As Outside Temperatures Drop, HVAC Scams on the Rise
With temperatures hovering around zero degrees Fahrenheit on thermometers across much of the country, many homeowners are looking for the fastest fix possible when their furnaces break down.
Unfortunately, this is leading some homeowners into heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) scams, in which low-quality or incomplete furnace repair work is performed at high prices. These shoddy repairs often require even more repair work in the future to fix the damage done by the scammers.
According to WKRC Cincinnati, the best way for homeowners to avoid being scammed is to simply do the research before signing any contracts. Consult online business review sites like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau website to see what other customers thought of their HVAC repair technicians.
If a company tells you that your furnace repair is expected to cost several hundred dollars, you will likely want to seek out a second or even third opinion from other local HVAC companies and from people you know who are knowledgeable in HVAC repair. This is especially true if you’ve never hired the company before.
If you are approached by an HVAC technician or contractor who speaks in overhyped, fear-inducing language about the nature of your furnace’s problem, it might be best to steer clear and move on to a different company — this is a common technique that scammers use to convince homeowners they need a more expensive repair. In addition, never sign a contract you feel pressured to sign.
There’s no doubt that having a broken furnace at this time of the year is an emergency that should be taken care of as soon as possible — but by taking a little extra time to find a reputable HVAC repair company, you can save yourself from countless headaches down the road.