Why City Life Can Suck: Reason #492

I’ve lived in a lot of different cities. How hard do you think it can it be to find a good HVAC contractor? Or a plumber? Or an electrician? Or a painter?

Let me set the scene for you. My furnace doesn’t work, so now my heating is out. Done. So I did the next logical thing, see if I can figure out what’s wrong with it myself. I can light a pilot light like nobody’s business – watch out! Nope, that wasn’t it. So I did the next logical thing by getting on Angie’s List to find a good HVAC contractor. They came out, and quoted a price of $700.

I decided to use the HVAC guy that other people in my building use since he was somewhat highly regarded and knew what he was doing.  He quoted me a price of $575, came out and did the repairs while I was at work, but had to come back out today to put on the finishing touches.

I could go on, but my point is that it can be quite difficult to find good service people around here. So if you do find someone good, hold on to them. As a matter of fact I would suggest that even if you are not currently looking, that you are always on the lookout for highly recommended AC technicians. Those things need regular maintenance anyway, and you won’t want to have them out of commission if it’s too hot or too cold out, after all.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Hailing from the Mile High City, Max has also lived in Tinsel Town, the Emerald City, as well as the City of Brotherly Love. Now a District resident, he likes to write about cool photos by local photographers, the DC restaurant and bar scene, or anything else that pops into his mind.

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