Your heating and cooling systems are significant investments, so make sure to hire a reputable HVAC company for installations and repairs. Dishonest heating and AC contractors can charge unreasonable prices and do more harm to your equipment than good! Here are a few common HVAC scams and how to avoid them.
Oversized AC & Heating Units
When it comes to HVAC, bigger isn’t always better. Some contractors will sell you the biggest unit, regardless of the size of your home. Oversized units are costlier and the contractor can ask for a higher installation price. These units also have higher upkeep costs and energy consumption. To avoid this scam, ask for the numbers that calculate the load of the unit to be installed. All furnaces and air conditioners should get a load calculation before installation, especially if you’re having both replaced.
Air Conditioner Repair Scams
During the warmer months, HVAC companies are busy fixing cooling systems and scammers can take advantage of this time of the year. A technician who claims that your equipment is damaged should be able to show you the problem with a camera inspection or electrical tests. Homeowners are usually told that they have a bad capacitor or faulty breaker in their circuit panel.
A good HVAC contractor will not give you only one option. They should provide a quote and options to repair your current system, or an estimate for a new unit if your existing one is over 15 years old.
If a company is offering services and prices that are good to be true, then they probably are. Fly-by-night companies know that they won’t be around to honor warranties when something goes wrong after installation. Check the contractor’s vehicle for a local license plate and company logo. Before hiring a contractor, make sure they have a valid license and insurance. It will also help to read online reviews and ask for references.