How to Avoid HVAC Scams


Heating and air conditioning repair can sometimes be a costly repair, especially if you come into contact with contractors that charge unfair prices. Unfortunately, there are a lot of contractors that are out to scam you, so when you’re shopping around for a repair for your heating or cooling system, or if you’re looking for a complete system replacement, stay on guard because dishonest companies are out there and ready to make money off of you. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself when it comes to hiring an HVAC company.

Tip #1: Beware if contractors ask for money up front.
If you have a company ask you for the total cost of repair/replacement up front, this should be a red flag. It’s not uncommon for companies to ask you to make a down payment, then complete final payment upon completion of the job, but if you have been asked to have it all paid up front before the work has even started, you should beware. Not only could they take your money and run, they could also be charging an extremely high amount for a poorly completed job. In addition, always be sure that you get a written estimate before the job begins so you have proof of the agreement between you and the company.

Tip #2: Beware of free tune-ups.
Free estimates are great, but free tune-ups are usually a trick. These may sound like really tempting deals but in all reality, the contractor may be trying to get you to sign up for an unnecessary service that could end up being really costly in the long run.

Tip #3: Ask for old or replaced parts.
If you’re feeling skeptical about the work that’s being done on your heating or cooling system and the repairman says that a part needs to be replaced, it’s okay to ask for the old part. That way, you can take the part to a certified HVAC company and get their opinion. If it ends up that you have been ripped off, you will have license to go back to the other company and take action to get a refund.

Tip #4: Research licensing.
When you’re looking for an HVAC company or contractor, always be sure that they’re licensed. It’s ok to ask directly for this information, then do your research online and see how their reviews hold up against other companies in the same area.

All in all, hiring a heating and air conditioning company does not have to be an unpleasant experience. It just requires a little bit of research, investigation, and paying attention to some details. Comparing quotes and information from company to company is always a wise move. That way, you’re sure you get a qualified and trustworthy company to work on your heater or air conditioner.

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