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A guide to help consumers avoid HVAC scammers and hiring a reputable HVAC contractor.

How to Protect Yourself From an HVAC Scammer

 

There are a lot of different HVAC contractors out there, and not all of them are reputable. It’s important that you do everything you can to make sure you don’t fall victim to a classic HVAC scam. Purchasing a repair or a comfort system that you don’t need is something that happens all too often in our industry, and we try to do everything we can to prevent that from happening.

HVAC and home improvement scams are especially common during times after a disaster. Customers who are in the most need often find themselves prime targets for fraudulent services, who take advantage of the desperate situation. Read this blog and find out what you can do to make sure next time you need an HVAC you won’t fall victim to a fraudulent HVAC technician!

 

Know Your Unit

Preparation is key! Get to know your unit, understand how it runs while it is running well, you can even take pictures of the system, so you have a reference point. Knowing how your system is an important part of understanding how it should run when healthy and helps you prepare for when things go wrong.

You can even schedule an appointment with an HVAC tech to assess the current state of your HVAC. This will give you a better idea of what the problem is when something happens, which keeps fraudulent HVAC companies in check.

 

Do Your Research

There are a lot of different HVAC systems available for you to buy, and there are a lot of different companies for your to employ, it’s important that you do your research on both. There are a lot of questions you need to ask yourself when investing in a new HVAC, and knowing what systems are out there and available to your will help you make a better decision. Should you compromise maximum comfort to fit your budget better? What kind of energy efficiency do you want from your unit? It’s important to do your research so you can answer those questions.

It’s also important that you must research different HVAC contractors. Talk to your friends and family, and check out reviews online to get an idea of the kind of service you can expect from a company. Also, see what they say on their website and find out what they’re certified to work on, so you make sure you hire a qualified technician. You can confirm a contractor’s license here!

 

Talk To Multiple Companies

Once you’ve done your research, you need to speak to some different HVAC companies. See if the impression you got online and from your friends matches the same impression you get in person. If they seem to be pushy, overzealous or in a hurry to get you to buy, trust your gut and don’t let them force you into anything.

Speaking to multiple contractors lets you get multiple opinions. Getting to know multiple contractors reduces the likelihood that a fraudulent HVAC technician can take advantage of you. Also, make sure they provide proper explanations for the work and units they suggest to you, and that you get a quote in writing. This prevents a fraudulent HVAC contractor from conducting the classic bait and switch tactic to get you to buy something else.

 

Trust Your Gut

You’ve put in the work and the effort, trust yourself to know when something is wrong. If a contractor’s plan for you changes, get a good explanation. If you have any questions make sure the contractor provides a quality answer. And, if anything strikes you as a red-flag, don’t be afraid to stop them from working. Remember that this is your money being spent, and your HVAC being installed.

Now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. A new HVAC will save energy and money on monthly bills because it’s brand new and works with more efficiency, so enjoy the savings and the comfort!

 

Let Lee's Serve You!

It’s important to us that the people of Lafayette are never taken advantage of, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure that never happens. It’s our hope that you take the advice in this blog to heart and use it when you find yourself in need of an HVAC contractor. Remember, talk to your friends, do your research, know your unit, ask questions, and trust your gut. If you can follow these tips, you’ll always have a good experience with an HVAC company.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, or if you have any more questions, contact us here!

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