What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in West Palm Beach. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise idea to have an AC repair professional identified and properly vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be optimal if you could just select the first number out of the phone book and be assured 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 Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc has some red flags to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work A reputable company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company requesting 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 educated guess 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. 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 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 job and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to accomplish the work. By getting a signed contract before work begins you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected costs after your repair is completed. 4) They aren’t licensed Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can look up 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 protecting yourself from a company that uses unqualified workers. And any problems or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you encounter a company that is operating without a license, there’s most likely 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 trusted AC repair technician in the West Palm Beach area. The pros at Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 561-515-5527 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.