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. 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. 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.
After you receive the estimate of the cost of repairs, call the home insurance company you have and see what they can cover and what you’ll be expected to pay 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. Decisions of where to buy can also be affected by whether or not the service company will install parts they didn’t provide, so ask them about this beforehand.
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. The online reviews for each of the potential company matches will go a long way towards helping you choose the right one to hire.
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. This will ensure that you spend money with people who appreciate your business and who want to protect the reputation they’ve worked so hard to build.