What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is certainly heating up here in Muskogee. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a wise idea to have an AC repair professional identified and suitably vetted before your AC has any troubles surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be optimal if you could just pick the first number out of the phone book and have confidence that they’ll do a good 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 Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. has some red flags to be on the lookout 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 before beginning any work. Any company asking for payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another demand of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems down the road having your problem fixed accurately or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Ahead of Inspection A technician may have an educated guess 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 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 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 trust them to complete the work. By getting a signed contract preceding the work you’re ensuring that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no surprise 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 in your state. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses unqualified workers. And any problems 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 Muskogee area. The pros at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 918-682-8238 or arrange an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.