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 Crestview. 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 selected and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice 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 Gordon Air Conditioning has some cautionary signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work A reputable company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. 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 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. Choose 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 job 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 guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated 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 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 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 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 Crestview area. The pros at Gordon Air Conditioning are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 850-682-5509 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.