What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Opelika. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional identified and properly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be optimal if you could just pick 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 shady repairman or the heat so the team at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. has some warning signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work A reputable company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company requesting payment prior to starting work should be called into question. Another request of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances down the road having your problem fixed properly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Before 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 know for certain until they have actually inspected your system. Look for a company that will provide you with an estimate only after 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 labor 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 guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected 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 easily search online and see if licenses are required where you live. 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 encounter 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 Opelika area. The pros at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 334-524-2458 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.