What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in the Upper Rio Grande Valley. 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 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 be assured that they’ll do a satisfactory 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 Cytech Heating & Cooling has some cautionary signs to watch out for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company demanding 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 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 simply by speaking with you, 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 viewed even 5 minutes of a court show on TV, you know it doesn’t count unless it’s 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 accomplish 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 surprise costs after work has been completed. 4) They aren’t licensed Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can easily search 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 grievances or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you encounter 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 dependable AC repair technician in the the Upper Rio Grande Valley area. The pros at Cytech Heating & Cooling are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 956-630-3522 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.