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 Napoleon and Northwest Ohio. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise 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 pick the first number out of the phone book and trust 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 sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. has some red flags 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 trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company asking for 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 correctly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Prior to Inspection A technician may have an educated guess of what is going wrong with your air conditioner over a phone call, but they won’t know for certain until they have actually inspected your system. Look for a company that will provide you with an estimate only following 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’s an absolute must 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 finish the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re ensuring 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 most do. You can easily search online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find a company that is operating without a license, there’s most likely 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 credible AC repair technician in the Napoleon and Northwest Ohio area. The pros at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 419-592-4756 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.