Why Bargain HVAC Repairs Usually Cost More
Why Bargain HVAC Repairs Usually Cost More for your North Florida Home
Everyone loves to get a bargain, which is why a cheap air conditioning repair can seem so tempting. This is especially true since most people are not familiar with the intricacies of HVAC systems, and sometimes think all contractors deliver the same service. It may be a surprise to know some companies specifically advertise a low price only to show up for your appointment and substantially raise their price with add-ons and extra service charges. It’s the basic, “bait and switch” technique. Buyer beware: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The Realities of Cheap HVAC Repairs
Companies that repair HVAC systems for bargain prices often employ certain, shall we say, unethical practices. They may install parts that are cheaper, noisier, less efficient, unnecessary, more prone to breaking down or simply don’t work right. And, they offer no warranty on repairs they make. Many of these companies employ workers who don’t have the proper certification, training and/ or licensing, and thus could install parts incorrectly. The incorrect installation of parts might be minimal but can still cause major damage down the road. When parts don’t work right, your HVAC system can break down more quickly, increase your energy bill and cause further damage that takes even more money to repair.
How Bargain HVAC Companies Gouge Their Customers
The worst HVAC companies actually install things incorrectly on purpose in order to receive another service call. They may give you false information about how long certain parts are supposed to last, so you won’t know that the part you already paid for shouldn’t already need to be replaced. These companies also try to sell you services and repairs after the initial estimate. Generally, these repairs aren’t needed, but the company will insist that they need to be handled immediately.
How to Find a Reputable HVAC Company
Fortunately, most HVAC contractors who have been in business for a while are reputable companies and value their reputation within their community. To find a dependable, trustworthy company, consider each of the following:
- Find out how long they’ve been in business. Learn About John D. Jones HVAC here.
- Ask if they are a factory-authorized dealer
- Make sure their employees are drug tested and background checked
- Insist on licensed technicians who are continuously trained
- Ask your friends and neighbors who they recommend
- Get a written estimate of repairs and seek out HVAC contractors who offer free second opinions
Once you’ve found an HVAC company you can trust, the extra money you might spend on initial repairs versus hiring a “bargain HVAC company” can save you money down the road. Quality contractors such as John D. Jones AC, Heating and Refrigeration offer exceptional service that is worth every penny.
John D. Jones AC, Heating and Refrigeration is a locally owned and locally operated heating and air conditioning, contractor. We are fully licensed and insured, and all of our technicians are NATE certified. We have been serving Tallahassee and the surrounding area for more than 20 years. Learn more about our business.