Avoiding Springtime HVAC Scams

HVAC services are in high demand during spring, as homeowners prepare for warmer weather. HVAC demand also drives unscrupulous individuals to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. Telemarketing is a common way HVAC scammers find their victims. Their services will be discounted if they “happen to be in the area”. Additionally, they may claim your HVAC system is about to break down, or that your air conditioner contains mold or other harmful substances that are found in some homes in your area. Regardless of the reason, there are some tell-tale signs that they’re scams. Unsolicited offers that claim to be urgent or life-threatening or offers that seem too good to be true. Some scammers offer “free” air conditioning system inspections, only to find that something is wrong with the system. HVAC contractors who are legit should have a website with an address and a phone number. It is important that you verify the company’s status as a business. It is also a good idea to check the Better Business Bureau. A legitimate technician should be able to provide their NATE ID, which is available on their website. In fact, if you keep up with your HVAC maintenance, you won’t even have to deal with unsolicited service calls. Find out if your HVAC contractor offers scheduled maintenance. You can keep track of your HVAC maintenance appointments by signing up for one.



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