How to Avoid Being Ripped Off on AC Repairs

Every year, people are getting ripped off for thousands of dollars on AC repairs. Now that the colder weather is getting closer and closer, AC repair companies are desperate to keep their sales up. So, right now is not a very good time to get your air conditioner repaired, because the chances of getting ripped off are higher than ever. However, with a few savvy tips and tricks you can avoid getting ripped off – you might even be able to save a few dollars. When it comes down to it, if you remain aware, your likelihood of getting ripped off will become smaller and smaller. Here is how to avoid being ripped off on AC repairs.

First, it is always important to do your due diligence on the person you hire to repair your air conditioner. You never want to close your eyes and put your finger on someone’s name in the phonebook, because this is a really great way to get ripped off. So, make sure to look at a number of different companies, look at reviews, talk to previous customers and see if the company has a history of ripping people off.

Also, if you get a list of services or parts that an air conditioning repairperson recommends, always do some backup research. Do you even need a particular part that an air conditioning repair person recommends? Do you even need a recommended service? Chances are that you will find a few things you don’t even need, so you can either go back to the repair person and tell them that you don’t need a part or a service done, or you can go with a whole new AC repair company. If you start to notice anything really fishy, you should definitely hire a new AC repair company.

Next, you always want to see what you can do on your own. If your AC system only needs light maintenance, why hire a company to do it, when you can do it on your own – for free? For instance, if your air conditioning system needs a routine tune up and cleaning, you can always learn how to clean HVAC coils, change filters and patch up any light ductwork leaks. Why spend a fortune by hiring an HVAC company when you can easily do many of these repairs on your own? – All with a simple online or video tutorial.

Lastly, always compare quotes, because chances are that you can find another company that can beat the first quote you get. Also, you might get a quote that is significantly lower, which is a surefire sign that the first company you chose is trying to rip you off. Also, if you notice any suspicious behavior, like the repair person doesn’t have a license on hand, you should be weary about letting that person into your house. When it comes to hiring a repair person to fix your home, it is always much better to be safe than sorry - you are inviting a perfect stranger into your home after all.

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