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 Cape Coral. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional selected and properly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be optimal if you could just pick the first number out of the phone book and be assured that they’ll do a satisfactory 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 sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Comfort Zone Inc has some cautionary signs to be on the lookout for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work A credible 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 request of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to frustrations down the road having your problem fixed accurately or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Ahead of Inspection A technician may have an inkling of what is going wrong with your air conditioner over a phone call, 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 doesn’t count unless it’s in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the work and charges into writing, don’t have faith in them to complete 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 after your repair is completed. 4) They aren’t licensed Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can find out online and see if licenses are required in your area. If you are living 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 look elsewhere. These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a dependable AC repair technician in the Cape Coral area. The pros at Comfort Zone Inc are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 239-574-2327 or arrange an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.