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. Because the rates for emergency calls are normally twice as expensive as normal service calls, the budget can especially suffer from this type of emergency service need. While your current frustration level might be to the point where you tell the technician to do whatever needs to be done, this is almost giving them permission to take advantage of you on the price line.
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. Purchasing parts from the company who gives you the estimate usually means you’ll be paying a premium on them, so take this time to search for a price on your own for whatever your system needs. 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.
Of course, if they tell you your entire air conditioning system needs replaced, make sure you evaluate your choices in terms of how much longer you plan to stay in the house, how the value of the new unit will affect the resale value and how much or how often you use the unit overall. Once you’ve had a chance to go over all these details, you’ll have the decision making tools you need to select either the low-priced, high-priced or middle level option in terms of available systems for your home.
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. Reviews are available online that can point you in the right direction, so make sure you to take advantage of these.
Family, friends, coworkers and even neighbors might also give you referrals if they have recently worked with one and can give you their unbiased opinion about the work that was done. 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.