What do to if your air conditioner breaks down on a hot and humid day? I guess most probably you will call an air conditioner contractor to your home. But how do you ensure that you don’t get overcharged? Now, let me shed some light on the real cost of an air conditioning repair service.
Many people have no idea how their air conditioner works. When your system breaks down one day, you will have no choice but to call a contractor to repair it. To look for air conditioner contractors, you will most probably do a search on Google or browse through your local directory like Yellow Pages.
The issue is that when some contractors know you are desperate for their services, they will inflate the price they yourself are going to pay. Sometimes, they may increase the rate by as much as 100%. If you do not know the market rate of air conditioner servicing, chances are you will pay many times more than what you should pay.
Today, most air conditioning contractors charge a flat rate. You will know what a repair was going to cost up front no matter how long it will take. Although this seems like a good idea, you will not know what formula the contractors used to get the price of a repair. What you can do is to collect a few quotes from a few contractors first. The price that they charge for repair service should not differ that much. If you any contractor quotes you a price which is two or three times more than what other companies quote, then you can smell something is fishy.
The important thing is when you call the contractors do not let them feel that you are desperate for their services. No matter how hard your home is, you should stay calm and collect a few quotes before you make any decision.
We cannot do anything to the contractors who over-quote us. But, we can prevent ourselves from paying more than what we should pay. So if you do not know the industry rate for an air conditioning repair service, you should check with your friends or business associates now. The best way to find a trustworthy contractor is to ask for a recommendation from your buddies. They should have their preferred choice of contractor and will be more than willing to recommend to you.