Technician Repairing Air Conditioner

While the worst of the Arizona summer is finally over, there are still plenty of hot days left in the year. That fact means that your HVAC system has been through quite of an ordeal over the past three months and still has plenty of work to do. Now, is the time to get a post-season check-up on it to make sure that it continues to operate reliably and efficiently when next summer comes along.

Here are a few tips on how to find a qualified and trustworthy AC technician to help you accomplish this important task.

Compare pricing

As August winds down into September, HVAC companies are just a little more hungry for work than during the height of the summer season. Now is the best time to get the best rates for any HVAC work from a simple post-season inspection to major air conditioning repairs. Get three estimates – in writing, of course! – and use them as bargaining tools. You, your AC unit and your wallet will be all the happier for the effort.

Check their credentials

Visit the websites of the Better Business Bureau and the local Chamber of Commerce to research your selected companies for any complaints. In addition, inspect their licenses, bonding and insurance cards to ensure that they are covered in the event that something untoward happens. Reputable companies are more than happy to provide this information as it differentiates them from the “fly by night” companies that prey on unsuspecting homeowners.

Understand what they should do

A thorough HVAC check involves more than turning down the thermostat and listening to the system operate. A good technician will also check all the refrigerant lines, the mechanical operation of both the evaporator and condenser and even the incoming and outgoing ductwork to ensure that there are no kinks or other obstructions to proper airflow. It takes at least an hour to accomplish these tasks. Do not settle for a fifteen minute “meet and greet” inspection.

Consult your friends and neighbors

Nothing is more valuable than personal experience when it comes to dealing with an HVAC company… except, perhaps, for reliable advice. Consult your friends, neighbors and relatives to get their opinions on the local HVAC companies. Reputable companies pride themselves on keeping their customers happy as they know that good “word of mouth” reports are the best possible advertising for their business.

At Howard Air, we’re confident that our highly-qualified, professional technicians will earn your trust and do impeccable work for our valued customers. For further information, please visit us at Howard Air. We can be found online at or reached directly at 623-201-5153.