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 certainly heating up here in Lodi. Your AC will need to be ready 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 problems surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be optimal if you could just select the first number out of the phone book and have confidence 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 sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning has some warning signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of 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 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 over a phone call, but they won’t know for sure until they have actually inspected your system. Look for a company that will provide you with an estimate only following an inspection. 3) Refuses to Put it in Writing If you’ve seen 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 find out 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 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 look elsewhere. 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 209-368-0556 or arrange an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.