What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

July 08, 2015

Temperatures continue to climb in San Jose, 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 important to plan ahead and have an AC repair technician identified if your air conditioner decides it’s worked hard enough and breaks down.

Of course it’s not as simple as choosing a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are a sufficient number of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your adversity. That’s why American HVAC 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 around. Not only does this put you in jeopardy of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to sloppy work and a bunch of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most reputable contractors will give you an estimate and will not make you pay in advance of the work being done.

2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system

If a contractor hasn’t come out and inspected your air conditioner to get the full picture of what is the problem with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they fixed the problem? Identify someone who is willing to offer you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to wholly comprehend 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 might as well be handing over a signed, blank check. With any AC repair, you could 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 later.

Having a signed contract from the beginning means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being done, 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 chance you run in to a headache, you can to report any issues with the work you received.

Normally when you encounter a contractor operating 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 thwart every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you determine who to trust and who not to trust in the San Jose area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced pros at American HVAC Inc to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 408-215-1018.