What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015Temperatures continue to rise in Albuquerque, 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 crucial 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 simple as selecting a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are an abundance of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your adversity. That’s why Desert Suns Heating & Cooling has put together a couple things to look for in an AC repair technician. So how will you know if you’re dealing with a shady AC repair technician? 1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work It can be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they are around. Not only does this put you at risk of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to shoddy work and a bunch of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most reputable contractors will give you an estimate and will not make you pay before the work begins. 2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system If a contractor hasn’t come by and examined your air conditioner to get the complete picture of what is the problem with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they fixed the problem? Identify someone who is willing to give you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to completely 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 could run in to things here or there that also need attention, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract afterwards. Having a signed contract from the beginning means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being completed, what is being replaced, 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 a lot do. Do a quick search online to find out if your state requires a license so you know what you’re asking for when contacting 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 skilled workers, and in the chance you run in to a problem, you are able to report any issues with the work you received. Typically when you encounter a contractor doing business 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 determine they’re up to no good. Sure, these four tips may not stop every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you figure out who to trust and who not to trust in the Albuquerque area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced experts at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 505-994-9176 or schedule your AC repair online through the online scheduler.