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. 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.
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. 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. Take advantage of the free reviews that are posted online as you’re deciding which one to work with.
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. 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.