It seems like every time you check the mail there is a new coupon from some heating and cooling company offering their services at a discount rate. Right now the big service that is being pushed is air conditioner maintenance, and if you care about the condition of your air conditioner, odds are you have this service performed every year. The economy has everyone looking for ways to save, so those coupons are going to catch your attention. Illegitimate HVAC companies realize your need to save, and use it to their advantage. Don’t fall for their cheap tricks, and you will put your hard earned money to good use instead of wasting it on an air conditioner maintenance scam.
Low Pricing Red Flags
As you collect your air conditioner maintenance coupons, take a moment to notice the difference between the prices from one company to the next. You will find that some companies offer prices in the 70-90 dollar range, and other will offer the same service for 20-30 dollars. How is this possible? Are the high end companies just looking to make a bigger profit? No, they aren’t, and they are not the scam artists in this situation. Performing a cleaning for 70-90 dollars is the lowest a company would be able to go and still pull a small profit from the service. The companies that offer the extremely low pricing are the ones that should raise red flags in your mind.
Creating Problems for Your Air Conditioner and Your Wallet
A professional air conditioning cleaning service could not be performed at that low of a price and still turn a profit. In fact, the company would have to take a major hit in order to perform the service. So how is it that they are able to offer prices this low? They do this because they know that once they leave the customer’s home, they will have a lot more than 20 or 30 bucks in their pocket. The goal is to get access to the air conditioner and then find a problem even if one doesn’t exist. We have heard of companies that even go as far as to intentionally damage the air conditioner. From allowing the Freon to leak out to damaging compressor coils, some scam artists will stop at nothing to make a quick buck. As the unsuspecting homeowner, you hand over hundreds and sometimes thousands of your hard earned dollars without knowing you have been scammed.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where a technician is asking for way more money that you intended to pay, get a second opinion. It make take more time and leave your family in discomfort for a little while longer, but in the end you will be glad that you took the time to protect your hard earned money.