Common HVAC Scams to Look Out For

As a homeowner, you're well aware that your HVAC system is an important investment to maintain. Unfortunately, we exist in a world where people would try to take financial advantage of you. These malicious people would do anything to try and make money off your investment.


Luckily, there are ways you can spot the scammers before they're even in your home. By doing some due diligence to protect your HVAC system, you'll be well-equipped to save money in the long run.


Professional Qualifications


The HVAC system of a home is complex, and for good reason; it's responsible for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Because of that, you need a trained and qualified technician, such as those at Tin Man Heating & Cooling Inc, to deal with it.


Having a sound background in HVAC systems allows a technician to be intuitively aware of safety issues that can happen. Here are the critical things to watch for when picking an HVAC technician:


Licensing

In most states, technicians need to have a license to operate locally. You can check government websites for proof of license before hiring someone for the job. Having a license also suggests that technician has the necessary education to handle repair.


Experience

It's not enough to have education, though; some job experience is the only way to truly appreciate HVAC problems. We recommend technicians who have at least 2 to 5 years experience working on home HVAC systems.


References

Any technician worth his salt can provide a list of satisfied customers he's serviced before. If they don't freely give you this information, ask for it. Call some of these references to make sure they're legitimate.


In the meantime, be on the lookout for these common HVAC scams:


1. "You really need a new one."


It's no secret that parts of a machine go bad. You'll eventually need to replace some of them, and a contractor's job is to identify which need to go. However, it's a common scam to suggest you need to replace a part that's still like new, and tell you why it's time to change it. Of course, not every contractor is lying about replacement.


How to tell: Actually, it's simpler than you might think. Does the building feel adequately cooled or heated? Do you hear any unusual noises from the unit? Can you smell something bad? If you didn't say "yes," then there's probably nothing wrong. Do your own research about suggested replacement parts before agreeing to anything.


2. "Sure, we replaced the part." They didn't.


Another common scam is when a malicious contractor claims to replace a part that he didn't. He'll claim the problem will go away in just a few days. All replacements are simple fixes. Frozen units just need to thaw, but he'll offer no other work.


How to tell: It's hard to tell when you're not experienced at the job yourself. Not only that, but all you can really do is watch the technician replace the part yourself. The easiest way to stop this from happening is to make sure you pick the best HVAC repair company at the get-go.


3. "It'll cost you a pretty penny."


Thanks to competitive pricing, it's hard to make this scam work. Still, plenty of companies try to overcharge for the sake of overcharging -- not because of qualify service. It's not the most common scam, though, because most managers are completely aware of pricing. Even if you're wrong about overcharging, take the time to research and get another opinion.


How to tell: Like we said, do some extra research. Call another HVAC company and see how much they'll quote you for the same job. After they tell you, offer the original number you were quoted. If they explain that their labor is cheaper, or they can provide a discount for any other reason, then you know they're not just low-balling you.


4. "Hi there! I'm calling on behalf of [good HVAC company]."


They're just calling to offer you a free inspection, entirely out of the goodness of their hearts! Often, these scammers will claim to work for bigger, legitimate companies and try to trick others into giving them money for work.


How to tell: Unless you see the company logo on a pickup truck or van, they're probably lying. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find a legitimate company that doesn't display its logo on a marked vehicle. Honest contractors should never let employees use their personal vehicles, and this is precisely why.

Tin Man Heating & Cooling Inc can offer you the peace of mind you deserve. We guarantee to deliver efficient, honest HVAC repair, and ensure your unit won't malfunction during the seasons you need them most. Contact us today for a quote!


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