So you’ve taken the first step. You did extensive research on Google and Home Advisor, and you’ve found a couple HVAC companies in the Tampa Bay area that meet your needs. Maybe one is on the way now to give you an air conditioning estimate. But how do you know which company to choose? What can you look out for during an estimate to ensure that you’re selecting the best of the best? Read on to find out.
What to Keep In Mind During An Estimate:
1. Appearances Really Aren’t That Deceiving.
Our mothers always told us not to judge a book by its cover… but sometimes, that isn’t the best course of action. You can tell a lot about a company from the way it’s presented during an air conditioning estimate.
Do they have a good website? Are the techs dressed professionally? Does their truck look well-maintained? You should be answering yes to all of these questions, because presentation really is crucial in this business. If you want things done right, it’s important to invest in a company that invests in themselves. So be discerning– we won’t tell your mom.
2. Don’t Get Caught Without a Guarantee.
Many companies in Tampa do not offer peace-of-mind guarantees. If you want to be sure that you’re getting the best of the best, remember to ask about guarantees. For example, Air Express offers a two-year satisfaction guarantee– if you aren’t 100% satisfied with our service after two years, we will provide a full reimbursement. We trust our product and our technicians, so we feel confident when we provide these kinds of guarantees. Companies that don’t offer them are typically trying to hide something. So don’t go with the sketchy company just to save a couple dollars.
3. Quality Service is ALWAYS the Most Important.
A lot of companies pride themselves on being the quickest to provide service… however, speed is often associated with error. A service tech should be spending time in your home, discussing your unique needs and diagnosing potential problems. So don’t choose the first company to arrive at your home or the company who provides the quickest estimate. We know it’s tempting, especially when you’re stuck in the heat, but you’ll be happier long-term if you make an educated decision. You’ll also likely save money on future repairs!
4. Remember the Reviews.
We’re not saying that you should always go with the company with the most reviews– but make sure to spend some time sifting through any reviews you find online. Check Home Advisor, Angie’s List, Google, Facebook, and Yelp before making a decision. If you see an abundance of bad reviews disguised by some positive ones, think twice before hiring that company. Even if the company is a big name in the Tampa area, you might not be able to trust them for quality service.
5. Go With Your Gut.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when making a decision of this nature, especially if you’re springing for an installation. But if you have a really great conversation with a tech, and you feel like you can trust them, then go with your gut and move forward. Just make sure you do your research beforehand!
In conclusion, get excited– your air conditioning estimate means that you’re one step closer to getting cool and staying cool! And if you think we’d be a good fit for your needs, feel free to contact us. We’d love to service your home!