What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Pacheco. 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 chosen and suitably vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice if you could just select the first number out of the phone book and be assured that they’ll do an acceptable job, but there are companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your unfortunate predicament. We don’t want to leave you sweating a crooked repairman or the heat so the team at Clean Air HVAC has some warning signs 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 before 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 frustrations 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 be able to truly diagnose it 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 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 labor and charges into writing, don’t have faith in them to complete the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re ensuring 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 the majority do. You can find out online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you are located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting yourself from a company that uses untrained 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 usually 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 dependable AC repair technician in the Pacheco area. The pros at Clean Air HVAC are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 925-689-7017 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.