It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in the Rio Grande Valley. 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 suitably vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be nice if you could just select the first number out of the phone book and have confidence that they’ll do an acceptable 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 Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. has some red flags to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work
A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company asking for payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another request of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems down the road having your problem fixed accurately or completely.
2) Quotes a Cost Ahead of 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 sure until they have actually inspected your system. Look for 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 it’s an absolute must to get it in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the job and charges into writing, don’t have faith in them to complete the work. By getting a signed contract before work begins you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated costs after your repair is completed.
4) They aren’t licensed
Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can look up online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you are located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any grievances 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 keep clear.
These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a credible AC repair technician in the the Rio Grande Valley area. The pros at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 956-381-1162 to set up an appointment up with us anytime.