It’s certainly no secret that air conditioning repairs are very expensive. In my experience this goes double, for homeowners and business owners in the Mojave Desert.
Both Phoenix and Las Vegas are two places that you cannot live in, if you do not have a central air conditioner. It is simply too hot to withstand the heat without one. So you would want to have your favorite air conditioning repair company on speed dial if you believe, for one second that your air conditioner is about to go on the fritz.
We asked 100 homeowners what was there biggest AC concern
We polled 100 homeowners in Las Vegas and ask them what their number one concerns was when it comes to calling an air conditioning repair company. the top 5 concerns I posted below.
The Number 1 concern; is the air conditioner defect stated by the technician, actually what is wrong with the AC?
The second most stated concern; Is the cost of the repair as stated by the technician reasonable?
The third concern; did the technician actually find a problem or possibly create a problem?
Number four; if i fix the problem as prescribed by the technician will the air conditioner continue to cool for the remainder of the season.
And finally the fifth most common concern; is the price for the repair within range of what other companies would charge.
It would appear that most people hold the primary concern of trust, when it comes to choosing an air conditioning repair company. Apparently they rank AC repair technicians right up there with used car salesman. And if that’s true most people just don’t know how to protect themselves. The company that is the easiest to find, may not always be the most honest and ethical when it comes to reliability and price.
Advice on how to protect yourself from unscrupulous companies
We asked Tamara Allen-Browne, the owner of TNA Heating and Cooling, what could be done to protect yourself as a homeowner, from fraud and receive an ethical treatment. These are the top tips she provided.
1. Ask the technician for details on your air conditioner problem. Make sure that they explain in detail, what is wrong and if possible what was the cause. If they have a problem with this, then you have the wrong AC contractor working on your unit.
2. If you do decide to let that particular technician, make the air conditioner repair on the spot, ask them if you can keep the parts that they removed so that you can dispose of them on your own. Of course if they say no, there is a high probability that someone may be attempting to pull a fast one. There are requirements for the disposal of a compressor, so be sure that the unit is emptied off of fluid and sealed shut.
3. If the cost of the repair exceeds a few hundred, and you can stand to be in the heat a little longer, the best advice I could give to any homeowner or business owner is to get a second opinion. This applies even if you have used this air conditioning contractor before. You will want to double check their work, and make sure that they are not replacing more expensive parts then what is really needed.
Following these three steps, should get you through just about any problem that you might have with an air conditioner. When possible it makes a lot more sense, to try and avoid an emergency air conditioning repair. The best way to do that is to make sure that every March or April, that you turn on your air conditioner, to make sure that it’s working. It is also a good idea to have your air conditioner inspected, by a licensed HVAC contractor in your town. The cost of this typically runs between $20 and $80. But in my humble opinion I believe if it was triple that amount of money, it would still be money well spent. As the summer temperatures climb to 105 degrees, knowing that your air conditioner will sustain for the entire season, is worth much more to me, then setting in a house that is just too hot to stand.