Home repair fraud is an on going threat in anything from the unsolicited sales person to the fly by night repair companies. Fraudsters have gained fame for blatant scams involving roof seal coating, however their are the less blatant attempts effecting just about anything in your home or heating and cooling system. Continue reading
No homeowner likes having to call in a professional to perform repairs, but when you are forced to employ their services, it is important that you choose the right pro for the job! Many states require contractors to acquire licenses for the various types of work that they claim to perform, and as the consumer hiring their services, making sure your contractor is properly licensed could be the difference between a job well done and a job that needs to be re-done! There are some HVAC contractors out there that advertize plumbing services along with their heating and cooling services. This isn’t a problem if the company is licensed to do both and hires both licensed HVAC professionals and licensed plumbers, but if you don’t ask for proof of a plumbing license, don’t assume that your HVAC contractor is qualified. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
If you rely upon a window or through the wall air conditioner to cool the rooms in your home, you have probably noticed how water leaking out the back of the system, especially on particularly humid days, is a normal part of the systems function. However, you may have also found water in places other than the back of the system and may have wondered if this was normal as well. No, it is not normal, and odds are you have a problem that needs to be addressed before real damage is done to the system or your home.
Coming Leaks and Condensation Problems:
- Water Coming Out the Front of the Unit: If the unit is cooling normally but water is coming out the front of the system, odds are the unit was not installed properly. For those of us that install and uninstall the unit with the change of seasons, making sure that the system is on a slight backwards slant is a must. Water will drain into the home instead of out if the slant is tipped forwards instead of back. Continue reading
Many of us lead very busy lives. Between work, family, taking care of the home, and finding time to spend with friends, some things just have to wait. Far too often, the things that get thrown on the backburner are repairs and maintenance that need to be performed in the home. Ignoring these problems or letting them go for long periods of time often leaves you with a much bigger problem than you originally had. Clogged sinks won’t unclog themselves and cracked drywall won’t reseal without someone taking the time to perform these repairs. Many of us don’t have the time it takes to make these kinds of repairs, and that is where the pros come in handy. They can take care of those jobs you have been putting off for far too long.
Don’t Avoid the Pros
Many people like to avoid calling in the professionals at all costs. They automatically assume that the cost will be outrageous and therefore think that they would be better off attempting the repair on their own. In some cases this may be true, but many repairs are outside the talents of the typical handyman. The average homeowner attempting a repair that is beyond their reach could end up costing more than it would have to simply have the job done right the first time by a professional. Continue reading