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 certainly heating up here in Hauppauge. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise 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 have confidence that they’ll do a satisfactory 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 shady repairman or the heat so the team at Cool Power LLC has some warning signs to be on the lookout for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work A trustworthy 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 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 simply by speaking with you, but they won’t know for sure 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 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 trust them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract preceding the work you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated costs after your repair is completed. 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 in your state. If you are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you encounter 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 trusted AC repair technician in the Hauppauge area. The pros at Cool Power LLC are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 631-360-2665 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.