The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Wharton. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise 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 pick 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 Faust Air Conditioning and Heating has some warning signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work
A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another request of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems 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 just by talking with you, but they won’t be able to truly diagnose it until they have actually inspected your system. Look for a company that will provide you with an estimate only after conducting 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 labor and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated 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 look up online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting yourself from a company that uses unqualified workers. And any grievances 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 keep clear.
These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a dependable AC repair technician in the Wharton area. The pros at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 979-323-6130 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.