Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Marshfield. 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 chosen and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be ideal if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and have confidence that they’ll do a good 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 House of Heating Incorporated has some warning 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 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 frustrations 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 just by talking with you, but they won’t know for certain 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 doesn’t count unless it’s in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the labor and charges into writing, don’t trust them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract preceding the work you’re ensuring that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected costs after work has been completed.
4) They aren’t licensed
Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but the majority do. You can easily search online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses inexperienced workers. And any complaints or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you encounter 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 trusted AC repair technician in the Marshfield area. The pros at House of Heating Incorporated are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 715-384-3163 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.