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 absolutely heating up here in Baltimore. 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 chosen and suitably vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be ideal 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 situation. We don’t want to leave you sweating a sketchy repairman or the heat so the team at Quality Refrigeration has some cautionary signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Prior to Starting Work A trustworthy company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company asking for 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 problems down the road having your problem fixed properly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Before Inspection A technician may have an idea of what is going wrong with your air conditioner just by talking 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 after conducting 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 work and charges into writing, don’t have confidence in them to complete the work. By getting a signed contract preceding the work you’re guaranteeing that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no surprise costs after your repair is 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 safeguarding yourself from a company that uses inexperienced workers. And any complaints or issues with the company you choose can be reported. If you find 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 Baltimore area. The pros at Quality Refrigeration are ready to get the project done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 410-355-6010 or arrange an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.