The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Bend. 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 nice if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and be assured that they’ll do an acceptable 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 Tri County Climate Control LLC has some cautionary signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work
A reputable company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work should set off the alarm bells. Another sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems 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 simply by speaking with you, but they won’t know for sure 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 labor and charges into writing, don’t trust them to accomplish the work. By getting a signed contract before work begins you’re guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no surprise 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 find out online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you are located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses unqualified workers. And any grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you come across 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 credible AC repair technician in the Bend area. The pros at Tri County Climate Control LLC are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 541-238-2797 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.