What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in West Palm Beach. 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 identified and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be optimal 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 shady repairman or the heat so the team at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. has some warning signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company asking for 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 problems down the road having your problem fixed properly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Before Inspection A technician may have an educated guess 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. Look for a company that will provide you with an estimate only after conducting 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 labor and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to finish 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 unexpected 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 are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses unqualified workers. And any complaints or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find 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 trusted AC repair technician in the West Palm Beach area. The pros at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 561-656-4255 or arrange an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.