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 certainly heating up here in Plainfield. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional chosen and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be optimal if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and trust that they’ll do a good job, but there are companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your unfortunate predicament. We don’t want to leave you sweating a shady repairman or the heat so the team at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc has some warning signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work A trustworthy 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 demand of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to annoyances down the road having your problem fixed properly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Before Inspection A technician may have an inkling 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. Look for a company that will provide you with an estimate only following an inspection. 3) Refuses to Put it in Writing If you’ve seen 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 job and charges into writing, don’t trust them to accomplish the work. By getting a signed contract before work begins you’re guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected 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 find out online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses untrained workers. And any complaints or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you encounter a company that is operating without a license, there’s most likely a reason for that and you’ll want to stay away. These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a credible AC repair technician in the Plainfield area. The pros at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 815-768-6656 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.