During the installation or repairs or replacement of an HVAC at home, you need to consider several things. It starts with an estimation process.
Understand the estimation process
Before you place a request for estimation do a thorough research, so as to get money worth services and enhance home comfort. HVAC systems are designed for long service life. Therefore invest in an efficient brand to ensure good performance and long service.
On your estimate request a contractor will visit your home. He will look around and check your HVAC system. Many aspects will be taken into consideration
- Home size
- Ductwork size and condition
- Venting system
- Electrical system
- Age, size and configuration of existing HVAC system
The contractor will then recommend repairs or replacement.
Insist written agreement
Never trust verbal agreement but demand to get a quote in writing. This is legal proof, which is helpful if the company misleads you or back off.
Weigh your options
The quotes for the HVAC system need to be provided by reliable and reputable technician. Conduct research on different HVAC Repair Company and select on the basis of experience, reputation, and past/existing customer reviews. Make sure that you hire a trained licensed and insured contractor with good BBB repute. It is good to hire a local company, who can help you for necessary service in future.
Evaluate the quotes
The written agreement need to clearly define the recommended repair or replacement option. The timeline to attain the system running after repairs or installation will also be mentioned. Warranty details related to the parts that are covered will be written clearly. Compare multiple quotes of each technician.
- System recommendations
- Reviews, referrals
- Timing for installation
- Experience and qualifications
- Your comfort level with the technician
Replacing or installing an HVAC system at home is a subject of concern for homeowners. They are vulnerable to scams. Unfortunately, all the HVAC companies’ do not operate ethically. It is wise to understand the common scams that shady HVAC repair technicians use to con their customers in spending more cash than necessary.
Big red flags
- Replacing parts, when it is not necessary
- Offer made is too good, which cannot be refused
- Refrigerant is short or recharging scam
- Charge bill for full refrigerant filling but load less, while installation and reduce installation price
- Up front cash payment is a NO
The answer to stop being scammed is to seek second opinion. Hire a reputable and experienced HVAC local company.