Use these tips to find the right air conditioning contractor for you
Summer in the Midwest does not mess around. In Edwardsville, IL and the surrounding areas, people rely on their air conditioners to help them survive intense heatwaves that happen in the St. Louis Metro-East area. However, sometimes things break down – then, what do you do? How do you know which air conditioning company is right for the job? It may seem easy, but some may be dealing with this problem for the first time. For those of you scrambling to get you’re a/c fixed right now, take the following things into account when choosing someone to work in your home!
Ask Friends & Family
This is the easiest way to get a great recommendation on heating and cooling services. Many times, friends and family will divulge more detailed information to you than they would in an online review. You may get a better idea of price, process or receive a discount for being referred by a family member.
If you’ve asked your friends and family, and you’re not getting great answers, online reviews are your first step to coming up with an air conditioning company that meets your needs. Exhaust all platforms (Facebook, Google, etc.), and beware of fake reviews or automated reviews. Take advice from people that leave detailed info, proving that they’ve actually used the services.
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices via the internet, it’s time to get some quotes on the work you need done. All companies charge differently – you may pay for a service call and repairs with one company, while others may just charge a flat rate. Additionally, prices that contractors can offer on new systems depend on the size of the company, brand, make and model, etc.
Ask for References
If you’re truly doing your due diligence for a big project, it’s not a bad idea to ask for references. Any good contractor is more than happy to give you references and examples of craftsmanship. If they’re hesitant, you should be too.
Licensed, Bonded & Insured
You want to be protected in the case of anything going wrong while someone is working at your home. While your homeowners’ insurance should provide coverage, you also want your contractor to be properly licensed, bonded and insured. This ensures you and your home are covered for shoddy work, injuries and more.
Weight the Options
It’s not always best to go with the cheapest option. Weigh all the factors, and always err on the side of caution. If you think you’re getting a raw deal from someone, you probably are – pick someone else. You’ll be glad you paid a few dollars extra for a qualified contractor.