing
If you’ve viewed 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 job and charges into writing, don’t have faith in them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract preceding the work you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no surprise 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 reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find a company that is operating without a license, there’s almost certainly 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 dependable AC repair technician in the Georgetown area. The pros at Miller Climate Control LLC are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 512-937-2001 to set up an appointment up with us anytime.