When looking for the most reliable air conditioning repair can offer, it's best to do your homework before hiring. Looking for a reputable AC repair contractor that can be trusted can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Instead of simply opening up a phone book and hiring the first company you see, take the time to make sure they can do the job well.
Company profiles, reviews, and ratings are available online for many of the air conditioning repair contractors, and this information is often very indicative of what kind of service you can expect from a company. If you have no friends or family who can personally vouch for a specific AC repair contractor, ask an employee a few simple questions about their general business practices. Depending on the answers they provide, you can decide whether or not to hire them for your AC repair needs.
The first questions you should ask are regarding contractor certification, qualifications, and insurance. These are basic necessities to ensure you will be hiring a legitimate company with employees that know what they're doing. You can also ask about their service guarantees, product guarantees, and maintenance costs. One of the most important factors in hiring a certain AC repair company is whether or not their contractors get paid commission on the products they sell. If a contractor is being paid on commission they will have much more of an incentive to sell you a new expensive air conditioning unit instead of simply fixing a small inexpensive problem with your current air conditioner.
The same principle can be applied to how big of an air conditioning unit they will attempt to sell you. Homes and businesses need only so much power (measured in BTUs) from their air conditioners. If a system is larger than your home or business requires, the air conditioner will not only be inefficient in energy usage but it will also not be able to fully condition the air indoors. When it comes to air conditioners, a bigger appliance than you actually need is never better. An over powered air conditioner will short cycle, which means that it will run for shorter amounts of time than it actually should. In addition to this, the unit will not be able to run long enough to properly remove humidity from the air. A considerable amount of heat indoors can be attributed to humidity, so the removal of humidity indoors is absolutely vital to the space feeling cool. A reliable AC repair company will be willing to give you a sizing calculation, which relies on the indoor temperature, outdoor temperature, and size of the building you will be cooling. Giving you an estimate on what BTU capacity is needed to cool your living or working space can save you thousands of dollars in wasted energy over the lifetime of your air conditioner. This is just one example of why it's important to find an AC repair company that you feel is trustworthy and deserves to do business with you.