What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in East Peoria. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional selected and suitably vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice if you could just pick the first number out of the phone book and trust 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 shady repairman or the heat so the team at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC has some cautionary signs to be on the lookout for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work should be called into question. Another sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances 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 over a phone call, but they won’t be able to truly diagnose it 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 watched even 5 minutes of a court show on TV, you know you have 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 have confidence in them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no surprise costs after your repair is completed. 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 living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses untrained 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 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 credible AC repair technician in the East Peoria area. The pros at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 309-437-2703 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.