It is important to keep handy the contacts of a few professional HVAC companies who can help you handle all your air conditioner related issues. Hiring an inexperienced repairman is not going to be cheap as you consider. Though their rates would be comparatively lower than professional ones they usually don’t have the expertise and will be able to provide only a temporary solution. The problem will recur and you will end up paying more than what you would have paid hiring a professional repairman. Professionals will be able to provide you a permanent repair solution and can solve the issue without damaging other parts of the unit. So to find out whether you are hiring a professional you should check whether the company has got the necessary experience and is licensed. A relatively new company won’t have the required experience so it is always safe to hire technicians from a well established and reputable HVAC service company.
You also have to check whether the company provides insurance for its workers. In case of accidents the company should be able to pay for the damage or else you will have to bear such expenses. Hire them for a maintenance service in order to check the quality of their work and the amount of attention that they give to your work which will help you judge whether they are the right choice. Inquire about their rates and the tasks involved and compare it with other companies to check whether the company repair and maintenance charges are reasonably priced.