Temperatures continue to climb in Cedar Rapids, which means one thing – your AC is about to go in to full blown summer mode and run more often. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead and have an AC repair technician identified if your air conditioner decides it’s worked too much and breaks down.
Of course it’s not as easy as selecting a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are a sufficient number of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your adversity. That’s why Ilten's Incorporated has put together a couple things to keep an eye out for in an AC repair technician.
So how will you know if you’re dealing with a shady AC repair technician?
1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work
It may be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they are out there. Not only does this put you in jeopardy of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to shoddy work and a great deal of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most reputable contractors will give you an estimate and will not make you pay prior to work beginning.
2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system
If a contractor hasn’t stopped by and inspected your air conditioner to get the full picture of what is the problem with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they corrected the problem? Identify someone who is willing to offer you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to fully understand what the problem is. It can help you save money and time.
3) Won’t put it in writing
Never, ever settle on this one. If you can’t get a contractor to put their work and charges in writing, you might as well be handing over a signed, blank check. With any AC repair, you may run in to things here or there that also need to be handled, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract afterwards.
Having a signed contract from the get-go means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being done, what is being swapped out, timeline for completion, and cost involved.
4) They aren’t licensed in your state
Of course, not all states require licensure for HVAC contractors, but many do. Do a quick search online to see if your state requires a license so you know what you’re asking for when contacting a contractor. The benefit to living in a state that requires a license is that it keeps you from using a contractor with less than capable workers, and in the chance you run in to a problem, you are able to report any issues with the work you received.
Usually when you encounter a contractor doing business without a license in a state that requires it, you’re more than likely dealing with someone you shouldn’t be. There’s most likely a reason they don’t have a license and it’s easy to figure they’re up to no good.
Sure, these four tips may not thwart every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you identify who to trust and who not to trust in the Cedar Rapids area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced team at Ilten's Incorporated to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 319-208-3295.