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 Chicago. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional chosen and properly vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and trust 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 iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning has some cautionary signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work A credible company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company demanding 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 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 know for certain until they have actually inspected your system. Choose 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 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 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 easily search online and see if licenses are required in your state. 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 grievances 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 look elsewhere. These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a credible AC repair technician in the Chicago area. The pros at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 773-704-0640 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.