It’s a troubling feeling when you suspect you’re getting scammed but aren’t entirely sure. It’s even worse when it involves a big investment for your house, like your heating and air conditioning system. In this article, Anthony’s Cooling-Heating-Electrical, a reputable HVAC contractor in Florida, shares three tips to help you fend off crooked companies and avoid rip-offs.
Make sure the HVAC company is licensed, bonded, and insured.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of contractors out there who are operating without proper licensing, bonding, and/or insurance. During your initial consultation, be sure to ask for important and necessary information in order to distinguish a legitimate business from a fraudulent one ahead of time. Any reputable business will have no problem showing you their license, bond, and insurance details.
Pay attention to how many extra parts they say you need.
Replacing parts needlessly is a common tactic used by scammers to convince people to choose a unit replacement instead of regular repair service. If the list of components your local technician is attempting to order appears overly lengthy, get a second opinion. It’s important to understand what could be wrong with your system before ringing for heating, air conditioning, or electric repairs in order to easily sniff out shady practices.
Be wary of prices that are too low.
Some HVAC contractors may entice you with suspiciously low prices to get their foot in the door. Once they get in for initial service, they may campaign for unnecessary services to rack up more money. Keep in mind that, in many cases, a simple repair will suffice, and a complete heater or AC system replacement is superfluous.
Anthony’s Cooling-Heating-Electrical is a premier source of top-rated heating and air conditioning solutions in and around Palmetto and Sarasota, FL. Our trained, experienced staff is committed to providing the safety, comfort, and indoor air quality that you deserve. Call us at (941) 347-0779 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation.