What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Middletown. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional identified and suitably 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 an acceptable 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 crooked repairman or the heat so the team at Schagrin Gas Company has some red flags 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 prior to beginning any work. Any company requesting payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another sign 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 idea of what is going wrong with your air conditioner simply by speaking 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 viewed 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 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 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 where you live. 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 problems 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 to stay away. These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a credible AC repair technician in the Middletown area. The pros at Schagrin Gas Company are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 302-658-2000 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.