Typically, when your air conditioning unit goes out, it’s never when it’s 60 degrees outside and holding, and that is why most of the time, air conditioning repairs aren’t known about until they’re an emergency. 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. Even though you’re frustrated with the situation, don’t use a blanket statement for the technician and tell them to “do whatever it takes” in terms of getting it fixed, as this can really give them a chance to hurt your pocketbook big time.
It’s important to check with your home insurance provider after the technician gives you a service estimate and see if your policy will already cover some of these items, or what you’ll be on the hook for financially. 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.
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. 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. Reviews are available online that can point you in the right direction, so make sure you to take advantage of these.
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.