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
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What is a duct cleaning? Many people may think that they know the easy answer to this question, but do you really know what a duct cleaning looks like or what it should consist of? There are far too many companies out there that are giving consumers the wrong impression of this service, and as a result, many homeowners are starting to think that a duct cleaning just isn’t worth their time or their hard earned money. However, if you knew what this service was supposed to look like, you would see the value in it.
Lacking the Tools and the Know How!
Many illegitimate duct cleaning companies don’t have the necessary tools or skill to clean the duct work properly. They may look the part but in the end they leave you with dirty ducts and a much lighter wallet. They trick their way into your home by offering attractively low pricing. They hook up a collection device to the ducts and basically spend the next couple hours up selling you on additional services. Continue reading
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No homeowner can avoid using professional services in their home at some point. No matter how much of a “do it yourselfer” you may be, there are just some repairs and projects that need expertly skilled, and warranted, hands to complete. These are usually the bigger projects like roof replacement, furnace or air conditioner installation, and remodeling projects. Depending on the situation, you may not think that you have the time to search around for multiple estimates before signing a contract. In an emergency, it is easy to simply sign off on the offer given by the first contractor in site. This is could result in huge losses for your home and for your wallet. So, take this warning to hear, “Be careful signing contracts!”
Deceptive Contracts and the Fine Print
Any contractor that attempts to pressure you into signing a contract on the spot is already telling you that they may be hiding something. They don’t want you to have the chance to look too close at what you are signing because if you did, you may have a few problems with what you find. These types of contractors tend to hide promises within their contracts that they never directly tell you about upfront. Things like requiring payment in full upfront, warranty loopholes, and liability responsibilities. These tricks could leave you with more responsibilities that you bargained for, and leave you owing the contractor more money than you expected. Continue reading
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