What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 Get ready to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is really heating up here in Wisconsin Rapids. 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 selected and properly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be nice if you could just choose the first number out of the phone book and be assured 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 shady repairman or the heat so the team at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc has some red flags to be on the lookout for that let you know you may be dealing with an untrustworthy company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Ahead of Starting Work A credible company will provide you with an estimate before beginning any work. Any company requesting payment prior to starting work is a big red flag. Another request 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 educated guess of what is going wrong with your air conditioner simply by speaking with you, but they won’t know for sure until they have actually inspected your system. Choose 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’s an absolute must to get it in writing. This is non-negotiable. If a company isn’t willing to put the work and charges into writing, don’t have faith in them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract prior to work beginning you’re making certain that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unanticipated costs following the completion of your repair. 4) They aren’t licensed Not every state requires that contractors are licensed, but most do. You can find out 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 protecting yourself from a company that uses inexperienced 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 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 Wisconsin Rapids area. The pros at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc are ready to get the work done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 715-421-5555 or schedule an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.