What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015Temperatures continue to rise in Columbia, which means one thing – your AC is about to go in to full blown summer mode and run quite a bit more. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead and have an AC repair technician identified if your air conditioner decides it’s worked hard enough and breaks down. Of course it’s not as easy as selecting a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are a sufficient number of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your hardship. That’s why Watts Electric & A/C Inc has put together a few things to keep an eye out for in an AC repair technician. So how can you know if you’re dealing with a shady AC repair technician? 1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work It might be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they exist. Not only does this put you at risk of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to shoddy work and a great deal of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most trustworthy contractors will offer an estimate and will not make you pay prior to work beginning. 2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system If a contractor hasn’t come out and checked your air conditioner to get the full picture of what is wrong with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they corrected the issue? Choose someone who is willing to provide you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to wholly recognize what the problem is. It can help you save money and time. 3) Won’t put it in writing Never, ever settle on this one. If you can’t get a contractor to put their work and charges in writing, you are basically handing over a signed, blank check. With any AC repair, you may run in to things here or there that also need to be handled, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract later. Having a signed contract from the start means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being done, what is being changed, timeline for completion, and cost involved. 4) They aren’t licensed in your state Of course, not all states require licensure for HVAC contractors, but many do. Do a quick search online to see if your state requires a license so you know what you’re asking for when finding a contractor. The benefit to living in a state that requires a license is that it guards you from using a contractor with less than qualified workers, and in the event you run in to an issue, you have the ability to report any issues with the work you received. Normally when you encounter a contractor working without a license in a state that requires it, you’re more than likely dealing with someone you shouldn’t be. There’s most likely a reason they don’t have a license and it’s easy to assume they’re up to no good. Sure, these four tips may not prevent every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you figure out who to trust and who not to trust in the Columbia area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced experts at Watts Electric & A/C Inc to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 601-736-7362 or schedule your AC repair online through the online scheduler.