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10 Suggestions To Help You Avoid Heating and Air Conditioning Scams in San Diego

Jul 4th 2015 at 7:18 PM

You are quite happy to see a service technician if your air conditioner malfunctions in the middle of heat waves during summer or the furnace has suddenly stopped working on a chilly winter night. However, do not choose the wrong contractor in haste, since you might end up being duped by a distrustful person. If you are residing in San Diego please use the guidelines below to avoid being scammed.

Tips to Follow

1. Some companies, large and small, will bait you with free or very low-cost tune-up offers to get their foot in the door and then upsell products or perhaps even a system replacement that you may not be ready for. Avoid them.

2. Once the replacement job is finished, ask the contractor for the old part since he might charge you for those that have not been replaced.

3. For very expensive repairs, or system replacement, compare two or three estimates from different contractors before deciding on one. This will aid in right selection. Trustworthy contractors are always ready to provide no-obligation estimates for A/C or heating installation.

4. Paying 10% or $1,000 as a down payment, (whichever comes first)is acceptable practice in the state of CA. However, avoid deals with contractors asking for the whole job payment in advance.

5. For simple issues, like cleaning/replacing your filter, or plugging the system in if it came unplugged, DIY (do-it-yourself) is always the best and easiest approach. The internet can be very helpful in these cases.

6. If you have a refrigerant leak, one of the most common repairs, ask about an injectable system sealer (like patching a tire, from the inside-out). This can prolong the life of your system and save you hundreds of dollars in expensive coil replacement if the leak is small.

7. Have a written contract with the contractor including points, such as,

· Commencement and completion dates

· Full Scope of Work to be performed

· Equipment model numbers

8. Check the contractor’s standing with your local BBB, Angie’s List, Google, Yelp and others for reviews. Good reviews will influence the right decision making.

9. Be sure whether you want a repair or replacement of your AC parts. You have to do a little research for it since the internet will help you know about the issues in your AC at the moment.

Quality and reliable contractors are highly trained, licensed, bonded, insured, and background checked.


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