The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Temple/Belton. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional identified and suitably vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be ideal if you could just select 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 circumstances. We don’t want to leave you sweating a sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Bell Air Conditioning Inc has some warning signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work
A credible company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company asking for payment prior to starting work should set off the alarm bells. Another request 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 inkling of what is going wrong with your air conditioner over a phone call, but they won’t know for sure until they have actually inspected your system. Find a company that will provide you with an estimate only following an inspection.
3) Refuses to Put it in Writing
If you’ve seen 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 work and charges into writing, don’t trust them to finish 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 unexpected costs following the completion of your repair.
4) They aren’t licensed
Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can easily search online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting yourself from a company that uses unqualified workers. And any grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find a company that is operating without a license, there’s almost certainly a reason for that and you’ll want to stay away.
These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a credible AC repair technician in the Temple/Belton area. The pros at Bell Air Conditioning Inc are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 254-307-9572 to set up an appointment up with us anytime.