AC Repair Technician

What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Lodi. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional selected and suitably vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave.

It would be optimal if you could just select 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 predicament. We don’t want to leave you sweating a shady repairman or the heat so the team at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning has some red flags to look 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 asking for payment prior to starting work should be called into question. Another sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances 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 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 it’s an absolute must 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 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 surprise costs after work has been completed.

4) They aren’t licensed

Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can easily search 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 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 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 dependable AC repair technician in the Lodi area. The pros at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 209-257-3156 to schedule an appointment up with us anytime.

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