Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Longview. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional selected and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be ideal if you could just pick the first number out of the phone book and trust that they’ll do a good job, but there are companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your unfortunate situation. We don’t want to leave you sweating a shady repairman or the heat so the team at Goode Bros AC & Heating has some warning signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work
A reputable company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work should be called into question. 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 inkling 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. Look for 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 you have 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 faith in them to complete 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 surprise costs after work has been 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 state. If you are located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting 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 almost certainly a reason for that and you’ll want keep clear.
These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a credible AC repair technician in the Longview area. The pros at Goode Bros AC & Heating are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 903-284-2612 to set up an appointment up with us anytime.