As spring time quickly approaches, unfortunately so to do the Air Conditioning Scam Artists. In order to avoid being scammed, you need to know what to watch out for when either a sales or repair technician arrives at your home.
Here is a list of the most common scams we hear about from HVAC companies who trick their customers into spending more money than is necessary.
1. Replacing Parts When They Don’t Need Replacing
Some service technicians may tell you a part needs replacing or repairing when it is perfectly fine. In most cases the cost of replacing the part seems so high it makes sense to buy a whole new unit.
If your technician suggests to have several faulty parts, this could be a red flag. It is quite rare for an air conditioning unit to have multiple failures simultaneously. Chances are, multiple parts aren’t functioning because of one part broke
Your best defense against this scam is to get a second opinion.
2. Air Conditioning Offers that sound Too Good to be True
It’s true, most companies are in business for one reason, to make a profit. While some prioritize providing great service at competitive rates, others will cut any corners to get ahead and make a quick buck. Be careful of the too-good-to-be-true deals.
If a telemarketer calls you and promises a free service or a massive discount, chances are, they are steering you toward something you never intended to shop for in the first place.
3. Claiming Your Refrigerant Needs to be “Recharged”
Air conditioners shouldn’t need recharging. If it does, it’s because it’s leaking. Rather than charge to to simply recharge your refrigerant, your technician should work on finding and repairing the cause of the problem.
4. Pushy, High-Pressure Sales Are Never a Good Sign
There’s a pretty good chance if your HVAC Technician is trying to scare you and is being really pushy, they are probably scamming you. If your unit is not in a condition you would consider harmful or unsafe. Get a second opinion. Don’t get bullied into thinking you have no options.