Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Ronkonkoma. 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 identified and properly vetted before your AC has any problems surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be ideal if you could just select 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 look out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work
A reputable company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company asking for payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances 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 simply by speaking with you, but they won’t be able to truly diagnose it 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 viewed 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 preceding the work you’re guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated costs after work has been completed.
4) They aren’t licensed
Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but the majority do. You can look up online and see if licenses are required in your area. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting yourself from a company that uses unqualified 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 keep clear.
These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a trusted AC repair technician in the Ronkonkoma area. The pros at Cool Power LLC are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 631-246-4029 to set up an appointment up with us anytime.