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Don’t Get Scammed: 3 HVAC Cons to Avoid

September 17, 2019


At one point or another, you will need to hire an HVAC technician to maintain a properly working heating or cooling system. There are a lot of options out there and it is hard to determine what is worth your money and what is a scam. Here are the top HVAC scams and advice regarding how to avoid them.

Trying to sell you replacement parts you don’t need
One of the most common scams from an HVAC technician is the replacement of parts when they don’t need to be replaced. An even bigger red flag is when a technician suggests that there are multiple faulty parts. If you receive this information, it is best to seek out a second and even third opinion to ensure that your HVAC needs specific parts to be replaced.
Recharging your HVAC system
Claiming that your refrigerant needs to be recharged is a way for a technician to add to your bill. You shouldn’t need refrigerant unless your system leaks. In the case that it does leak, simply filling it with more refrigerant is not going to fix the issue and you are throwing your money away. You should look for a new technician if the word “recharge” comes up.

Asking you to pay upfront
The final scam that you should watch out for with HVAC technicians is needing to pay upfront before service. There is no reputable company that would make such a requirement. Most likely a technician who does this will just take your money and leave without completing the service.

If you run across any of these common scams, try to find a new HVAC technician. Most of these clues are a dead giveaway that the company is untrustworthy.

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