What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015Temperatures continue to rise in Great Falls, which means one thing – your AC is about to go in to full blown summer mode and run more often. That’s why it’s so crucial to plan ahead and have an AC repair technician identified if your air conditioner decides it’s worked long enough and breaks down. Of course it’s not as easy as selecting a name and number out of a phone book like it used to be, and there are plenty of companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your difficulty. That’s why Falls Mechanical Services LLC has put together a couple things to keep an eye out for in an AC repair technician. So how will you know if you’re dealing with a shady AC repair technician? 1) Full payment – in cash prior to beginning the work It might be hard to believe that there are contractors out there like this, but they are around. Not only does this put you in danger of not having your AC repair completed, it can easily lead to careless work and a great deal of frustration if you have any trouble after the work is completed. Plain and simple, most trustworthy contractors will provide an estimate and will not make you pay in advance of the work being done. 2) Offers a specific AC repair cost without inspecting the system If a contractor hasn’t come out and checked your air conditioner to get the complete picture of what is wrong with your system, how can you be 100 percent sure that they corrected the problem? Identify someone who is willing to provide you an honest estimate after they come and inspect your air conditioner to fully understand what the problem is. It can help you save money and time. 3) Won’t put it in writing Never, ever settle on this one. If you can’t get a contractor to put their work and charges in writing, you are basically handing over a signed, blank check. With any AC repair, you might run in to things here or there that also need attention, but they can be added to the agreed upon contract after. Having a signed contract from the start means you are on the same page with your contractor when it comes to what is being worked on, what is being replaced, timeline for completion, and cost involved. 4) They aren’t licensed in your state Of course, not all states require licensure for HVAC contractors, but many do. Do a quick search online to learn if your state requires a license so you know what you’re asking for when finding a contractor. The benefit to living in a state that requires a license is that it protects you from using a contractor with less than skilled workers, and in the chance you run in to an issue, you have the ability to report any issues with the work you received. Normally when you encounter a contractor working without a license in a state that requires it, you’re more than likely dealing with someone you shouldn’t be. There’s most likely a reason they don’t have a license and it’s easy to determine they’re up to no good. Sure, these four tips may not prevent every encounter with an undesirable contractor, but they can help you figure out who to trust and who not to trust in the Great Falls area. Fortunately for you, you can always trust the experienced experts at Falls Mechanical Services LLC to get the job done correctly the first time. Give them a call at 406-761-7283 or schedule your AC repair online through the online scheduler.