What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Utica. 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 chosen and properly vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be ideal if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and trust 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 sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. has some red flags to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work A reputable company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company asking for payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. 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 watched 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 job and charges into writing, don’t have faith in them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract before work begins you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected costs after work has been completed. 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 in your area. 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 encounter a company that is operating without a license, there’s usually 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 trusted AC repair technician in the Utica area. The pros at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 586-731-0950 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.