Know what to do in an AC emergency this summer

With temperatures already in the triple digits, now could be the worst time for your air conditioner to fail. If this happens to you, Better Business Bureau advises to carefully research local air conditioning contractors before scheduling repairs.

If you find yourself in need of AC repair, BBB recommends to:

– Compare several company’s prices and service packages. Get at least three estimates for any air conditioning repair or maintenance work. Utilize BBB’s Request-a-Quote service to instantly connect with BBB Accredited Businesses. All bids should be in writing and should provide a full description of the services.

– Research background and licensing information. Visit bbb.org to see the BBB Business Review of any AC service company you plan to hire. This will show the company’s rating with BBB, any history of complaints as well as background information. Also, make sure the company is licensed by the state and insured.

– Ask about energy efficient systems. Many new air conditioning units are built to be more energy efficient than others, which often qualifies them to be tax deductible. Make sure you get the necessary paperwork to cash in on those savings.

– Review warranty coverage. Find out if the company offers any type of warranty or guarantee. Make certain you understand the terms and conditions of the coverage. Also, be sure to check the warranty on your current air conditioning unit to determine whether any repairs or replacements may be covered.

~ Erik