What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Lexington. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional selected and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be ideal if you could just pick 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 predicament. We don’t want to leave you sweating a crooked repairman or the heat so the team at James Heating & A/C, Inc has some cautionary 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 reputable company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work should set off the alarm bells. Another sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems down the road having your problem fixed correctly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Prior to Inspection A technician may have an educated guess of what is going wrong with your air conditioner simply by speaking 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 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 ensuring that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected 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 look up online and see if licenses are required in your area. If you are located 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 almost certainly 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 dependable AC repair technician in the Lexington area. The pros at James Heating & A/C, Inc are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 336-853-6070 or arrange an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.