Temperatures continue to climb in St. Louis, which means one thing – your AC is about to go in to full blown summer mode and run more often. That’s why it’s so critical to plan ahead and have an AC repair technician identified if your air conditioner decides it’s worked too much and breaks down.
Of course it’s not as basic as selecting a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are a sufficient number of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your adversity. That’s why Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating has put together a few things to look for in an AC repair technician.
So how might you know if you’re dealing with a shady AC repair technician?
1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work
It might be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they exist. Not only does this put you in danger of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to sloppy work and a great deal of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most respected contractors will offer an estimate and will not make you pay in advance of the work being done.
2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system
If a contractor hasn’t come by and checked your air conditioner to get the full picture of what is the issue with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they fixed the problem? Identify someone who is willing to offer you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to fully understand 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 can be handing over a signed, blank check. With any AC repair, you may run in to things here or there that also need attention, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract later.
Having a signed contract from the start means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being worked on, what is being swapped out, 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 see 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 keeps you from using a contractor with less than skilled workers, and in the occasion you run in to an issue, you are able to report any issues with the work you received.
Typically when you encounter a contractor working 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 assume 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 St. Louis area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced experts at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 314-262-4541.