Hiring an air conditioning contractor isn’t always easy; in fact, it can prove to be the toughest task. And as you know, AC systems do require regular and continuous cleaning for them to operate efficiently. It is not a matter of luxury but of necessity, which reiterates the importance of taking extra caution when hiring an AC technician. You should know that there are many mistakes that homeowners make or overlook when hiring one, which in turn could have an impact on how the system operates afterwards. Hiring the wrong HVAC contractor will not only cost you money – a lot of it – but it will also endanger the lives of your loved ones. Having said that, pay attention to the following ‘red flags’ when hiring your contractor:
Lack of references – of course, there are many contractors who will approach you, trying to convince you that they are the best, but since we are talking about your home here, you will need to do your research on your own. Now, in your research, one of the things you can ask for are the references. With this knowledge, you will be able to determine the level of expertise of each contractor. If a contractor doesn’t have any references, that could put into question their ability to finish the task successfully. So, you need to be cautious.
Lack of reviews – when hiring an AC contractor, it is imperative that you visit their website to learn more about their services. Whether it is an individual or a company you are hiring, you should know that all of them are listed online. When you visit their site, check their reviews to see what other clients have said about their services. If you find a contractor without any reviews, chances are their services aren’t what they say they are or haven’t served any client yet. Of course, you wouldn’t hire someone who you don’t know how they work, as they may end up doing more harm than good to your AC unit. So be very careful!
Don’t have a license or insurance – before checking any further details, you need to find out if the AC contractor you are about to hire has a license and insurance coverage. You need to find out if they are certified to provide services in this particular field and whether they’ve taken liability insurance coverage, just in case anything goes wrong. What this information does is to give you some peace of mind knowing that your AC repair is being done by a certified contractor and that any potential damages are already covered. If your chosen company doesn’t present any proof of this, you should be alerted that you are about to make a big mistake. Ask for these documentation, and if they don’t have them, just know that you are about to hire the long AC contractor.
Poor response time – communication is a critical aspect of any AC repair process. So, when hiring an AC contractor, you need to make sure that their communication is consistent. After all, it’s your house they are servicing, so you will need to be updated about the whole process. AC repair is a complex task and it’s also quite crucial to the general comfortability in your home. If you find that the contractor you are about to hire doesn’t communicate that often, then you need to think again. Hiring that contractor would mean that you won’t have any peace of mind throughout the entire process. You don’t want to be anxious the entire time wondering what going on in your property.
Super low prices – let’s start off by saying ‘not only that shines is gold’ and when the deal is too good, you seriously need to think twice. Of course, there is a standard price in the market for AC repairs. So if you find a contractor who is charging a lot less, you really need to think twice about hiring that service. You need to ask the services they are offering at such a price, chances are that the services are the same. If this is the case, know that you may end up using more money than you would have spent if hired a service on a standard rate. Pay attention!