So, what do you do when the temperature begins to rise in your home? Who do you call to fix it up without getting overcharged? Most people don’t know a whole lot about their heating and cooling systems. Maybe they have had some service work done previously but in most cases, when your system goes down, you really have no idea where to turn. Generally people will grab the Yellow Pages or log onto the Internet and search for companies that offer air conditioner repairs in the area where they live.
Most contractors know that you may not even know how much a particular part in your heating or cooling system actually cost so some trades people may quote you a much higher price to increase their profit! And you are clueless about it because this is not something you go through every day. You would not want to pay another service call to have someone else come out and quote you another price.
Some companies have the clever idea to charge customers on what they will call “flat rate pricing”. This is far better from the “parts and labour” charges most people are familiar with. The idea is that a customer would know exactly how much the repair is going to cost regardless of how long it will take.
This probably sounds like a fair deal but what it really does is give the company the chance not to inform customers of the parts and labour breakdown because as stated, all air conditioner repairs are on a flat rate price basis.
And instead of the customer supervising the technician to make sure he was not increasing the labour charges, the customer doesn’t know what principle was used to get the cost of a repair, the mark up on the parts or how much labour cost was added.
It is very seldom that there are any parts on a system, especially the ones that the technician would say that he carries on his truck, that may price more than $100 and take an hour or more to install. With this in mind you should decline a repair that is higher than $275 which the technician might say can be done “immediately”.
Professional companies have an experienced team of air conditioning engineers who regularly work on many different domestic and commercial projects, from air conditioner installation to maintenance. Besides, their services technicians and engineers should hold appropriate qualifications and attend manufacturers courses to ensure they are kept up to date with modern technological advances.
Such trusted companies understand the pressures of modern life and in order to minimise disruption, they will considerately plan installation around their clients’ business operation or your personal schedule. To limit the frequency of equipment breakdown and help avoid emergency call outs, they offer tailor made air conditioning maintenance packages.