Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Hamilton. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional identified and properly 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 have confidence that they’ll do an acceptable job, but there are companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your unfortunate situation. We don’t want to leave you sweating a crooked repairman or the heat so the team at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC has some cautionary signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work
A reputable 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 properly or completely.
2) Quotes a Cost Before 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 know for certain until they have actually inspected your system. Choose a company that will provide you with an estimate only after an inspection.
3) Refuses to Put it in Writing
If you’ve viewed 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 job and charges into writing, don’t trust them to complete 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 unanticipated costs after your repair is completed.
4) They aren’t licensed
Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but the majority do. You can find out 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 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 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 credible AC repair technician in the Hamilton area. The pros at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 513-268-5164 to schedule an appointment up with us anytime.