Unfortunately, most of the time people find out their air conditioning needs repaired when it’s just broken down and the temperature outside is a balmy 100 degrees. Your pocketbook will especially feel the pain when you pay for an emergency call versus a regular one, as these are usually twice as expensive. Many times, it can be easy to simply tell the technician to “do whatever it takes” but this is an easy way to get taken advantage of.
Once the service technician gives you an estimate of what is wrong, make sure you check with your home insurance coverage to see what is going to be paid for and what you’ll be responsible for. This will also give you the opportunity to search for your own parts, instead of relying on the parts they will offer, which will usually be with a premium. It might be wise to talk to the service company first to see if they would be willing to install parts they didn’t provide or if they have a liability policy they have to follow that keeps them from doing so.
Of course, if they tell you your entire air conditioning system needs replaced, make sure you evaluate your choices in terms of how much longer you plan to stay in the house, how the value of the new unit will affect the resale value and how much or how often you use the unit overall. Once you’ve had a chance to go over all these details, you’ll have the decision making tools you need to select either the low-priced, high-priced or middle level option in terms of available systems for your home.
It’s important to hire only a company who has expert certified workers and whose reputation is solid, so you can rely on the work they do and trust that it will last for several years. Investing some time into research and hiring the best people ensures that you’re happy with the work you get done and that you’ll be able to rely on for many years to come to keep your family cool. The online reviews for each of the potential company matches will go a long way towards helping you choose the right one to hire.
Family, friends, coworkers and even neighbors might also give you referrals if they have recently worked with one and can give you their unbiased opinion about the work that was done. Not only can you relax at this point knowing you’ve hired a reputable company who wants to maintain their reputation, but they will appreciate the business and make sure you get your money’s worth.