What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Humble. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise idea to have an AC repair professional chosen and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice 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 circumstances. We don’t want to leave you sweating a sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Air Houston Mechanical LLC has some cautionary signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work A reputable company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company requesting payment prior to starting work should set off the alarm bells. Another demand of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances down the road having your problem fixed correctly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Prior to 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. Find 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 doesn’t count unless it’s in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the job and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to accomplish the work. By getting a signed contract preceding the work you’re guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated 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 look up online and see if licenses are required in your area. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you encounter 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 trusted AC repair technician in the Humble area. The pros at Air Houston Mechanical LLC are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 832-777-1521 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.