AC repairs needed, get a second opionion

It seems like the most inconvenient time for an appliance to break down, is usually when it does. So when the temperatures hit 95 degrees it was inconvenient. Considering that the week before the highest temperature was only 75. I guess that is one of those things that goes along side of living in Las Vegas. When the temperature decides to get hot it can climb 25 degrees in just a few days. It’s a little hard to get used to.

air conditioner repair in Las Vegas

air conditioner repair in Las Vegas

For that reason most of us decide that we will not turn on our air conditioners until we absolutely have to. The main reason for this is that it is pretty expensive to buy electricity in Nevada. Some parts of the country pay as little as 50 cents what utility costs are in Las Vegas and Henderson. So it should be no surprise that people put off running the air conditioner as long as they possibly can.

And like so many others this year I was confronted with the urgent need for air conditioning repair Had I  only turned on the AC the week before I would not be sitting in a hot house.

Fortunately I was able to go to the Internet and locate an air conditioning repair company, very quickly. In fact I found at least 2 dozen in just the first two minutes. This left me wondering how do I choose the right AC repair contractor for the job.

AC repair las vegas

AC repair las vegas

My first concern was for price. I don’t want to get stuck with a larger bill then is necessary. So I begin to look for companies that had higher ratings on Yelp and Google+. I also read a few reviews to get a feel for what each company was all about. I was surprised to know that nearly all of the HVAC companies had some type of bad reviews. It makes me wonder if these are legitimate reviews or if they are competitors just leaving poor reviews.

I’ve been cross-referenced my final three picks to the Nevada State Contractors Board to ensure that the AC repair company was licensed by the state. Also, the Nevada State Contractors Board tells us the contractor has a dispute or an unresolved matter.

By then I proceeded to call the top three companies that I’ve chosen and ask them what they charge to come out and make the repair. All of them said basically the same thing; they would need to see the air conditioner to know what was exactly wrong.

One of the HVAC contractors charged $89.00 to come out and inspect my air conditioner but told me that that $89 would be waived if I chose them to do the repair. This sounded like a lot of money so I told them that I would call them back.

Free estimates on Air conditioning repairs are not always free

The second company said that they would charge nothing to tell me what was wrong with the air conditioner and I could choose whether or not to make the repair. Of course these sounds like a tremendous deal. There is very little in this world I have found that beats free. So I invited them out right away.

The last company charged a 20 dollar service fee to diagnose my air conditioning problem. They also said that if they made the repair that they would waive their $20 diagnostic fee. So I scheduled an appointment with them as well. $20 is not such a high price to pay to know exactly what I was in for.

I was somewhat surprised to find out that the company that charged nothing to do a diagnostics on my air conditioner wanted $770 to make the same repairs that the $20 diagnostics company only wanted $424. Both of them gave me written estimates that were nearly identical to each other

Lesson learned

I guess I was wrong about the value of free. It turns out that the company that only charged $20.00 was remarkably cheaper. Of course I authorize them to make the air conditioning repair on the spot. There is a lot to learn from this endeavor of mine. I will always get at least two opinions whenever I order any type of appliance repair from now on. I will also not be afraid to pay a small fee for a diagnostics.