It seems that everybody wants your money these days. The kids want it. The government wants it. Unfortunately, there are scammers who will pose as reputable HVAC companies, and they want your money too. They will charge you an arm and a leg for shameful work. Shameful because it’s low quality and dishonest. Here are 3 HVAC scams to watch out for:
1. Unnecessary Parts
One sweltering summer day you find that your air conditioner is not working. You call a local HVAC company and after inspecting your system, the technician says you need to replace some parts. The price? $867! It could be that the HVAC company is charging you for parts that don’t even need to be replaced. It’s a common scam tactic among dishonorable HVAC companies. Always research who you are doing business with. Look for online reviews and get multiple quotes from different companies. You may find that several of them will present a different situation than the dishonorable HVAC company.
2. Oversized AC Units
Bigger is always better right? This saying may be true in some areas of life but in HVAC? Not so much. If you find an HVAC company is pushing a big unit on you, they may just be out to fatten their wallets. Larger units do in fact cool your home quicker and more efficiently. The problem is that they cool your house so fast that they cycle on and off throughout the day. You end up with a higher energy bill and a short-lived unit that wears out from turning off and on all the time. The best way to combat this scam is to ask the HVAC technician about the formula they used to calculate the proper unit size.
3. No Written Agreement
“You need Part A, Part B, and Part C, and it will cost $$$,” says HVAC tech. He expects you to pay on the spot. You should always ask for a written contract that outlines all the parts, work, and other details of the job. Honest companies will educate the customer. They’ll show you what and why something needs to be done. There are no hidden or surprise fees. Always make sure you that the company has armed you with enough information to make a wise decision.
We know that you work hard for your money and would like to keep most of it in your pocket. That’s why we’ve alerted you to these 3 HVAC scams. To avoid the headaches of scamming HVAC companies, choose Cypress Creek Air Conditioning and Heating as your honest and affordable HVAC company.