What to Look for in an AC Repair Technician07/08/2015 The time has arrived to get your shorts out of storage, the weather is absolutely heating up here in Williamsport. Your AC will need to be prepped for a workout this season. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to have an AC repair professional chosen and thoroughly vetted before your AC has any issues surviving an incoming heatwave. It would be optimal if you could just pick the first number out of the phone book and trust that they’ll do an acceptable job, but there are companies out there that are looking to take advantage of your unfortunate predicament. We don’t want to leave you sweating a crooked repairman or the heat so the team at Lycoming Heating Company has some cautionary signs to look out for that let you know you may be dealing with a dishonest company. 1) Requesting Full Payment Before Starting Work A reputable company will provide you with an estimate prior to beginning any work. Any company demanding payment prior to starting work should be called into question. Another request of a shady company is asking for payment in cash. This could lead to problems down the road having your problem fixed correctly or completely. 2) Quotes a Cost Prior to Inspection A technician may have an inkling of what is going wrong with your air conditioner over a phone call, but they won’t be able to truly diagnose it 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 it’s an absolute must 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 have confidence in them to finish the work. By getting a signed contract before work begins you’re ensuring that you and your contractor are on the same page and you’ll have no unexpected 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 easily search online and see if licenses are required in your area. If you reside in a state that requires licensing, by choosing a licensed company, you’re safeguarding yourself from a company that uses inexperienced workers. And any grievances 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 look elsewhere. These warning signs will hopefully help guide you along as you’re looking for a trusted AC repair technician in the Williamsport area. The pros at Lycoming Heating Company are ready to get the job done right and earn your trust. Give us a call at 570-326-4450 or set up an appointment up with us anytime using our online scheduler.