When you’re on a budget, it’s tempting to choose the air conditioning contractor who offers you the best price. But the service quality can be awful when you pick a cheap AC company to complete the project.
You want the greatest value for your buck. Who doesn’t? But as the old adage goes, “You get what you pay for.” When it comes to AC companies, that couldn’t be closer to the truth!
An air conditioning service should give you the most for your money with full transparency. Cheap AC companies cut costs by doing shady things right under your nose!
Because Action Air Conditioning upholds honesty, integrity, and transparency with our customers, we want to tell you exactly what to look for when hiring a professional in our industry.
It upsets us to see good people like you scammed by scummy companies in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Helping you to make an informed decision is our greatest priority!
Overcharging for Parts
When a cheap deal seems to be too good to be true, it is. One of the most popular ways that low-cost air conditioner companies get more money is by fooling their customers. The easiest way to do this is to overcharge for parts.
There will always be a convenience fee for parts, but extreme mark-ups are entirely uncalled for. Many cheap AC companies will advertise low service fees just to get in your home and then sell you something you don’t need.
Always ask how much the parts will cost upfront and check them online to get an idea of the actual markup and labor price.
Sometimes, costly replacement parts you supposedly “need immediately” aren’t necessary. Since the damaged part is imaginary, so is the work done. That leads us to their next most common trick.
You read that right! A cheap AC company may offer a special price to service your system, and then upon inspection, explain to you that your HVAC is in serious condition.
Lies may be told about mold, dust, or damage, and they might present you with convincing images or video.
How do they pull it off? They take photographs or video footage from a different property and present them to you as if they came from your system.
To prevent this from happening to you, we suggest that you take time to accompany the contractor during their inspection. Ask for videos instead of photographs and that they pan the room or property a little before capturing the necessary footage. Any contractor worth their salt will respect your request. Most will do it without being asked!
Lazy or Improperly Done Labor
When you hire a cheap AC company, the quality of the workmanship suffers. As soon as you turn your back, they will slack on the job. Even with your eyes on them, they can cut corners and put in less effort than they should.
Poor AC Companies Don’t:
- Calculate and apply math of your living space in relation to the size of the unit.
- Correct airflow and address duct systems.
- Perform tests like blower door tests to ensure the right ventilation and energy codes.
Having an expert do the dirty work often means that you don’t know the trade yourself. That gives cheap AC companies the advantage to pull the wool over your eyes. So instead, open them up and dig into their history.
At this point, it’s important to stress that more expensive services don’t guarantee professional results. Even costly companies might scam customers!
So How Can You Choose the Best AC Contractor Instead of Simply a Cheap AC Company?
The only way to understand the value of an air conditioning business is by evaluating what type of instruction they offer their contractors. A true expert with high ethics and top knowledge is ideal. You want to find one that has invested both time and money into an immense amount of training.
If a technician or contractor isn’t prepared, they can’t do an incredible job. AC companies like Action Air Conditioning hold a high standard for education and practice that can only produce the best results possible.
If you have a problem with your air conditioning system and need a fully trained and highly educated company that cares about its customers, contact Action Air Conditioning today!