Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Magnolia. 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 identified and properly vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be ideal if you could just select the first number out of the phone book and be assured that they’ll do an acceptable 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 JTech Mechanical 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 credible company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company demanding 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 problems down the road having your problem fixed correctly or completely.
2) Quotes a Cost Prior to 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 certain 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 viewed even 5 minutes of a court show on TV, you know you have to get it in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the labor and charges into writing, don’t have faith 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 surprise costs following the completion of your repair.
4) They aren’t licensed
Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but a great number of them do. You can easily search online and see if licenses are required in your state. If you are located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting 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 look elsewhere.
These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a dependable AC repair technician in the Magnolia area. The pros at JTech Mechanical are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 281-231-8768 to schedule an appointment up with us anytime.