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 Odessa. Your AC is going to be in for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional selected and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be ideal if you could just pick 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 circumstances. We don’t want to leave you sweating a crooked repairman or the heat so the team at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning has some warning signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Before 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 be called into question. Another request of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems down the road having your problem fixed correctly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Prior to Inspection A technician may have an inkling of what is going wrong with your air conditioner over a phone call, 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 after conducting an inspection. 3) Refuses to Put it in Writing If you’ve watched 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 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 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 easily search 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 inexperienced 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 almost certainly 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 Odessa area. The pros at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 432-333-2208 or arrange an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.