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Watch Out for HVAC Bait-and-Switch Scams This Spring

Your heating and cooling system is one of your biggest home investments, which is why you should carefully choose who will take care of your HVAC system’s needs. However, finding dependable HVAC companies isn’t as easy as it may seem. You want to work with reputable, highly-trained professionals to ensure your living space stays safe and comfortable through every season.

HVAC Bait-and-Switch Scams

Here we discuss why it’s important to watch out for HVAC bait-and-switch scams this spring.

Bait-and-Switch Scams

The bait-and-switch method is one of the most common ways unscrupulous companies take advantage of clients. This type of scam typically begins with telemarketing. This is when someone calls you out of the blue and offers you limited-time deals or huge discounts. They may tell you that part of your HVAC system is in poor shape, or they might say that you have harmful mold in your air conditioner just because it’s present in other homes in your area.

Their goal is for you to feel like you need their immediate assistance by making up an issue that seems urgent. They’ll make it seem like you’ll miss out on a lot of savings if you don’t take advantage of what they’re offering. In addition, it isn’t uncommon for these people to offer a free inspection and then tell you that your equipment is in bad condition even when it’s working just fine.

Once you hire them, they’ll claim that you need a new HVAC unit even if your existing one isn’t having any issues. They’ll then replace your current equipment with a low-cost unit and charge you a higher price. In many instances, the unit may seem to work well despite having minor issues. It’s hard to tell the difference in efficiency unless you have it professionally inspected by a dependable technician.

How Do You Save Yourself From These Situations?

Whether you’re looking for quality HVAC filter products or need a new air conditioner, you should only work with reputable professionals. Obtaining estimates from at least three companies will help you find the best person to do the job. Before agreeing to anything or signing a contract, do your research. Check the prospective contractors’ websites, read customer feedback and ask for proof of licensing.

By investing in routine inspections and maintenance, you’ll be more aware of what your HVAC system really needs and better able to avoid scammers. Experts recommend scheduling tune-ups at least once a year. Keep in mind that HVAC emergencies increase the risk of getting scammed.

At Cafco Services, we’ve been providing superior residential and commercial HVAC services for nearly eight decades. You can trust our experienced team for your HVAC installation, repair and maintenance needs. We also offer quality refrigeration equipment services. Call us at (513) 242-3400 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.