Unfortunately, most of the time people find out their air conditioning needs repaired when it’s just broken down and the temperature outside is a balmy 100 degrees. These are the cases when they really pay out the nose for help because an emergency call is twice as expensive as a regular one. Many times, it can be easy to simply tell the technician to “do whatever it takes” but this is an easy way to get taken advantage of.
After you receive the estimate of the cost of repairs, call the home insurance company you have and see what they can cover and what you’ll be expected to pay for. This will also give you the opportunity to search for your own parts, instead of relying on the parts they will offer, which will usually be with a premium. It might be wise to talk to the service company first to see if they would be willing to install parts they didn’t provide or if they have a liability policy they have to follow that keeps them from doing so.
Of course, if they tell you your entire air conditioning system needs replaced, make sure you evaluate your choices in terms of how much longer you plan to stay in the house, how the value of the new unit will affect the resale value and how much or how often you use the unit overall. All of these will help you decide whether to take the low priced, the middle-priced or the high-priced option when they show you the list of choices.
Make sure you choose a reputable company with a solid reputation to work on your house, since this work is going to last you for several years. The time you invest into this will give you peace of mind and security that even though you might have paid a lot for the system, it’s going to operate as it should. Reviews are available online that can point you in the right direction, so make sure you to take advantage of these.
Talk to neighbors, coworkers, family members and friends to see if there is a company they would recommend based on personal experience or observation of their work ethics. This will ensure that you spend money with people who appreciate your business and who want to protect the reputation they’ve worked so hard to build.