With spring and summer temperatures on the rise, air conditioners begin the task of maintaining interior environments. Inevitably, hvac systems require repair or replacement. Avoid air conditioning scams by becoming an educated consumer.
Air conditioning appliances and systems of all makes and models carry a manufacturer’s warranty. Some consumers opt for purchasing extended warranties. Before hiring a repair company, check to see if the units warranty is current and what services it covers. The manufacturer often supplys consumers with a list of qualified hvac repair service companies.
Research the Repair Company
Some companies operating as air conditioning scams may advertise a quality Better Business Bureau rating. Double check by visiting the BBB website and find the particulars of the company. The BBB not only provides a letter grade rating, but additionally provides client complaints and resolutions in detail. Another option for researching the reputation of companies includes checking with the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Telltale Signs of Air Conditioning Scams
Be sure that the company or contractor you’re interested in hiring has an actual physical address and visit the location if possible. Often times, dummy companies do not provide this information or use a phony address.
Even if explaining your A/C problem in depth over the phone, do not accept a quote for repair services. Qualified hvac repair professionals only offer an estimate after physically evaluating your appliance or the entire cooling system.
Protect yourself and your system from costly and perhaps unnecessary repairs by obtaining estimates from multiple contractors. Get written estimates from each company. Always read the fine print of the estimate or the repair contract.
Exercise caution when companies offer free air conditioner cleaning or free maintenance. These unnecessary services generally evolve into the discovery of faulty parts or units that scam artists offer at inflated prices.
Likewise, be wary of individuals offering to maintain units annually by adding coolant. Air conditioning units do not leak with normal use. If your air conditioner fails to cool efficiently, or you notice increased electricity usage, a qualified contractors has the necessary equipment for detecting leaks or other problems.
Use Common Sense
If a quoted price seems too good to be true, the services are more than likely offered by a less than reputable company.
Never pay for services upfront before any actual repair or maintenance work occurs.
Another favorite of air conditioning scams includes informing the home or business owner that their unit requires multiple replacement parts. If an older unit or system fails in providing adequate service, a reputable contractor generally advises replacement.
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