What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Augusta. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional identified and suitably vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and have confidence that they’ll do a good 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 McCune Heating & Cooling has some red flags to be on the lookout for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work A reputable company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company requesting 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 frustrations 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 simply by speaking with you, but they won’t know for sure until they have actually inspected your system. Choose 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 doesn’t count unless it’s in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the labor and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to complete 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 after your repair is completed. 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 where you live. If you are located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses untrained 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 almost certainly 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 Augusta area. The pros at McCune Heating & Cooling are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 316-733-9123 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.