AC Repair Technician

What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

Temperatures continue to climb in Bakersfield, which means one thing – your AC is about to go in to full blown summer mode and run quite a bit more. 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 too much and breaks down.

Of course it’s not as basic as selecting a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are plenty of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your hardship. That’s why Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing has put together a couple things to search for in an AC repair technician.

So how can you know if you’re dealing with an untrustworthy 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 exist. Not only does this put you in jeopardy of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to careless work and a great deal of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most trustworthy contractors will provide an estimate and will not make you pay before the work begins.

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

If a contractor hasn’t stopped by and inspected your air conditioner to get the complete picture of what is the issue with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they took care of the concern? Find someone who is willing to give you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to fully 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 handled, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract after.

Having a signed contract from the start means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being completed, what is being replaced, 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 most do. Do a quick search online to find out if your state requires a license so you know what you’re asking for when finding 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 problem, you can to report any issues with the work you received.

Usually when you encounter a contractor working 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 assume they’re up to no good.

Sure, these four tips may not stop every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you identify who to trust and who not to trust in the Bakersfield area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced team at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 661-437-3499 or schedule your AC repair online through the online scheduler.