What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015Temperatures continue to creep up in Scottsboro, which means one thing – your AC is about to go in to full blown summer mode and run more often than not. That’s why it’s so crucial 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 plenty of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your hardship. That’s why Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. has put together a few things to keep an eye out for in an AC repair technician. So how will you know if you’re dealing with a less than reputable AC repair technician? 1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work It may be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they are out there. Not only does this put you in jeopardy of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to shoddy work and a bunch of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most trustworthy contractors will provide an estimate and will not make you pay prior to work beginning. 2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system If a contractor hasn’t stopped by and checked your air conditioner to get the big picture of what is the issue with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they took care of the issue? Identify someone who is willing to offer you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to wholly recognize 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 to be taken care of, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract afterwards. 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 changed, 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 searchin for a contractor. The benefit to living in a state that requires a license is that it guards you from using a contractor with less than skilled workers, and in the occasion you run in to a problem, you are able to report any issues with the work you received. Normally 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 figure they’re up to no good. Sure, these four tips may not prevent every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you identify who to trust and who not to trust in the Scottsboro area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 256-574-1300 or schedule your AC repair online through the online scheduler.