What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician

July 08, 2015

It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Beaverton. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise idea to have an AC repair professional chosen and suitably vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave.

It would be optimal if you could just select 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 circumstances. We don’t want to leave you sweating a shady repairman or the heat so the team at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. 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 is a big red flag. Another request 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 educated guess of what is going wrong with your air conditioner just by talking with you, but they won’t be able to truly diagnose it until they have actually inspected your system. Find a company that will provide you with an estimate only following 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 job and charges into writing, don’t trust them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re ensuring that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected 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 look up 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 come across a company that is operating without a license, there’s almost certainly 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 trusted AC repair technician in the Beaverton area. The pros at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 503-374-1934 to arrange an appointment up with us anytime.