When your air conditioning breaks down or is not functioning as it should, you need to have access to professional HVAC service that can get the job done right. Since we’re all on a budget, it isn’t unusual for people to shop around a bit to get a better deal.
However, there are some caveats that go along with this practice. Cheaper isn’t always better where HVAC is concerned and as a matter of fact, choosing an air conditioning repair company just because it’s cheap might just cost you more in the long run.
Common fraudulent practices in HVAC
Much like car repair, some unscrupulous companies will go out of their way to “repair” issues that don’t exist, sell you parts you don’t need, or avoid doing the work altogether while charging you a premium.
Knowing what to look out for is important, but ultimately, choosing a reputable company that has already gained its customers’ trust should be number one. After all, it is your comfort we’re talking about!
Here are some common red flags to look out for so that you don’t find yourself worse off than you started:
Super-discounted low-ball pricing
The old adage that says “if it sounds too good to be true …” is very accurate when it comes to air conditioning repairs. You simply can’t provide a high level of service without charging for it – and that’s just simple math. Think about it: the technician makes a minimum of $18 – $20 per hour. They probably use a company vehicle. There are expenses involved in maintaining an office, staff, and so on. Knowing all this, do you still think it’s feasible, reasonable or even believable to get a service call for $29?
And how about that “cheap” all-in price for equipment and installation? …