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 Ballwin. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional selected and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any issues 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 satisfactory 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 shady repairman or the heat so the team at Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning has some red flags 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 credible 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 demand of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems down the road having your problem fixed accurately or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Ahead of Inspection A technician may have an educated guess 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. Choose a company that will provide you with an estimate only following 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 doesn’t count unless it’s in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the labor and charges into writing, don’t have faith in them to finish 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 after work has been completed. 4) They aren’t licensed Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but a great number of them do. You can find out 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 protecting yourself from a company that uses inexperienced 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 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 dependable AC repair technician in the Ballwin area. The pros at Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 636-206-4250 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.