These days, it’s very important to be able to have full confidence in your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) company, and the technicians who represent that company. In every part of the country, including the Phoenix area, there are less than reputable companies and individuals in operation who are much more interested in separating you from your hard-earned cash than in providing good service or good products. There are numerous scams being used to target unsuspecting homeowners, and through some clever misrepresentation and outright bullying, these scams sometime succeed in fleecing people out of significant sums of money.
One such scam involves a phone call to the homeowner, often an elderly person who would be a more convenient target for bullying, by a person claiming to be a technician from the HVAC service normally used by the owner. After an appointment is scheduled, the scammer shows up at the home, does some lightweight cleaning around the furnace, and presents the shocked homeowner with a bill for an amount between $500 and $1000. If the owner balks at paying immediately, intimidation is then used to extract the money, and the check is quickly cashed before the homeowner can discover that he/she has just been ripped off.
Preventing HVAC scams
The scenario described above is only one of several scams in which shady individuals attempt to gain home access, and then gain access to your bank account. There are actually many more such illegal con jobs in operation today, and they can all be prevented by taking a few precautions like these:
-beware of cold calls from an ‘HVAC technician’ claiming that service is due on your equipment – be sure to get an estimate
-be wary of special rates and free checkups on your HVAC systems
if you’re told that numerous HVAC parts have failed all at once, be suspicious, because that is very unusual
-don’t be fooled by a technician who tells you your air conditioner needs refrigerant every single year
-watch out for the scam where you are told your furnace is leading and needs to be replaced – ask for proof
-for any major repair or installation – make sure you get a second opinion!
HVAC service you can trust
Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating is a family-owned business which has been providing commercial and residential HVAC services to the greater Phoenix region for a very long time, and which has earned the trust of the community. Morehart is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and hires only well-qualified and certified technicians who have passed stringent background checks. We are committed to maintaining our solid reputation by providing the most professional service, and using products of the very best quality. Contact us today about your HVAC service needs.