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Even though summer is at its end, the heat will likely continue into October, at least for a little while. And while the summer heat is still here, chances are you might need to do a few repairs before you close up shop for the next season.

Although two-thirds of all homes in the U.S. have AC units, not every repair is one that you can or should do yourself. For most end-of-season maintenance, you should find a licensed AC technician. Here’s how to find a great technician near you.

Do Your Research
Any important decision regarding your home requires a fair bit of research beforehand. Especially in technical areas, expertise is essential to ensure success. Familiarize yourself not only with information about your particular air conditioning system, but also with air conditioning companies in your area. Once you know what kind of system you’re working with, you can better determine what company to hire for their services.

Ask Around
Odds are that you know someone who has the same air conditioning unit as you do. If they have a company they trust with all of their maintenance needs, then there’s a good chance you’ll be able to use that company’s services comfortably, as well.

Seek Out Experience
The more experienced a company is, the better. Experienced, licensed AC technicians should know their way around multiple systems and be familiar with the multiple issues that could occur during the course of a long, hot summer.

Look Up References
The best way to determine whether or not an HVAC company is reputable is by asking current customers. If a company or a website can provide you with references and reviews, take advantage of them and gain an outsider perspective of the services they could potentially offer you.

Go Green
If being environmentally conscious is important to you, don’t be afraid to ask. Most companies will provide some form of eco-friendly service to you. However, you’ll never know just how green a company is unless you take the time to ask them about their eco-friendly policies.

The most important method of searching for a reputable HVAC company is to ask questions. If you never ask, you’ll never know!

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