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Four Things to Consider Before Repairing Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

There’s nothing more frustrating than having heating and air conditioning systems break down in the hottest part of the summer, or having one that doesn’t work as efficiently as it could. However, customers can avoid much of that frustration by doing a bit of preventive maintenance. Contact a repair technician for more complicated tasks, and the system will continue to heat and cool properly and efficiently. Below are four things for customers to consider if they need HVAC repairs.

If It’s Too Good to be True….
If a repair deal seems too good to be true, it likely is. HVAC contractors often have seasonal specials, but if a company advertises a service call that’s much cheaper than others (or even free), there’s a good reason why. Stay away from these offers, as such companies often make up the difference in surcharges.

Beware of Lowball Estimates
Everyone wants to save money on air conditioning and heating repairs, but a low price is typically an indicator of a technician or a company that cuts corners and fails to do things according to manufacturer specifications. Choose wisely!

Stay Away from Fly-by-Night Contractors
20% of all HVAC companies fail each year, and the longer a company remains in business, the better the customer typically fares. Choose a contractor that’s been in business long enough to have withstood economic fluctuations, and don’t choose one that’s only been in business for a few months.

Use the Phone Book With Caution
Choosing a contractor out of the phone book is a bit of a gamble, and the outcome doesn’t always work in the customer’s favor. Yellow Pages ads can be deceiving, and customers should thoroughly research each company they consider. The right time to contact a tech is not when the system fails; customers should call before problems arise. Through preventive maintenance, small problems can be fixed before they get out of hand.

Establishing a good business relationship with website can benefit the customer in many ways, such as increased safety, improved performance and extended the lifespan of heating and air conditioning systems. Moreover, it helps customers avoid expensive failures while saving on monthly utility bills. Hiring a pro is an investment, but it can pay for itself in the end.

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