Spring offers a good opportunity to get some HVAC maintenance and repairs done. However, be careful of which contractors you hire, as this can also be a peak season for HVAC scams. Dependable Heating & Air Conditioning, one of the top HVAC replacement contractors, shares some quick tips on how you can spot an HVAC bait-and-switch scam below.
Recognizing a Scam
Many bait-and-switch scams start off with telemarketing. Someone will call you up and offer you special discounts on their HVAC services. They may try to convince you that your air conditioner is in need of immediate repair, or they might even claim that your air conditioner may have toxic mold inside it because your neighbors’ AC units do. They’ll give you multiple reasons why you may require their services ASAP, so be wary when they make it sound urgent.
They may also claim that you’ll be getting a good deal from them, but the catch is that you’ll have to agree to something right away. When the conversation turns this direction, you can decline then and there or tell them that you need time to think about it. Reputable HVAC companies will never pressure you into making a decision right away: they’ll give you plenty of time to think about your decision.
How to Prevent a Scam
To avoid getting scammed by unscrupulous companies, take the following precautions:
- Get to know the business you’re dealing with. Research them thoroughly, and never sign any contracts until you have all the information you need about them.
- Feel free to call other contractors and ask for a second opinion. This way, you can verify if there’s a problem with your HVAC system. Of course, it’s also important to be sure and hire a reputable company.
- Knowledge is power, so keep yourself updated on any maintenance and repairs performed on your HVAC system.