Usually, the only time people pay attention to their air conditioning units or realize they need maintenance is after they’ve unexpectedly broken down and they’re trying to hide from 100 degree heat outside. 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. See if they will install them for you or if they won’t work with them because they didn’t provide them, as this may help you in your choice of where to buy also.
There are some factors to consider if the service tech informs you that your entire system needs replaced, and these include how often and how much you use the unit, how the value of the unit could affect the future sale of your home and how much longer you plan to reside in this particular house. 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.
This work should last you for several years, so make sure whatever company you hire has a solid reputation and expert service workers who can get this done for you. When you spend the time doing this, it’s going to give you confidence in the work you’ve paid for and show you that the price of the service was well worth it. Take advantage of the free reviews that are posted online as you’re deciding which one to work with.
See if you can gain any recommendations by talking to coworkers, friends, family members and neighbors and ask if they have worked with an air conditioner repair company lately, and if so, what their experience was like. 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.