What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Laguna Hills. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional selected and properly vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be ideal if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and trust that they’ll do an acceptable job, but there are companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your unfortunate predicament. We don’t want to leave you sweating a sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at White Mechanical, Inc. has some cautionary signs to be on the lookout for that let you know you may be dealing with an unreliable company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work A reputable company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company asking for payment prior to starting work should be called into question. Another sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances 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 just by talking with you, but they won’t be able to truly diagnose it until they have actually inspected your system. Find a company that will provide you with an estimate only after an inspection. 3) Refuses to Put it in Writing If you’ve seen 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 confidence 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 unexpected costs after your repair is completed. 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 in your area. If you are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses inexperienced 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 usually 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 Laguna Hills area. The pros at White Mechanical, Inc. are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 949-716-8379 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.