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 really heating up here in Vancouver. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional chosen 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 have confidence that they’ll do a good 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 sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC has some warning signs to be on the lookout for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work A credible company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work should set off the alarm bells. Another sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems 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 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 seen 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 confidence in them to accomplish the work. By getting a signed contract preceding the work you’re guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no surprise costs following the completion of your repair. 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 area. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting yourself from a company that uses unqualified workers. And any complaints or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find 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 dependable AC repair technician in the Vancouver area. The pros at Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 360-571-5100 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.