Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Crystal and Twin Cities. 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 thoroughly vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be ideal if you could just select the first number out of the phone book and be assured 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 GV Heating & Air has some cautionary signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work
A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate in advance of 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 accurately or completely.
2) Quotes a Cost Ahead of Inspection
A technician may have an idea of what is going wrong with your air conditioner simply by speaking 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 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 work and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to accomplish the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re guaranteeing 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 where you live. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any problems or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find a company that is operating without a license, there’s usually 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 Crystal and Twin Cities area. The pros at GV Heating & Air are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 763-535-2000 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.