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. These are the cases when they really pay out the nose for help because an emergency call is twice as expensive as a regular one. 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.
It’s important to check with your home insurance provider after the technician gives you a service estimate and see if your policy will already cover some of these items, or what you’ll be on the hook for financially. 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.
Before you make a choice after hearing from the service technician tells you that your entire system is bad, think about some particular details, such as, if and for how long you plan to remain in the home, the cost of the new unit versus the future value of the house if you put it on the market, and how much or how often you use the air conditioner overall. All of these will help you decide whether to take the low priced, the middle-priced or the high-priced option when they show you the list of choices.
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. The time you invest into this will give you peace of mind and security that even though you might have paid a lot for the system, it’s going to operate as it should. The online reviews for each of the potential company matches will go a long way towards helping you choose the right one to hire.
Talk to neighbors, coworkers, family members and friends to see if there is a company they would recommend based on personal experience or observation of their work ethics. Hiring a trusted company like this ensures that you get your money’s worth, that they continue to work hard to maintain their quality reputation and that they will appreciate your business and show that in the work quality they provide you.