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 absolutely heating up here in Midlothian. 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 selected 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 have confidence that they’ll do an acceptable 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 Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. has some red flags to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company requesting payment prior to starting work should be called into question. Another demand 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 idea of what is going wrong with your air conditioner just by talking 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 conducting 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 complete the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning 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 easily search online and see if licenses are required in your area. 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 problems 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 trusted AC repair technician in the Midlothian area. The pros at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 804-372-0313 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.