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 Carlsbad. 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 suitably vetted before your AC has any troubles 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 circumstances. We don’t want to leave you sweating a shady repairman or the heat so the team at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services has some cautionary signs to be on the lookout for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable 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 be called into question. Another sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to frustrations down the road having your problem fixed properly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Before 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. Find 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’s an absolute must to get it in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the work and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to complete the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated costs following the completion of your repair. 4) They aren’t licensed Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but the majority do. You can look up 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 shielding yourself from a company that uses unqualified workers. And any problems or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find a company that is operating without a license, there’s most likely 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 Carlsbad area. The pros at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 575-887-7777 or arrange an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.