What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Thousand Oaks. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional identified and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any problems 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 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 crooked repairman or the heat so the team at Air Max HVAC Inc has some cautionary signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work A reputable company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company requesting payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another request of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to frustrations 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 over a phone call, 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 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 complete the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re making certain 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 in your area. If you are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re protecting yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any problems or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you come across 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 dependable AC repair technician in the Thousand Oaks area. The pros at Air Max HVAC Inc are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 805-217-8662 or arrange an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.