What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Bakersfield. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional identified and suitably vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice if you could just pick 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 Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing has some red flags to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company asking for payment prior to starting work should set off the alarm bells. Another demand 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 inkling of what is going wrong with your air conditioner simply by speaking with you, but they won’t know for sure until they have actually inspected your system. Look for a company that will provide you with an estimate only after 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 preceding the work you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated costs after your repair is completed. 4) They aren’t licensed Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can find out online and see if licenses are required in your state. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you come across 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 Bakersfield area. The pros at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 661-437-3499 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.