There are scammers in every industry, most of which play on your lack of knowledge on a topic to get you to buy things you don’t need or pay more than you should. The HVAC industry is no exception. Unfortunately, there are people who may call your home or business or even show up at your door offering a free HVAC inspection, only to tell you that you need a laundry list of costly repairs. We hate seeing this happen to good people, so we’ve created a list of signs that may indicate you are being scammed and tips for how to avoid becoming a victim.
Signs that an HVAC Inspector is Running a Scam
If you are contacted by an HVAC inspector who offers to inspect your unit for free, watch out for the following signs that they are running a scam:
- The inspector recommends major costly repairs, but you have not experienced any issues or indications that there might be a problem.
- The inspector offers to perform a free tune-up. Though estimates are typically free, free tune-ups are often a ploy to get you to buy more expensive services.
- The technician is pushy or uses scare tactics to get you to buy something that is expensive or that you don’t understand. An honest technician will take time to explain your repair needs and should never be pushy.
- The technician offers you a low price with a time limit attached for necessary repairs. Though it may seem like a great deal, the person may be dishonest about the amount of money it will cost when they have to service the unit a second time.
These are just a few signs that the technician may be running a scam. If you ever feel uncomfortable or cannot be sure if the person is being honest, always get a second opinion.
How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of an HVAC Scam
Though HVAC scams are more common than you might think, there are ways that you as homeowner or business owner can avoid becoming a victim of these dishonest HVAC companies and contractors:
- Research contractors and HVAC companies. Before you contact an HVAC company or contractor, do your homework. Look at customer reviews and company reputation before you hire someone. When they arrive, you can even ask to see their license.
- Get a second opinion on any major repair needs. If you have any doubt about your needs or the pricing for repairs, it may be worthwhile to get a second opinion from another professional HVAC technician.
- Ask for a detailed written quote. This helps keep the HVAC technician accountable for the repairs or other solutions that they are suggesting. You can then use this quote to do your own research on the issues and prices.
- Question the details and add-ons. If you are confused about any items on your quote or curious about additions that the technician has suggestion, just ask. An honest and experienced HVAC technician will be happy to educate you about your system.
Fortunately, there are honest and experienced HVAC technicians out there who are ready to offer you quality services at an affordable price. If you have a question about your HVAC unit, don’t hesitate to contact a Bryant heating and cooling company near you. We are always happy to educate our customers and answer any questions they may have about their system.