After a long day at work, nothing compares to coming home, kicking off your shoes, and just sinking into your favorite chair. Many of us, however, have returned to that dreaded stuffy feeling and headed to the thermostat only to realize that something isn’t working the way that it should. Frustrated by this unfortunate turn of events that has cut into your precious relaxation time, you rush to find the cheapest and least time consuming option to get your air conditioner running again. Alas, making such a decision while flustered can prove more costly in the long run. What then, should you do, and how can you make an informed decision about what price is best? Read on and find out.
Keep Calm & Call SWAN
Many less than reputable companies rely on your immediate need to coax you into rash decisions. In your haste to take care of the problem either for your own comfort or to take care of your family, you may overlook suspicions you have regarding outrageous claims. The low prices and seemingly hassle-free promises fit so perfectly into what you’re looking for that it’s almost too good to be true.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what these ads are. Under normal circumstances, such attempts would raise warning flags to steer us clear of their traps, but with the heat and desperation beating you down, you are more susceptible. Even though you are under pressure to resolve this issue, take the time to research companies with attractive reviews and track records of great service. Though you may not choose to employ the business you read about, you will still get a feel for reasonable pricing and know what to expect.
Think Long-Term About Your Comfort
After settling down, ponder exactly what you will be paying for. Not all of the low prices you see are scams, but they may represent the bare minimum of service. If your system is more complex or larger than what their basic offer covers, you will have to pay the difference. Furthermore, these companies who offer quick fixes usually disappear into the night after doing work of very little quality. Hiring a larger company typically comes with the benefit of warranties and follow-up services that will cost less than hiring another fly-by-night business.
Some smaller businesses will also do very high quality work, but they come at the disadvantage of longer wait times. Larger companies’ higher rates encompass the convenience of more staff to address your problem in a timelier manner. Making a calm, and collected decision about your budget versus how immediate the problem is will determine which route you should take.
Ask AC Companies Questions
Though researching on your own is very effective (and highly encouraged), you will inevitably encounter a question you cannot answer on your own. Companies who are desperate to come out and make you an offer rarely attempt to help you figure out what type of system you have or the best course of action without trying to charge you in some way. More reputable businesses are looking to serve you in the most efficient way possible to save everyone time.
Perhaps your issue is an easy fix, and you just want clarification that what another repairman told you is legitimate. Maybe you can’t figure out the type of system you have and need to be pointed in the right direction to get started researching exactly what it is you need. Whatever the case, don’t be afraid to ask. Any business that is worth working with will be happy to answer your questions to the best of their ability and build trust, which leads to our final tip.
Build A Relationship With Your AC Company
With all the fakes out there looking to take your money and leave you in an even worse state than you began, it’s no wonder so many people end up questioning the intentions of legitimate businesses as well. The only way to counter this is to get to know individuals and build a working relationship with them based on trust and respect. In this way, you will not have to question the quality of service you are getting because you will know the person doing the work as well as the company they represent.
Finding a business that you trust takes time, and may even involve some trial and error, but it comes with many benefits.
- Reliable technicians who are certified and have an observable, proven record
- Quick resolution to emergencies as they occur
- Peace of mind that you have a plan ready
- People you recognize and know ready to serve you locally
- Repairs will be covered under warranty
And these are only a few of the advantages you get from having a company that you regularly call upon for your air conditioning needs. Simply knowing when something goes wrong that you have someone to rely on will also save you all the trouble of going through the entire process described above as you will have built that relationship already instead of having to research all over again and sift through the incessant reminders of ads that intend to prey upon you rather than help.
So, Are Pricey AC Repairs Worth It? Our Conclusion:
In the end, you should make a decision that fits your budget and takes care of the problem. Be wary of offers that seem too good to be true, because more often than not, they will leave you worse off than you started either by charging you more with hidden fees or performing work that does not meet standards. Choosing between a larger or smaller company comes down to how immediate your needs is and your long-term needs.
If you are curious about specific pricing and all the benefits of hiring a company devoted to your success, please feel free to browse our site and of course to contact us with questions. We are always happy to help you come to an informed conclusion without pressuring you into a decision. Remember, stay calm, consider long-term advantages and disadvantages, ask questions, and build a working relationship with a company you can trust.