If you've been contacted by someone suggesting that they come to your home to check the safety of your heating system, be aware that sometimes furnace scams do happen. While maintenance is crucial for your safety, it's also important that these inspections be made by someone qualified and insured.
Pointers for Avoiding Furnace Scams
Before you allow a stranger into your home, check all the local resources you can to verify that the person is who he or she claims to be. Fortunately there are many good resources to provide excellent feedback on prospective contractors: your local BBB maintains a record of service and even ranks businesses on client service, Angies List is another option and finally there are many online services such as Yelp that can give feedback.
Remember, no contractor is perfect, it is the body of work you are checking. If there is a problem, how do they react is what you want to know. Obviously, the longer they have been in business, the better because the business has stood the test of time.
Fortunately, laws are on the side of homeowners when it comes to their heating and cooling systems. Anyone working in the HVAC field ought to have a state or local license, insurance and a bond to perform in this field. You can check with the local authorities to verify that the HVAC contractor holds valid certification.
Beware of someone posing as an HVAC technician, especially if they offer same-day or limited time offers for furnace replacement for an exceptionally low price. Though tempting, we all know that if the offer seems to be to good to be true—that is likely the case. Do your home work and look for HVAC companies like P.K. Wadsworth who provide a free check of your heat exchanger as a second opinion.
A trusted HVAC contractor will show you exactly what's going on with your system, especially if it isn't safe to run. High levels of carbon monoxide, rust or cracks in the heat exchanger may prompt a repair or replacement and both can be verified by getting a second opinion from another HVAC contractor if needed. The HVAC business has become a highly sophisticated business today and a professional will use high tech meters and training to help diagnose potential problems. The good news is that he ought to show you the problems as a result.
Contact the pros at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling to learn more about avoiding furnace scams. We've provided trusted HVAC services for greater Cleveland homeowners for more than 77 years and four generations of the Wadsworth family.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.