What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015Temperatures continue to creep up in Columbia, which means one thing – your AC is about to go in to full blown summer mode and run more often. That’s why it’s so crucial to plan ahead and have an AC repair technician identified if your air conditioner decides it’s worked too much and breaks down. Of course it’s not as simple as choosing a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are plenty of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your hardship. That’s why Alltemp Comfort Services LLC has put together a couple things to search for in an AC repair technician. So how can you know if you’re dealing with an untrustworthy AC repair technician? 1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work It may be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they are out there. Not only does this put you in jeopardy of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to sloppy work and a great deal of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most reputable contractors will give you an estimate and will not make you pay before the work begins. 2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system If a contractor hasn’t come by and examined your air conditioner to get the big picture of what is wrong with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they corrected the concern? Choose someone who is willing to provide you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to wholly understand what the problem is. It can help you save money and time. 3) Won’t put it in writing Never, ever settle on this one. If you can’t get a contractor to put their work and charges in writing, you might as well be handing over a signed, blank check. With any AC repair, you could run in to things here or there that also need to be taken care of, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract afterwards. Having a signed contract from the get-go means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being worked on, what is being changed, timeline for completion, and cost involved. 4) They aren’t licensed in your state Of course, not all states require licensure for HVAC contractors, but many do. Do a quick search online to learn if your state requires a license so you know what you’re asking for when searchin for a contractor. The benefit to living in a state that requires a license is that it protects you from using a contractor with less than capable workers, and in the chance you run in to an issue, you have the ability to report any issues with the work you received. Normally when you encounter a contractor working without a license in a state that requires it, you’re more than likely dealing with someone you shouldn’t be. There’s most likely a reason they don’t have a license and it’s easy to assume they’re up to no good. Sure, these four tips may not stop every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you figure out who to trust and who not to trust in the Columbia area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced team at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 803-318-6995 or schedule your AC repair online through the online scheduler.