It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Norco and St. Charles Parish. 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 chosen and suitably vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave.
It would be nice if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and have confidence 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 sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Mayeuxs AC & Heating has some cautionary signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company.
1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work
A reputable company will provide you with an estimate in advance of beginning any work. Any company asking for payment prior to starting work should set off the alarm bells. Another sign 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 simply by speaking with you, but they won’t know for certain until they have actually inspected your system. Find a company that will provide you with an estimate only after an inspection.
3) Refuses to Put it in Writing
If you’ve seen 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 job and charges into writing, don’t have faith in them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract before work begins you’re ensuring that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no surprise 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 located in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses inexperienced workers. And any complaints or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find 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 credible AC repair technician in the Norco and St. Charles Parish area. The pros at Mayeuxs AC & Heating are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at (985) 764-2426 to set up an appointment up with us anytime.