Choosing An Air Conditioner Repair Company

This handy checklist will help you to make sure you hire someone reliable from the dozens of air conditioning contractors available in your area.

1) Go By Testimonials and Reviews

Like most of us, if you received great service somewhere, you probably tell friends and family about that experience. And it’s no different when it comes to the company that fixes or services your air conditioner. It means that looking online for comments, reviews and testimonials from a company’s previous customers can give you a good idea of whether you would want to use that company or not, or move on to the next one on your list. A new company just may not have any customer reviews yet, so that’s something to keep in mind. However, an absence of reviews from other customers may also mean that the company just doesn’t want to share the negative reviews it has received from others.

2) Be Careful Of Prices That Are Too Low

Of course, none of us likes to pay more than we have to for anything, including air conditioning repairs or service calls. But some more unscrupulous contractors will charge a lot for repair costs, while at the same time have a low rate for a service call. It may sound tempting, but it means that often that cheap service call ends up costing more than it really should. The technician is already at your house ready to carry out the repair, so it’s much easier to have them do the repair even if it is overpriced, than call someone else. If it’s 100 degrees outside and your air conditioner just isn’t working, you just want it fixed, regardless of the rates. Something is probably off, if it seems too good to be true and that old adage applies to air conditioning contractor costs too.

Air conditioning company employees probably aren’t getting paid well if the company is charging customers really low prices. On the other hand, the best and most experienced A/C technicians are attracted to those companies that pay higher salaries. It all means that in the long run you’ll pay less, as your air conditioning unit will have been repaired properly the first time by a technician who is well paid, takes pride in their work and cares for the customer.

3) Who Is At Your Door?

Taking a look at the vans that a company uses can give you a surprisingly accurate picture of how they operate; they may not take care of your air conditioning unit as you would like them to if their vehicles are not maintained, or are filthy. Poor service may be the order of the day if the technician shows up in a dirty and scratched van. However, they’ll probably treat your A/C unit with care if they treat their vehicles the same way.

4) Clean Cut and Professional Technicians

You don’t want a guy showing up at your door who is scruffily dressed and clearly hasn’t showered in a while, especially if you are a stay at home mother, perhaps with small children in the house with you. You can always rely on our technicians to be clean-cut, neat and wearing the company uniform, and we understand just how important appearances can be when it comes to winning the trust of our customers.

5) Standard Pricing

We know some air conditioning companies that vary the prices for the same job depending on the part of town that you live in; in other words you’ll be charged more if you live in a ritzy neighborhood. This website may be a good help with pricing. Needless to say, we don’t do that and you can rely on us to have standardized and fair pricing for all our work. Standardized pricing should be something you look for in an air conditioning company, as well as professional and experienced employees who will get the job done properly.

6) Warranties

Don’t work with an air conditioning company that isn’t prepared to stand behind the work they do. In other words, any reputable air conditioning company will offer a warranty on the work they do.

7) Continuing Training

If possible, work with an air conditioning company that provides ongoing training to their technicians, as air conditioning technology and equipment changes constantly, just like everything else. Whether you have a brand new air conditioner or a unit that’s 20 years old, you can then be assured that the technician will be familiar with it and can repair it.

8) Awards

Accolades and awards will give you a clue that a particular company is a leader in their field, and before working with an air condition company, ask them about any awards or recognition.

Tips For Choosing The Best Air Conditioner For Your Home

One of the easiest types of air conditioners that you can install is window air conditioners. The reason for this is that you don’t have to worry about clearing space out in a room, and usually, the machine itself comes with braces to fit into the window itself. This is amazing for removing in the winter, but also easy to put back in during any hot streaks.

The below six tips will help you figure out what to do with your conditioner, and also the best way to complete each step.

Measure the Entire Room for AC Installation

The important factor here is that you know how strong the device you are buying is so that you don’t overload the room. Or worse, you won’t be able to feel the cold air it pumps out. This is why getting the square footage of the room is vital, and an air-conditioner that will adequately cool the room. You’ll also need to think about how crowded the room is, and how large doors are into other rooms.

Size The Window

Knowing the type and size of the window is a necessity when shopping for an air conditioner. This is because you want to buy one for the window you have, be it a double window or a casement window. Buying the wrong type will make it harder for you to install, and in some instances, you won’t be able to do anything with it. Also, ensuring the device does not block a fire exit is very important.

Energy Efficiency

You need to make sure that you get an energy-efficient model. This is because you want to get the maximum use out of it, but without breaking the bank. If you can control the temperature of the air conditioner, change speeds, and put it in sleep mode, you’ll know you have the right one. A unit without these is just asking for trouble.

Installing the Unit

It is never really a good idea to have only one person install an air-conditioner. They tend to be heavy, awkward and hard to manage. Having someone help you is a great idea. Double-hung windows are the easiest as the air-conditioner should come with a kit to ensure it is mounted correctly.

You want always to make sure that you get an air-tight fit so that cold air does not escape back outside, or worse, that your unit falls out of the window. Make sure to get all the attachments onto the window before you start drilling. This ensures a perfect fit.

While one person raises the lower pane of the window, they can also help you sit the conditioner inside. Wait until you know it is in place before letting go, and that the windowsill is wide enough to fit. If it is not, you’ll need to install additional brackets.

Most units can be secured with both the bracket and the window itself, which prevents movement while you install the rest. Once you have a secure hold and know it will not fall out, you’ll want to use weatherstripping on the inside of the window, caulk around the outside.

If for some reason you are unable to get a seal, you can always use plywood for a secure fit, or shop for another unit that works better.

Turn it On

This is the part that is the most important, and also will show if you’ve installed things correctly. You’ll want to make sure it is plugged into a strong circuit by itself. This is because of the large amount of power used, which means it is wise to keep other plug-ins away from it. It will also come with a cord, one that can handle the draw of power. Always make sure to use the shortest possible cord, and change the filter when directed.

Air Conditioning Storage and Removal

If you have to remove the air conditioner, you must ensure that the seal will still hold on the window. This is why many people simply leave the machine in the window all the time. You want to make sure, though, if you remove it, that you take all the weatherstripping out and never drop it machine. Also, store it in a dry place away from anything corrosive.