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. 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.
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. Once you know what your system needs, you can use this time to search for parts and see if you can find them at cheaper prices than the premium level offered by the service company. 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.
Make sure you choose a reputable company with a solid reputation to work on your house, since this work is going to last you 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. Take advantage of the free reviews that are posted online as you’re deciding which one to work with.
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. 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.