What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Buellton. 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 chosen and properly vetted before your AC has any issues 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 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 crooked repairman or the heat so the team at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning has some cautionary 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 trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company requesting 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 educated guess 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. Choose 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 work and charges into writing, don’t have faith 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 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 easily search online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you are located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding 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 to stay away. These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a credible AC repair technician in the Buellton area. The pros at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 805-688-4018 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.