What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 It’s time to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Springfield. Your AC will need to be ready for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a smart idea to have an AC repair professional selected and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice if you could just select the first number out of the phone book and trust that they’ll do an acceptable 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 sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc has some cautionary 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 reputable company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another sign of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to frustrations down the road having your problem fixed accurately or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Ahead of Inspection A technician may have an inkling of what is going wrong with your air conditioner over a phone call, 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 watched even 5 minutes of a court show on TV, you know you have 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 have faith in them to complete the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning 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 most do. You can easily search online and see if licenses are required where you live. If you are living in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re shielding yourself from a company that uses untrained 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 usually 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 Springfield area. The pros at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 217-210-2662 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.