A Springtime Guide to Picking the Best AC Contractor
As you get ready for our Florida weather to ramp up the heat for spring, you might be thinking about installing a new air conditioner. Or maybe it’s time for that annual maintenance appointment to get your ductwork cleaned out and make sure your AC is running at its most efficient. Perhaps as you’ve run your AC this winter, you’ve noticed some uneven temperatures between rooms and think you might need a repair. Whatever the reason, Cooling Tampa has over 50 years of combined experience helping people liked you in our community. We want your business and we’re confident in our quality when you need an AC services contractor in Tampa, FL. That’s why we’ve put together this guide of some of the best ways to make sure a contractor is worth your time and money.
- Check reviews. Don’t just trust the testimonials on a company website. Smart homeowners know you need to look at a range of sources to get an unbiased look at customer satisfaction. Of course a business putting together their “resume” online is going to pick the best customer reviews to feature on their site. Read reviews on Google and Yelp to get a broader feel for customer’s experiences. Some of the most helpful reviews are when something unexpected goes wrong. When a customer has a surprise problem in the process of a repair, and the contractor is with them every step of the way to make it right, you get a better idea of their commitment.
- Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors about who they hire. Asking people you know about similar work they’ve had done is a great way to set an expectation for the work you’re likely to get if you hire that same contractor. Always ask if anything unexpected happened and how it was resolved.
- Get multiple quotes. If you’re getting a larger job done like duct installation, call three contractors for an estimate. A word of caution, some contractors will charge you a service call fee for visiting your home to make an estimate so check this first. Even though you might have to pay $50-75 for a visit, if it means a big savings in cost to get the job done, it’s worth it. Make sure you compare estimates apples to apples. Ask for the estimate in writing to include the parts and labor costs. Some businesses will charge a flat fee no matter how long the job takes, others will charge by the hour. Sometimes a business will offer a warranty on their work for a period of time. Use these differences to decide.
- Trust your instincts. When it comes to integrity, you often have to rely on your gut. While we wouldn’t recommend using instinct as the only way to hire someone, it’s a must that you feel comfortable with the person coming into your home.
We want to show you our commitment to your satisfaction. If you need an AC services contractor in Tampa Bay Area, FL gives Cooling Tampa a call at 813-971-0563.