Residential and commercial HVAC systems are significant investments. You only want to trust reliable professionals to install, repair and maintain your equipment. Before hiring a company, do background checks, read reviews, ask to see certifications and inquire about warranties. The more information you have, the less likely you are to be taken advantage of.
Continue reading to discover some of the most common HVAC scams.
Common Bait-and-Switch Scams
Many scams start through telemarketing. Out of the blue, someone will call you and inform you that they currently have discounts for your area. They might tell you that a part of your air conditioning system will eventually fail. Another common thing they say is that nearby homes have harmful mold in their AC units, meaning you have it too.
These people will try to convince you that you need their service. In many situations, they will claim that your AC system needs repairs or a replacement. They will either claim that you are dealing with an urgent issue or will miss out on a great discount if you don’t hire them. If someone is offering you something too good to be true, it probably is! These individuals may even pressure you to sign a contract immediately or pay a significant down payment.
How to Avoid Them
One of the easiest ways to avoid getting scammed is to get multiple estimates from different contractors. Ask for referrals from your friends and family. You can also search for reputable local companies online. Make sure to do your research on your prospective HVAC contractors. Hire a company with a license, insurance and certifications. Determine what your equipment really needs and how much the service will cost.
Another thing that can help you avoid getting scammed is regular inspections and maintenance. This will allow you to keep track of your HVAC system’s condition. The more you know about your equipment, the less likely it is that someone can take advantage of you.
At Acker Heating & Cooling, we’re here to take good care of your cooling and heating systems. We have been the area’s trusted residential and commercial HVAC company for nearly three decades. Call us at (706) 715-2607 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.