What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

July 08, 2015

The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Moline. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise idea to have an AC repair professional identified and properly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave.

It would be optimal if you could just select 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 circumstances. We don’t want to leave you sweating a sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning has some red flags to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company.

1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work

A credible company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company asking for payment prior to starting work should be called into question. Another request of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances down the road having your problem fixed correctly or completely.

2) Quotes a Cost Prior to Inspection

A technician may have an idea 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. Find 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 job and charges into writing, don’t trust them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re ensuring that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected costs following the completion of your repair.

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 in your state. If you are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting 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 credible AC repair technician in the Moline area. The pros at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 309-323-9584 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.