Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Chadron. 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 troubles surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be nice if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and have confidence that they’ll do a good job, but there are companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your unfortunate situation. We don’t want to leave you sweating a sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at MPC Heating & Cooling has some cautionary signs to be on the lookout for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work
A reputable company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work should be called into question. Another request 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 idea of what is going wrong with your air conditioner over a phone call, 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 doesn’t count unless it’s in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the labor and charges into writing, don’t trust 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 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 find out 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 untrained 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 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 trusted AC repair technician in the Chadron area. The pros at MPC Heating & Cooling are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 308-832-4321 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.