What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Mobile. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise idea to have an AC repair professional identified and suitably vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice if you could just pick the first number out of the phone book and trust that they’ll do an acceptable job, but there are companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your unfortunate predicament. We don’t want to leave you sweating a crooked repairman or the heat so the team at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc has some warning signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work A reputable company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company asking for 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 frustrations down the road having your problem fixed accurately or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Ahead of Inspection A technician may have an educated guess of what is going wrong with your air conditioner simply by speaking with you, but they won’t be able to truly diagnose it until they have actually inspected your system. Choose a company that will provide you with an estimate only after conducting 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 accomplish 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 unexpected costs after work has been completed. 4) They aren’t licensed Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but a great number of them do. You can look up online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you are located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses inexperienced workers. And any grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find 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 trusted AC repair technician in the Mobile area. The pros at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 251-471-2674 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.